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Wimbledon Cancelled For The First Time Since World War II

The coronavirus pandemic brought down a wave of cancelled global sport competitions like NBA season and the Olympic games, and the last one to land on the list is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, the 2020 Wimbledon Championships. The All England Lawn Tennis Club released a statement saying that: “It is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships.”

Originally scheduled to take place from June 29th- July 12th, it would have been the first time since World War II that the event has been cancelled. Tennis champions took to social media to express their thoughts on the cancellation, with Serena Williams tweeting that she is shocked, and the sports legend, Billie Jean King stating “With the cancellation of The Championships this year it is more important than ever for those of us in tennis to work together and stand together. I fully understand and support the decision of the committee and it is vital we keep our focus on those most impacted by this pandemic. I have been fortunate to go to Wimbledon every year since 1961 and am certainly going to miss it this year. Right now, we need to make sure we are taking good care of ourselves and our loved ones.”

With COVID-19 massive outbreak, people around the world are urged to self-quarantine until government and healthcare bodies state it's safe to return to normal life. Not all sporting events have yet been cancelled though, the French Open is postponed until September 2020 and the U.S. Open is still set to take place from August 24th – September 13th.

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