Wimbledon 2020 could be cancelled – Times of India


The All England Lawn Tennis Club will decide whether to go ahead with this summer’s Wimbledon championships during an emergency board meeting next week.

Pressure has been growing on organisers to make a decision, with the SW19 tournament one of the biggest sporting events still remaining on the calendar for June and July.

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Bosses have ruled out playing the tournament, which is due to start on June 29, behind closed doors and admitted postponing it would be difficult. All professional tennis is currently suspended until the start of the grass-court season on June 7.

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said: “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.”

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Elsewhere, the Professional Footballers’ Association has called for urgent talks with both the Premier League and English Football League.

Some football teams, and clubs in other sports, are reported to have already implemented wage reductions or non-playing staff have been ‘furloughed’ onto 80 per cent of wages.

The organisers of the 2020 European Athletics Championships, meanwhile, are hopeful that the August event in Paris will go ahead as scheduled.


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