Wimbledon Tennis Tournament Cancelled, First Time Since World War II


For the first time since World War II, the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament in London has been cancelled due to the current Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon every year, released a statement on the tournament website.

Here's part of the statement (For the full statement, click on the link above):

It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.

Wimbledon, perhaps only rivaled in prestige by the U.S. Open, is one of tennis' four major yearly tournaments. The other two are the Australian Open and the French Open.

Another sporting event has now gone by the wayside in the wake of the virus. There are practically no public sports going on at the current moment, with pretty much every major event either being cancelled or postponed. As noted in a previous MRCTV article, eSports has become a substitute for actual physical sport in light of the current situation.

The NBA, along with the approval of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and video game developer 2K Sports, has come up with a tournament to be aired on ESPN and ESPN2 where 16 NBA players will compete in a simulation video game basketball tournament that will begin Friday and be played through April 11th.

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