Tim Henman: Andy Murray, Roger Federer are ‘100% understanding’ of Wimbledon decision
Wimbledon committee member Tim Henman says the reaction from the rest of tennis has been understanding after they were forced to cancel the 2020 Championships due to the coronavirus crisis.
The All England Club initially thought they had more time to respond after the first tournament cancellation due to the coronavirus, with Indian Wells called off on March 9.
However, with the situation steadily worsening and show no signs of abating any time soon, Wimbledon were forced to make the historic decision to cancel for the first time since the second world war.
“With Wimbledon being at the start of July, we didn’t think we would have to make a decision until much later,” Henman said.
“But it has been so fast-moving. It became clear quite quickly that early postponement or cancellation were the options.”
There is no hint that players were consulted before the decision was taken, but Henman says players have been nothing but supporting since.
“It is the same for everyone,” Henman said wen asked for Andy Murray’s reaction.
“Speaking to other players, someone like Roger Federer coming to the end of his career surely and the opportunity at Wimbledon has been taken away this year.
“I think he has expressed he is devastated but understands the decision.
“It will affect a lot of people in a lot of different ways but it is important to keep perspective on it as well.
“I spoke to Andy, Roger a couple of times and Feliciano Lopez who is involved in the tournament in Madrid. And a few text messages with Tommy Haas. I have spoken to Paul Annacone a lot in the States. Jim Courier as well.
“It is very challenging times and no-one really knows. We have just got to sit tight, follow the guidelines and stay healthy hopefully and we will get through it.
“Everyone was 100% understanding. People were beginning to expect the decision. 100% across the board.
Francisco Cerundolo eyeing remarkable family first ahead of Argentina Open final
Cerundolo is looking to emulate his younger brother Juan Manuel by winning his first ATP title.
Classy Petra Kvitova in dominant form as she eases to Qatar Open title
Petra Kvitova stormed to her 28th career title and second at the Qatar Open win with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Garbine Muguruza in Doha.
WATCH: Roger Federer practices in Doha as he learns his fate in the draw
Roger Federer could face a clash against Britain’s Dan Evans in the first match of his comeback event in Doha.
Andrey Rublev’s stunning run of form continues as beats Stefanos Tsitsipas
Andrey Rublev stirmed into his fourth straight ATP 500 final with a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rotterdam.
Roger Federer sends fans crazy with a social media post ahead of his return to action
The moment Roger Federer fans have waited almost a years to see is nearly here as he prepares to return to action next week.
Garbine Muguruza into the final in Qatar after Victoria Azarenka pulls out
Victoria Azarenka withdrew ahead of the Qatar Total Open semi-finals to send Garbine Muguruza.
Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up showdown with Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
Stefanos Tsitsipas is into the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Lawn Tennis Association determined to show commitment to inclusion and diversity
Seven people from diverse backgrounds have been appointed to the LTA Council.
Andy Murray’s tips on how to make sure you stay injury-free when tennis resumes after lockdown
Andy Murray is back with some tips.
WATCH: Kei Nishikori reveals he wanted to be a penguin when he was young
Kei Nishikori with some quality content.