Concerns revolving around the health of the public has led to the Wimbledon Championships being cancelled. The original schedule was June 29, Monday. And it would have gone on till July 12, Sunday.
This was supposed to be 134-th championship. It will be now held in 2021. According to reports, it has been postponed to June 28 – July 11, 2021.
The Grand Slam tournament is a celebrated one. It would have marked the 134-th tournament.
Ian Hewitt is the chairman of the Main Board of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. In a statement, he said,” This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the well being of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”
Hewitt also wrote,” It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.”
Concerning the tickets to the cancelled tournament, the people who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot will be refunded. This was declared on the Wimbledon website.
The French Open is typically like the second Gram Slam out of four played during the season. In March, it was postponed to September 20. The original date for it was May 24.
The tennis stadiums hosting the U.S. Open, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, is to be converted into a temporary hospital. According to plans, it will have 350 beds for non ICU patients from Elmhurst Hospital. The announcement was made on Tuesday.
Daniel Zausner is the center’s chief operating officer. He said,” We will continue to play every single day as if the U.S. Open will be hosted, and hopefully we’ll be in a position 5 months from today to see players actually practicing on the courts right behind us and playing at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”
On Wednesday, the USTA on Twitter wrote,” We understand the unique circumstances facing the All England Lawn and Tennis Club and the reasoning behind the decision to cancel the 2020 Wimbledon Championships.”
“At this time the USTA still plans to host the U.S. Open as scheduled, and we continue to hone plans to stage the tournament. The USTA is carefully monitoring the rapidly-changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and is preparing for all contingencies.”
The USTA also said,” all decisions made by the USTA regarding the US Open will be made with the health and well-being of our players, fans, and all others involved in the tournament.”