Wimbledon Cancelled, Tours Suspended Through July 12, Season In Doubt

by Sean Randall | April 1st, 2020, 4:26 pm

For the first time since World War II, there will be no Wimbledon. The venerable tournament made it official today announcing the 2020 Championships have been called off due to the coronavirus.

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.

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.

The tours — ATP, WTA, ITF — followed by extending their suspension of play from June 1 through July 12, effectively ending the grass season.

With the Olympics already postponed, this was no surprise.

Next, though, is the summer hardcourt season, and my guess is we are done for the year. That’s it, we’ll start fresh in 2021!

At least here in the U.S., based on reports and what I hear, we are fighting against a virus we just don’t know that much about.

We don’t know why it infects certain people but not others. Kills some but not all. Survives here but not there. The elderly are far more at risk than the young, but we don’t know the why.

Even how it spreads and how long it can survive is up for some debate. Does the heat or cold have any impact, we don’t know.

We are learning on the go, but we don’t have an answer or enough data, yet. Of course, there’s no vaccine and won’t have one for at minimum more six months.

Clinical trials are being conducted here in the U.S. with results expected this weekend, but even if they are successful (and I read they were in France), they are still probably 4-5 months away from reaching everyone who needs it.

And then you have all the other countries who are getting hit or about to get hit. So it could very well be a long, long road. Everyone is on different timelines, facing different elements which further complicates things.

With that said, I just don’t see how the tour returns this year.

Let’s say the heat slows it down, but won’t it then just pick back up in the fall when the cooler temps return? What does isolation do other than “slow” down the spread. It doesn’t “stop” it and won’t the spread just resume once we re-emerge. And that’s ultimately what we need, something to stop it or at the least alter its ferocity.

I’m not fear-mongering here, either. I’m not that worried about it. The mortality rate and spread is much, much lower than what was initially forecasted (so far… thankfully!) and I think we have enough smart people walking on this planet to figure this thing out. I’m confident of that.

But as for the rest of the 2020 tennis season, I’m just not confident this coronavirus will magically go away in time, and I don’t see the sense of re-starting late October, November or December with an abbreviated Slam-less indoor schedule.

There’s no blame here either. The tours and events have done and will continue to do the best they can, though some will suffer financially as will many of the players and us fans. But I do think we’ll get this solved by the end of the year.

Until then, be safe and follow your local guidelines.

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11 Comments for Wimbledon Cancelled, Tours Suspended Through July 12, Season In Doubt

skeezer Says:

Thanks Sean. Same to you and yours. So Wimby, Olympics and USO canceled, and FO is still holding out? No way that tourney goes as scheduled in Sept…

Temple Says:

So, it did happen. Novak Djokovic has finished the 2020 season unbeaten.

SG1 Says:

The way the US is going these days who’s to say there’ll be a US Open in 2021.

SG1 Says:

Wimbledon being cancelled is truly sad (but necessary). Sporting events are non-essential to be sure. It’s kind of crazy to think that an event in July is being taken off the schedule 4 months before it’s scheduled to begin. It’s a message that things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.

SG1 Says:

Well, 3 months but still

chrisford1 Says:

“So, it did happen. Novak Djokovic has finished the 2020 season unbeaten.”

And if they don’t play again in 2020, then Djokovic matches the year end #1 record of Pete Sampras.

PK Says:

Is it possible for Djokovic and Barty to accrue additional “weeks as No. 1” during the rest of the year – even though no one is playing? Or are the ranking tallies frozen until things get underway again? How would that work?

Sean Randall Says:

If I had to guess, Novak, Barty, etc are not going to get credit for these weeks at No. 1.

There will just be a gap in the timeline, like tournament results. Complicated but the right decision.

If this suspension were to last 2 years, would he really get 2 years? No. That’s not. So it should be no different for a short (let’s hope) period.

skeezer Says:

Glad there are not giving free weeks at #1, they should be earned.

Wog Boy Says:

The asterisk will be forever on those 310 weeks at #1 since the player who could break that record and was in top form, winning AO and Dubai was robbed of the chance to chase it.
All what that player needed is to stay #1 until first week of October, which was doable consider awful spring he had in 2019.
I don’t recall any player in the history of tennis having so many obstacles in his career and yet achieving what he has achieved.
Most importantly, being that best player of his era.
But again, you never know with those vegans, he might come back and surprise us all, finger crossed😉

Madmax Says:

Wimbledon cancelled, however we still have the re-runs, which I think will get us all through these horrific times globally.

Sport brings people together – virtually now – so I’ll be watching re-runs of all the Wimbledon finals starting June 25th this year, until mid July. It’s going to be a coping mechanism for sure.

We should start come kind of vote – or thread, best Wimbledon, best FO, best USO, best Australian – this could be fun – and we can all reminisce, ponder with fondness, the times we have been involved in opposition, with our favourites – staunchly being supported.

A virtual tennis.x beginning in June – which is the best Wimbledon to date?

All the best to everyone and your family.

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