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.
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