Wimbledon canceled for the first time since 1945

The Wimbledon Grand Slam series tournament was canceled due to a coronavirus pandemic. This was reported by the press service of the tournament.

Wimbledon was supposed to be held in the UK from June 29 to July 12. Currently, all tennis tournaments have been suspended until June 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, Wimbledon will be held from June 28 to July 11. Earlier, another Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, scheduled to be held in Paris from May 25 to June 7, was rescheduled for fall.

“We made this decision with the greatest respect for the public health and well-being of all those who came together to make Wimbledon a reality. It was very difficult for us to think that the championships were previously interrupted only by world wars, but after a thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that ultimately the right decision would be to cancel the championship this year and instead focus on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those who are in our month’s GOVERNMENTAL communities and beyond”, – said chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) Ian Hewitt.

The tournament has been held since 1877, this draw was supposed to be the 134th. Previously, the tournament was canceled only during the periods of world wars (1915-1918, 1940-1945). Last season, the tournament was won by Serb Novak Djokovic and Romanian Simone Halep, the prize pool of the competition was $49.43 million. Most often in the men’s singles category, the Swiss won Roger Federer (8 times), the women won Martin Navratilova (9), who different years represented Czechoslovakia and the United States.

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