“The youngsters are missing a chance to improve, the middle players are kind of stuck, and players like Serena Williams and Roger Federer, time is not their friend," said Martina Navratilova.
Wimbledon’s cancellation, its first in 75 years, made it clear when it was announced Wednesday that the rest of the 2020 season was in danger.
A host of important events are scheduled to take place after the Wimbledon Championships, all of which face the threat of being cancelled. Here’s a look at those events and how their respective venues are currently coping with the pandemic.
The All England Club decided to cancel Wimbledon, a development that triggered fears of the rest of the 2020 season getting scrapped.
The 134th Wimbledon Championships will be held from June 28 to July 11 next year.
Wimbledon joins the growing list of sports events called off completely in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The next edition of the tournament will be June 28 to July 11, 2021.
Novak Djokovic has been spending some quality time with his family in self isolation, as he cosplayed the character, Captain Hook, a few days back at home.
With professional tennis on hold until at least June, the sport’s administrators and players are scrambling to cut their losses as tournaments are postponed or cancelled en masse.
A portion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is set to transform into a 350-bed temporary hospital on Tuesday.
“Wimbledon has stated that they will have a board meeting next Wednesday and will make the final decision there,” DTB vice-president Dirk Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany.
Osaka, who won the U.S. Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019, was the central character in the video to launch Tokyo 2020’s official motto for the Games, launched last month.
The virus, which emerged in China late last year, has brought sporting events around the world to a halt and killed more than 24,000 people.
The coronavirus has already forced the organisers of he French Open to reschedule to September, but by next week, the fate of this year’s Wimbledon Championships will be decided.
Spain is one of the most badly affected countries in the world with over 56,000 cases and the parliament voted to extend the coronavirus lockdown to at least April 12 after the death toll rose to over 4,000 by Thursday.
Leander Paes is contemplating to extend his career by another year to bid for an eighth Olympic appearance following the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Just last week, the French Open made the decision to move the claycourt tournament to September 20 to October 4 from its May start because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Swiss tennis legend expects that this gesture of his influences others to join the movement against the novel coronavirus.
Tennis has also been impacted by the flu-like disease that has already killed more than 17,200 people worldwide since emerging in China late last year.
The tennis calendar has been in a near-constant state of flux because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the U.S. Open is still scheduled to start main-draw action at Flushing Meadows on August 31.
Ash Barty did not receive a heads up from tournament chief Guy Forget about moving the 2020 edition back by four months but said she would grasp at any chance she gets to defend her title.
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