Wimbledon not ruling out coronavirus cancellation, saying ‘it’s a continuously evolving situation’

Wimbledon general view

Wimbledon organisers are “continuing to plan” for the tournament – which is scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12 – but have acknowledged it remains “a continuously evolving situation” due to uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak.

The French Open, originally due for May, dropped a scheduling bombshell on Tuesday when it rescheduled for September rather than cancelling.

It’s a decision that has been blasted by the tennis community, and Wimbledon has moved to assure people it currently has no plans to follow suit.

Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, said: “At the heart of our decision-making is our commitment to the health and safety of our members, staff, and the public, and we are grateful to the government and public health authorities for their advice and support.

“While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation and we will act responsibly, in the best interests of wider society.

“We thank all of our members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge.”

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