The coronavirus pandemic has created chaos in the 2020 tennis calendar. It has led to the cancelation of a string of tournaments. A few days ago, the governing body of the Mecca of tennis ALTEC issued a notice stating an emergency meeting would decide the occurrence of Wimbledon 2020.
In an interview on Germany’s Sky Sports network on Sunday, the German tennis administrator Dirk Hordorff revealed the cancelation of Wimbledon’s 2020 edition. Also, the grass-court events before Wimbledon will also be canceled.
However, according to ATP and WTA, the tour has been called off until June 7, 2020. But considering the present situations and reports, the suspension of the tour will be extended.
“The grass tournaments have already decided not to play. They are awaiting the announcement of Wimbledon on Wednesday. These are not rumors: they will announce the cancelation,” Hordorff stated.
The clay-court major major Roland Garros can be played during the months of September and October, but it’s not feasible to conduct the grass-court major.
During those months in the North Hemisphere, it’s cold, and eventually, the grass becomes wet and slippery. And professional tennis under such conditions can not be carried out.
“It is probably the only possible decision. We can possibly play Roland-Garros in September or October, but not Wimbledon, because of the grass which would be too wet,” he added.
Earlier French Open 2020 announced their new dates i.e., from September 20 to October 4, 2020. But the French major will take place just seven days after the conclusion of US Open 2020 and its dates are overlapping with the Laver Cup 2020.
This time, tennis players will face a challenge in making that swift transition from hard to clay courts.
In the United Kingdom, there are over 17,000 confirmed cases as of Sunday. The entire nation will remain in total lockdown until June 2020. And there have been reports which stated the extension of the island nation’s lockdown.