- 2020-04-02 18:31:33Z
Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis admitted on Thursday that he feared the remainder of the 2020 tennis season could be wiped out. Tennis has been in lockdown since early last month and is not scheduled to return until July 13 at the earliest following the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II on Wednesday. The decision to axe the sport's oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam event due to the coronavirus pandemic followed the French Open's unilateral switch from its traditional May-June slot to September-October.
Tennis may not return until 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the entire grasscourt season and most of the claycourt campaign, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis said on Thursday. The outbreak has played havoc with the global sporting calendar and the Wimbledon championships were cancelled by the AELTC on Wednesday for the first time since the second World War.
Forced to cancel Wimbledon for the first time since World War II on Wednesday, All England Club chiefs can at least breathe a sigh of relief that the chaos caused by the coronavirus should not take a heavy toll on their finances. The historic decision to write off the world's most famous tennis tournament due to the pandemic left eight-time champion Roger Federer "devastated" and seven-time winner Serena Williams shocked and shaken. Wimbledon, which had been scheduled between June 29 and July 12, should return in 2021 once the virus is controlled, leaving the club hierarchy to focus on dealing with the financial fall-out from cancelling the 134th Championships.
This year's edition of Wimbledon has been canceled, adding yet another premier sports event to the list of those canceled around the world.
London (AFP) - Who's saying what as Wimbledon is cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus:
The idea of no Wimbledon this year is so hard to get my head around. Even if you do not like tennis, everyone knows when Wimbledon is on and tunes in, even just to watch a little bit. It is so traditionally British but it appeals to so many. I understand the decision but it does not make it any less heartbreaking for all those people who work there, the fans and then us athletes. I am not alone in saying it is my favourite tournament of the year. During that fortnight, you book a hotel but you may as well have booked a random bed. You sleep there but you do everything else at Wimbledon. You shower there, all of your clothes are always in your locker ready, you eat there, there are the...
Former champion Roger Federer said he was "devastated" that Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus. Wimbledon chiefs pulled the plug on the oldest Grand Slam tournament on Wednesday in response to the continued chaos caused by the pandemic. Federer, who has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, reacted with a single word, tweeting: "devastated."
Tennis' most famous major was officially canceled on Wednesday, something that had previously only happened during World Wars.
US Open organizers still plan to host the Grand Slam event starting August 31 in New York, the US Tennis Association said Wednesday in the wake of Wimbledon being cancelled. "At this time, the USTA still plans to host the US Open as scheduled, and we continue to hone plans to stage the tournament," the USTA said in a statement. "The USTA is carefully monitoring the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and is preparing for all contingencies."
Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020. Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club's grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.
Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.
Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.
LONDON (AP) -- A 24-year-old unranked British tennis player was suspended Wednesday for at least three months and fined at least $500 for betting on six matches involving other players.
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Wimbledon looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar. The cancellation of the only grasscourt Grand Slam tournament at the All England Club would leave the tennis season in disarray after the French Open was controversially moved and all events cancelled until June 7. Wimbledon, in leafy southwest London, is due to run for two weeks from June 29, with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep set to defend their singles titles.
Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020. Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.
The All England Club have announced the cancellation of Wimbledon after holding an emergency board meeting on Wednesday. The showpiece of the tennis summer had been expected to fall by the wayside as sporting events continue to be ruled out due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the grass court season only six weeks long and played at the height of the British summer when daylight hours are at their longest, it was deemed impossible for the event to be postponed to a later date. The French Open had already been postponed, provisionally shoehorned into the schedule in late September. It will be the first time since the Second World War that Wimbledon has not been staged. More to follow...
Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.
John Isner, who won the longest-ever tennis match over three days at Wimbledon in 2010, says it will be a "tough pill to swallow" if this year's event is canceled. A decision is expected soon by tournament officials about whether or not they can stage the classic event at the All England Club as planned starting June 29, postpone it or cancel it outright due to the coronavirus pandemic. "We're hoping that they're going to be somewhat optimistic about playing the event this year," Isner told ESPN on Tuesday.
Davis Cup-winning former US captain Patrick McEnroe said Tuesday he has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well and no longer has symptoms. The 53-year-old younger brother of seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe said in a video posting on Twitter that he was tested at a drive-up facility in Westchester County, the New York suburb where a major outbreak took place. "I got some minor symptoms 10 or 11 days ago," McEnroe said.
ESPN commentator and former tennis player Patrick McEnroe has tested positive for COVID-19, but he said he's feeling better as he remains in quarantine.
* 53-year-old won doubles title in Paris in 1989 * McEnroe is a familiar voice on ESPN alongside brother JohnThe tennis commentator and former French Open doubles champion Patrick McEnroe has confirmed he has tested positive for Covid-19.The 53-year-old announced the news in a video posted on his Twitter account. "We've been on full quarantine, our entire house now, for well over two weeks," he said. "I encourage everyone to do the same. Let's get this thing. Let's nail this thing. I'm an example of someone who has been able to fight through it. I'm doing absolutely fine. Thoughts and prayers to people who are struggling with this."> Update... pic.twitter.com/5P1diSt98D> > - Patrick...
