Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus for first time since WWII

It has not been cancelled since WWII

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'The Championships' logo at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in June 2007
'The Championships' logo at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in June 2007
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April 1, 2020 - 8:06pm

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Wimbledon has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, making the world-famous tennis tournament yet another major sporting event cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision marks the first Wimbledon cancellation since World War II.

"The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021," an announcement explains. 

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond,” AELTC Chairman Ian Hewitt said. 

Wimbledon joins the list of sporting events cancelled or delayed due to the global outbreak, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that have been postponed