COVID-19: All England Club braced to cancel Wimbledon as they are reluctant to play behind closed doors

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Wimbledon 2020 will not be staged behind closed doors due to the coronavirus as the All England Club have reportedly made it clear that they would rather cancel the tournament instead of playing with no fans.

The Indian Wells Masters and Fed Cup Finals have become the first tennis tournaments to be cancelled due to COVID19 and the ATP and WTA Tours are reportedly set to confirm in the next 24 hours that both Tours are to be suspended.

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The Tours are likely to take a six-week break and, with Wimbledon only starting on June 29, it is not in danger at this stage of being affected by the suspension.

The UK government also insisted earlier this week that there is “no rationale” to postpone all sporting events or play without fans.

Sportsmail claims that should push come to shove, the All England Club will cancel Wimbledon as “there is extreme reluctance in SW19 to contemplate holding their iconic event without spectators”.

The report adds that “Wimbledon have insurance policies in place that would enable them to refund those who have bought tickets in advance”.

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