Last Updated: 02/04/20 5: 53 pm
Tennis may not return until 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic triggered the termination of the whole grasscourt period and also a lot of the claycourt project, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief exec Richard Lewis claimed on Thursday.
The episode has actually played chaos with the worldwide showing off schedule and also the Wimbledon champions were terminated by the AELTC on Wednesday for the very first time given that the 2nd World War.
Lewis, that is established to tip down in July, claimed he wished the scenario will certainly secure in the coming months to enable the hardcourt period to obtain underway prior to the UNITED STATE Open starts on August 24.
“The optimist in me and I’m often not optimistic still hopes that the American hardcourt season will take place,” Lewis claimed.
“One wishes that points have actually calmed down a little bit and also those large 1,00 0-point events – Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati – can take place in the lead-up to the United StatesOpen We all recognize that’s possibly rare currently.
” I do not assume it’s impractical to state that there may disappear tennis this year. But allow’s hope that the United States Open and also Roland Garros can happen.”
The French Open, initially due to be played from May 24-June 7, was held off and also controversially rescheduled by the French tennis federation forSept 20-Oct 4– a week after the UNITED STATE Open wraps up.
Top gamers, consisting of eight-time champ Roger Federer and also seven-time victor Serena Williams, revealed their frustration at not being able to dip into Wimbledon this year.
The 2 38- year-olds are nearing completion of their professions and also Lewis is wishing they will certainly return to the All England Club in 2021.
“We’d love to see both of them back,” Lewis said. “It’s something to look ahead to, and also we’ll with any luck appreciate everything the much more, a positive side to appear of it.”