The site of the U.S. Open is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ITF is offering interactive online courses and making videos and other content to help coaches during the coronavirus pandemic.
With lower-level players reeling financially from the tennis shutdown over the coronavirus, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) told Reuters it is working to boost players' earnings when the sport resumes and considering extending the 2020 season. The tennis season screeched to a halt in early March due to the virus, leaving players in the lowest tiers without any opportunity to earn their livelihoods. "The WTA is diligently working with our tournaments to maximize earning possibilities when the professional tennis circuit is able to resume and is considering an extension to the current 44-week season to enable more tournaments to take place," the association told Reuters in a statement.
A portion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is set to transform into a 350-bed temporary hospital on Tuesday, the USTA said, as the coronavirus outbreak strains resources in New York City, which as been dramatically affected by the pandemic. Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which owns the tennis center, told Reuters that the conversion of an indoor tennis facility on the venue would begin Tuesday. "New York is our home, we're all in this together."
Cancelling Wimbledon is the only realistic option open to organisers as they grapple with the chaos caused by the coronavirus, says two-time Grand Slam men's doubles champion Jamie Murray. Tennis is at a standstill until June 7, with the entire European clay-court season already wiped out and the only Grand Slam event played on grass is expected to be officially cancelled on Wednesday. Wimbledon organisers have ruled out playing the two-week tournament, slated to run from June 29 to July 12, behind closed doors.
The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an area that houses indoor courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows will begin to be converted into a medical facility starting Tuesday.
Life has changed so quickly. Just recently I was filling in Paralympic village accreditation forms and sending kit measurements. Now I'm in self-isolation following advice to wheelchair tennis players to stay at home. It's me, my fiancee Marc and our two-year-old son Jackson. Rather than Paralympic preparations, I'm thinking about whether I can organise childcare now the Tokyo Games have been postponed to next year. Will my sponsors extend for another year? And then there is my wedding and honeymoon in November, which could be impacted by a rearranged calendar. We've seen the French Open moved to September, I really hope Wimbledon doesn't move. As for the Games, it is the right decision...
All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) officials earlier said the June 29-July 12 event would not be played behind closed doors and postponement was not without significant risk and difficulty. "Wimbledon has stated that they will have a board meeting next Wednesday and will make the final decision there," Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany.
The vice-president of the German tennis federation has predicted that Wimbledon will be cancelled on Wednesday and slammed the French Tennis Federation for moving the French Open to the autumn. Dirk Hordorff told French sports daily L'Equipe that he expects Wimbledon, scheduled for June 29-July 12, to be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. "This is not a rumour, they will announce that they are cancelling Wimbledon," he said.
The Spanish league says more than 665,000 euros ($740,000) has been raised for the fight against the coronavirus outbreak with the help of athletes and musicians in Spain. The final tally was announced a day after the athletes and musicians took part in a four-hour online global music festival organized by the league to help purchase medical supplies and support fans confined to their homes. Barcelona's Gerard Piqué, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and tennis star Rafael Nadal were among those who participated in the charity event.
Now, Georgian player Sofia Shapatava is pleading with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to dig deep and help out the hundreds of players who lost their livelihoods when the men's and women's tours went into a three-month lockdown. "Players lower ranked than 250 will not be able to buy food in two-three weeks' time," warned Shapatava, who is not optimistic the ITF will look favourably on her plea.
Japanese star Naomi Osaka says she's disappointed not to compete at the Tokyo Olympics this year but supports the decision to postpone the event to 2021. "Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now," Osaka wrote. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Olympics after athletes worldwide expressed concern about trying to stage the spectacle amid so much uncertainty.
The Trump administration has indicted Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro and more than a dozen members of his inner circle, stepping up measures to drive the socialist leader from power. U.S. prosecutors announced the charges Thursday, accusing Maduro of narcoterrorism. Washington backs opposition politician Juan Guaidó, who seeks to oust Maduro.
SHOWS: JUPITER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (MARCH 27, 2020) (ELEVEN BY VENUS - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) 1. VENUS WILLIAMS (TOP HALF OF SCREEN) WORKING OUT WITH HER SISTER, SERENA (BOTTOM HALF OF SCREEN) 2. WHITE FLASH 3. VENUS WILLIAMS (TOP HALF OF SCREEN) WORKING OUT WITH AMERICAN STAND-UP COMEDIAN AND ACTRESS AMY SCHUMER (BOTTOM HALF OF SCREEN) STORY: Tennis legend Venus Williams continued her online workout sessions via Instagram Live and was joined by her sister Serena and American stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer on Friday (March 27). With the coronavirus pandemic bringing the WTA season to an...
