The All England Club have cancelled this year’s Wimbledon due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is ravaging globally.
The decision to cancel this year’s grass court major was arrived at during an emergency board meeting on Wednesday.
Many sports events have been halted globally as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic which began in China late 2019.
Main-draw play at Wimbledon was due to start on June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April, requiring significant numbers of people on site.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Wednesday said in a statement: “It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.”
Since the first Wimbledon tournament in 1877, there have only been 10 years where it has not been held, all of them due to war. Since 1946, Wimbledon has been staged every year.
Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tennis tournamen of the season.