Wimbledon is facing a threat of an imminent postpone or cancellation in worst case scenario emerging from the Covid-19 virus pandemic. Coronavirus concerns have extremely grown for England and the viral infection did not even spare Royalty.
Heir apparent of the British throne, Prince Charles was on Wednesday reported positive for Coronavirus infection.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club, organisers of Wimbledon, has confirm that it was continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The AELTC has been contingency planning since January, working closely with the UK Government and public health authorities to follow their advice and understand the likely impact of COVID-19 and the Government’s emergency measures on The Championships, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis at this time,” the AELTC has confirmed in a statement.
“The unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world. The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make. We are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2020 and have convened an emergency meeting of the AELTC Main Board for next week, at which a decision will be made,” said Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive.
An emergency meeting of the AELTC Main Board is scheduled for next week. The organising body for The Championships was communicating with the LTA, and with the ATP, WTA, ITF and the other Grand Slams. The build-up for The Championships in normal situation begins from the end of April.
“At this time, based on the advice we have received from the public health authorities, the very short window is available to us to stage The Championships due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty. Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out,” reads the statement.
All the AELTC’s sites at the All England Club, Wimbledon Park Golf Club and Raynes Park are currently closed on Government the Government advice with physical operations reduced to the practical minimum to maintain the grass courts and the security of the sites.
The AELTC, through our charity the Wimbledon Foundation, is offering support within our local communities and more broadly for the London and UK population through our partnerships with the British Red Cross and City Harvest.
The Championship this year is scheduled from June 29 to July 12.