The British tennis player Katie Swan is at the centre of a heart-warming effort to help poor people in Wichita, Kansas, as they battle the Covid-19 pandemic. Swan's mother Nicki is coordinating food packages for 70 families from the garage of their home, and Katie told reporters that it's "amazing to see the impact she has had on the community". This initiative was conceived by Nicki, a human-relations consultant from the Southampton area. Since 2013, the family has been based in Kansas because of father Richard's work in the fossil-fuel industry. That is where Swan learned many of the skills that first made her a junior grand-slam finalist, and now a regular member of Great Britain's Fed...
SHOWS: MARBELLA, SPAIN (MARCH 27, 2020) (NOVAK DJOKOVIC FOUNDATION - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) ATP WORLD NUMBER ONE TENNIS PLAYER, NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SAYING: "I want to start by expressing huge gratitude and a big hello to all medical experts, medical staff around the world and especially home in Serbia, which has been fighting for the people's health over days, weeks and months, which is putting an effort to help the people infected by the coronavirus in every possible way. This is an unpredictable situation, very serious for all of us. It changes from day to day, the source of information, the condition, everything changes....
Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said Friday he was donating one million euros ($1.1 million) to help his native Serbia buy respirators and other gear to combat the coronavirus. "Our donation is for the purchase of life-saving respirators and other sanitary equipment," said the tennis star. "I don't remember spending so much time with my family since I became a father," added Djokovic, who declined to discuss tennis matters and told reporters he was passing time by reading a book on the "history of the Serbs".
President Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he had "a very good" phone call about coronavirus with Chinese President Xi Jinping, signaling a more conciliatory tone between the two countries despite heightened tensions arising from competing accusations of culpability for the onset of the virus."China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!" the president said.> Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are...
Doris Reina-Landaverde said she ran out of masks to use while cleaning and was told by the university that they didn't have any more.
Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild has the coronavirus and is recovering.
The All England Club will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the possible postponement or even cancellation of Wimbledon in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. What are the options for Wimbledon this year? -- Wimbledon, which is scheduled to take place from June 29 until July 12, has been staged every year in peace time since 1877, shelved only during the two world wars.
Spanish sports stars Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol launched a fund-raising drive on Thursday explaining they wanted to give something back to the coronavirus hit nation that nurtured them to greatness. Tennis ace Nadal and NBA hero Gasol have targeted raising 11 million euros ($12.3million) in the nation that has suffered the second-highest total of coronavirus deaths. Nadal said he came up with the idea and called his fellow Spaniard and friend Gasol to help promote his drive.
This year's Wimbledon Championships have so far survived the cull of the world's most prestigious sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it seems only a matter of time before they are postponed or canceled. With London in its first week of lockdown, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) officials are weighing up their limited options. The 'build' for the June 29-July 12 championships is supposed to start in little over a month but it seems increasingly likely Wimbledon will be forced to miss a year for the first time since 1945.
Wimbledon could be postponed or even cancelled after All England Club chiefs called an "emergency meeting" for next week to discuss whether to go ahead with this year's tournament amid the coronavirus outbreak. Wimbledon is set to start in London on June 29, but the continuing spread of the virus has caused havoc with the sporting schedule and the grass-court Grand Slam could be the next major event to be delayed. "The AELTC can confirm that it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak," an All England Club statement said on Wednesday.
Young Brazilian tennis star Thiago Seyboth Wild announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. On March 1, Seyboth Wild beat Norwegian Casper Ruud in the final of the Chile Open to eclipse Gustavo Kuerten as the youngest Brazilian to win an ATP tournament. Other sportspeople to have tested positive for coronavirus range from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to NBA star Rudy Gobert.
Tennis great Roger Federer on Wednesday donated more than a million dollars to help support his "most vulnerable" Swiss compatriots through the coronavirus crisis. The 20-time Grand Slam champion and his wife donated one million Swiss francs ($1.02 million, 943,000 euros), saying nobody should be left behind as Switzerland battles against the global pandemic. According to official figures reported to the World Health Organization, Switzerland has the ninth-highest number of infections in the world.
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has disappointed athletes around the world but, if the coronavirus pandemic eases over the next few months, it could turn out to be a blessing for the tennis world. The Tokyo Games, originally scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9, were postponed to 2021 on Tuesday as the world's biggest sporting spectacle became the latest to fall prey to the coronavirus crisis. The men's ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs women's tournaments, require their players to participate at the four Grand Slams, but the new French Open dates are yet to feature on the calendars of either association.
Would-be Olympians and their coaches have gone from days and weeks of mulling one sort of uncertainty raised by the coronavirus pandemic - Are the Tokyo Games going to be held as scheduled? - to a whole other set of questions now that an indefinite postponement is official. To begin with: When, exactly, are these Summer Olympics going to be staged?