Wimbledon championships cancelled due to coronavirus

Sam Warner
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Wimbledon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tennis tournament was due to be played between June 29 and July 12, and it will be the first time the championship has been cancelled since World War II.

"This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen," said Ian Hewitt, All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

"It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of the Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios.

"We believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year's Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon's resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.

"Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times."

More to follow.

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