Wimbledon 2020 Have Officially Been Cancelled For The First Time In 75 Years Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak.

Wimbledon 2020 have officially been cancelled, following a meeting on Wednesday, by the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of the Championships, where they reached a decision, that it will be not be possible in any way, for the tournament to be played maybe later in the year, or to be played behind closed doors, due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic which led to the eventual cancellation.

The championship, which was initially scheduled to begin on 29th June to 12 July, will now be skipped this year, for the first time since 1945 (75 years), which was the final year of the Second World War, which lasted for 5 years.

The next Wimbledon championship which is set to be the 134th edition, will now be staged from 28 June to 12 July 2021.

A statement relesed on the Wimbledon website reads;
"Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life".

"Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, we have followed guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities in relation to our year-round operations, alongside developing an understanding of the likely trajectory of the outbreak in the UK. This has enabled analysis of the impact of the Government restrictions on the usual commencement in April of the significant preparations required to stage The Championships, either on the original date of 29 June, or at a later date in the summer of 2020."

The Wimbledon chiefs concluded that, the members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. They will also be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.

CloudNine Sports had reported that the Serbian Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title, and emerged champion in 2019, after an incredible battke, defeating Swiss, Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 at the Centre Court, which was the greatest and longest contest in the Men's singles final in Wimbledon history.

While Romanian Simona Halep beats American Serena Williams, 6–2, 6–2 to win the Ladies' singles tennis title at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, to become the first Romanian to win the Wimbledon title after a thrilling 56 minutes battle.

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