The Wimbledon Tennis Championships have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships said the 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.
Ian Hewitt, AELTC chairman, commented:
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.
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.
Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive, added:
Efforts will now be focused on contributing to the emergency response and supporting those affected by the coronavirus crisis. We have begun distributing medical equipment and offered the use of our facilities to the NHS and to the London Resilience Partnership, the collection of agencies in London fighting the battle against COVID-19. We are working with the local authorities in Merton and Wandsworth, particularly on food distribution, and we are distributing food supplies through our partnership with City Harvest.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball has cancelled the London Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The teams were due to play two games at West Ham FC’s London Stadium, on June 13 and 14.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees. He said:
We made the decision because it was unlikely the events would go forward, and timely cancellation allowed us to preserve important financial resources.
We also have cancelled agreements with service providers and delayed projects that involve large capital expenditures.
MLB played in Europe for the first time last June 29-30, when the New York Yankees took on the Boston Red Sox in London.
The move might come as a relief to West Ham United who are still looking to complete several fixtures when the Premier League resumes after the coronavirus shutdown.
Other high-profile events including tennis at Wimbledon have been called off in the past few days.