The British Open Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, has been cancelled for the first time since the 2nd World War.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs the competition, announced the cancellation of the event today, even though it is scheduled for June-July.
“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.
“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 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.”
The 2020 Championships were scheduled to take place between June 29th and July 12th.
A cancellation this far ahead really shows the dire situation the world is in regarding coronavirus and how getting things back to normal is still a long time away.
It is also a sign of the extraordinary times we’re in that this is the first time the tournament has not been held outside of the two World Wars.