İrem UZUN -TDO- Wimbledon, one of the centerpieces of the British summer sporting calendar, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club has confirmed, the first time the tournament will not be held since the second world war. It had been scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12. Next year's event will be held from June 28 to July 11.
"This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen," said Ian Hewitt, All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman. "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 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. "Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times."
Wimbledon is the latest major summer sporting event to be called off, with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics postponed for 12 months. The French Open, which was scheduled to be played from May 24 to June 7, announced last month that the event will now be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The United States Tennis Association on Wednesday issued a statement saying the U.S. Open is still scheduled to begin Aug. 24 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The site will begin to be converted into a medical facility starting Tuesday. It will be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic.