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AELTC announces Wimbledon could be postponed, or even canceled, due to COVID-19

Jesse Reed
Jul 10, 2015; United Kingdom; General view of Centre Court for the Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Richard Gasquet (FRA) match on day 11 of The Championships Wimbledon at the AELTC. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club announced Wednesday that it is actively weighing postponing or canceling Wimbledon in 2020.

Marc Stein of the New York Times shared a statement from the AELTC, which confirmed “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.”

On Tuesday, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the entire nation is going into lockdown due to the alarming spread of COVID-19.

“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction — you must stay at home,” Johnson said, via CNN. “Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”

Wimbledon is scheduled to start on June 29 and run through July 12. While that seems like a long ways off, it’s worth noting that the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan were postponed until 2021 this week, despite being originally scheduled to begin in mid-June.

According to the latest information from Johns Hopkins University, the United Kingdom currently has 8,365 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 436 deaths due to complications from the coronavirus pandemic.

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