By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
On April 1, the All England Club marshalled by club chairman Ian Hewitt took a difficult but the most reasonable decision to cancel Wimbledon due to the CoronaVirus pandemic.
Wimbledon is the third of four big annual tennis events, and it traditionally starts in the early days of July.
The jamboree couldn’t simply be pushed forth for climatic reasons as spring is the only season that can favour grass.
Wimbledon happens to be the lone major tennis event played on grass, as the French Open is popular for its clay, and the U.S. alongside Australian Open are both known for their hard courts.
Organisers had their hands tight given the tough measures taken by Britain, to curb and to an extent, try to eradicate the Coronavirus; one of them being social distancing, which is going to be practically impossible as the two-weeks competition average, 500,397 spectators, a game as per statistics taken in 2019.
England club chairperson Hewitt Ian told the Guardian after the bombshell: ” this is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the well-being of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”
Several juggernauts in the game like Serena Williams and Roger Federer have taken to their social media handles and reacted with mixed feelings.
Last year’s Wimbledon was one of the most eyes catching in recent times, with Novak Djokovic emerging victorious in the men’s singles and Simona Halep in the ladies’ singles.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis competition founded 144 years ago and was set to take center stage for the 134th time this year.
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