Wimbledon cancelled for first time since World War II
Published: 09:52 AM, 2 April 2020
Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled for the first time since World War II
The Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled for the first time since World War II in 1945.
The tournament, that was due to take place between June 28 and July 11, has been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Next year's event will be held from June 28 to July 11.
"This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen," said Ian Hewitt, All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman.
The entire grass-court season has been abandoned, and there will be no professional tennis anywhere in the world until at least 13 July.
Wimbledon is the latest major summer sporting event to be called off, with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics postponed for 12 months.
It follows the postponement of the French Open, which was due to begin in May but has been rescheduled to 20 September-4 October.
The coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world.
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