Wimbledon will be canceled, says German tennis official – report

(Reuters) – Wimbledon organizers will announce the cancellation of the Grand Slam track this week due to the coronavirus pandemic, German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice president Dirk Hordorff told Sky Sports.

All officials at the England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) previously said that the event would not be played behind closed doors from June 29 to July 12 and that procrastination was not without significant risk and difficulty.

“Wimbledon has stated that they will have a board meeting next Wednesday and make the final decision there,” Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany.

“I am also involved in the bodies of the ATP and the WTA. The necessary decisions have already been taken there and Wimbledon will decide to cancel on Wednesday. There is no doubt about it. This is necessary in the current situation.

“It is completely unrealistic to imagine that with the travel restrictions we currently have an international tennis tournament where hundreds of thousands of people would travel from all over the world. That is unthinkable.”

The AELTC did not respond to a request for comment.

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics opened a two-week window on the tennis calendar in July / August, but it is less likely to be feasible for Wimbledon, which has only two indoor courts and cannot be held after late summer.

The organizers of French Open amazed the tennis world by unilaterally delaying the claycourt Grand Slam at Roland Garros from May to the end of September due to the pandemic.

The French tennis federation (FFT) has been heavily hit by tennis players around the world due to the lack of communication as the new data clashed with several other events already on the calendar.

The men’s ATP Tour and the WTA, which hosts women’s tournaments, require their players to participate in the four Grand Slams, but the new French Open dates are not yet on the calendars of either association.

“The organizers’ one-sided behavior has been criticized by everyone and I can easily predict that the French Open will not be moved as it was intended,” said Hordorff.

He said the FFT would continue with the new data and feel the wrath of the entire tennis world, or that they would have the opportunity to work with others to come up with a plan that makes sense to everyone.

“They will be robbed of the points and they will degenerate into chaos,” he said.

“Even the people there have understood that and are slowly crawling back. Solidarity is the order of the day, it is a matter of being together and not doing it alone, as the president of the French tennis association did. “

(Written by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Edited by Robert Birsel)

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