The All England Club announced the annual tournament will not be held in 2020 and that the 134th edition of the Championships will be held from June 28 to July 11, 2021. The decision comes two days after Dirk Hordorff, the vice president of the German Tennis Federation, said the event would be canceled.
“Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life,” the Club said in a statement.
Wimbledon was set to begin in London on June 29. It is the second tennis major to be affected by the virus, with the French Open having been moved from May to September.
Both the men’s (ATP) and women’s (WTA) professional tours are on hold due to the virus and announced Wednesday that play will not resume before July 13. The U.S. Open, which is scheduled to start Aug. 24 in New York, is still on as scheduled but could be in jeopardy if the pandemic continues into the summer.