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Sport Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since WWII

17:05  01 april  2020
17:05  01 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Championships have been held every year since World War II , but the global pandemic has likely ended Not yet officially cancelled or postponed, Wimbledon is scheduled to be played from June 29 to Wimbledon bosses set to meet for call on 2020 tournament. The All-England Lawn Tennis Club

It would be the first time since 1945 that the tournament hasn't taken place as planned. German tennis federation vice-president Dirk Hordorff fueled speculation by telling Sky Sports Germany that the cancellation of Wimbledon has already been decided upon and would be revealed on Wednesday.

Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep are posing for a picture: Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were Wimbledon singles champions in 2019 © Thomas LOVELOCK Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were Wimbledon singles champions in 2019

Wimbledon looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar.

The cancellation of the only grasscourt Grand Slam tournament at the All England Club would leave the tennis season in disarray after the French Open was controversially moved and all events cancelled until June 7.

Serena Williams sitting in front of a crowd: Serena Williams is stuck on 23 Grand Slams © Ben STANSALL Serena Williams is stuck on 23 Grand Slams

Wimbledon, in leafy southwest London, is due to run for two weeks from June 29, with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep set to defend their singles titles.

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For the first time since 1945, it appears Wimbledon will not be taking place. According to the USA Today, The All England Club will announce on Wednesday the cancellation " Wimbledon will decide to cancel (this) Wednesday. There is no doubt about it. This is necessary in the current situation."

Wimbledon has not been canceled since World War II . According to one tennis official, it is likely the prestigious Grand Slam tournament will not take place this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. "The necessary decisions have already been made," German Tennis Federation vice president Dirk

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A decision to scrap the tournament is widely expected, with the world struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has infected more than 840,000 people worldwide and killed over 40,000.

Roger Federer hitting a ball with a racket: Has eight-time champion Roger Federer played for the last time at Wimbledon? © Adrian DENNIS Has eight-time champion Roger Federer played for the last time at Wimbledon?

Lead-up tournaments in the short grasscourt season are also likely to be scrapped following talks on Tuesday, understood to have involved Wimbledon chiefs and the game's governing bodies.

Organisers had earlier ruled out playing the Grand Slam behind closed doors and postponing the event would also create its own problems.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker on Tuesday pleaded for tournament chiefs to wait longer before making a decision.

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It was World War II the last time the tournament was not held, with 1915 to 1918 and 1940 to 1945, the only years the tournament was not held. So scenes of Novak Djokovic lifting the Wimbledon trophy after last years’ epic five-setter with Roger Federer will have to suffice for tennis fans.

Wimbledon CANCELLATION ' to be confirmed by All England Club after its emergency board Wimbledon will be cancelled after an emergency board meeting on Wednesday It will be the first time the tournament hasn't been played since World War Two

"I really hope Wimbledon will wait until the end of April for decision!" he tweeted. "The tourney is first week of July... patience is a virtue."

But former women's world number one Amelie Mauresmo, the 2006 Wimbledon champion, said the 2020 season would probably need to be scrapped.

"I think that we are going to have to draw a line under the 2020 tennis season," she tweeted.

The cancellation of Wimbledon could mean multiple champions Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams have played at the All England Club for the final time.

Federer and Serena will be nearly 40 by the time of the 2021 championships and Venus will be 41.

Serena, beaten in last year's final by Halep, is stuck on 23 Grand Slam singles titles -- agonisingly one away from equalling Margaret Court's record.

The conditions required to play on grass in England mean a postponement is impractical and a date later in the summer or early autumn would mean much shorter evenings.

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Wimbledon ’s expected cancellation — an official announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, but a German tennis official told Sky Sports the decision It would be the first time the grass-court event has been canceled since 1945 and the first time it has been canceled for reasons other than war .

“Please call Ron DeSantis since he doesn’t have a backbone, apparently, since he still can’t see everything that’s been happening over the past couple of months and still won’t do what is required to save senior citizens from this hellish end Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since WWII .

"Each week that passes, you get less and less light to play the tournament," doubles specialist Jamie Murray told the BBC.

American giant John Isner, who won the longest-ever tennis match over three days at Wimbledon in 2010, said the scrapping of the tournament would be a "tough pill to swallow".

"We may have to come to grips with the fact that we may not be playing Wimbledon this year," he told ESPN on Tuesday.

"Wimbledon sort of has to be played this (same) time of year," Isner said.

"With that surface, the event, it seems, has to be played this time and there's a good chance it won't be."

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That puts the start only one week after the planned date of the US Open men's final.

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