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Wimbledon set for Crunch Talks on 2020 Future

Wimbledon set for Crunch Talks on 2020 Future Photo: TT
Novak Djokovic with the trophy of the Wimbledon Championships

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) will meet next week as they reach crunch time for a decision on whether to postpone or cancel the 2020 Wimbledon Championships.

Last week, French Open organisers confirmed they would postpone their May-June event until later in the year due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

Wimbledon is currently scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 12, which appears increasingly unlikely to proceed.

The AELTC has an emergency meeting scheduled for next week where the future of this year’s event will be discussed, along with the possibility to postpone.

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said: “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.”

Wimbledon organisers have made it clear they will not play the event behind closed doors.

One of the challenges with a postponement for the AELTC is finding an appropriate time in the schedule with the grass court surface in mind.

There was criticism of the French Open’s decision to postpone to September, barely a week after the scheduled conclusion of this year’s US Open, so finding a good time in the tennis calendar will be difficult.

Ben somerford
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