Coronavirus: Wimbledon to make decision on possible cancellation of 2020 Championships next week

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Wimbledon will decide whether to go ahead during an emergency board meeting next week as the coronavirus continues to wreak havok.

Pressure has been growing on organisers to make a decision, with the SW19 tournament one of the biggest sporting events still remaining on the calendar for June and July.

Bosses have ruled out playing the tournament, which is due to start on June 29, behind closed doors and admitted postponing it would be difficult.

All professional tennis is currently suspended until the start of the grass-court season on June 7 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world,” said the tournament’s chief executive Richard Lewis.

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“The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.

“We are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2020 and have convened an emergency meeting of the AELTC Main Board for next week, at which a decision will be made.”

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