The 134th edition of the Wimbledon Championships, which was scheduled to be held from 29th June – 12th July 2020 stands cancelled. This was the expected decision announced by the AELTC – All England Lawn Tennis Club, after the meeting held on Wednesday.
After 75 years it is the first time that Wimbledon is not been staged. It was during the World War II (1940-1945 ), that the event was not able to be held.
The extracts of the AELTC statement read:
- It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.
- Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships. 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. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.