The 2020 season saw a reduced schedule due to the pandemic, with no action on the professional Tour between March and August. The US Open and Roland Garros took place once the season restarted, while Wimbledon had to close its gates for the first time since 1945.
The Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships decided to cancel Wimbledon in April last year, unable to prepare the grass for any other date outside their usual schedule and switching focus to 2021.
As was predicted, this was one of the essential tennis news in recent years, causing reactions from the entire tennis world and showing once again why Wimbledon is the most prestigious event of our sport. The eight-time champion Roger Federer was devastated while hearing the news about the cancelation, sharing that with his followers on social media and preparing to compete in Halle and Wimbledon in 2021.
Wimbledon did not gather players last year for the first time since 1945.
Thus, Federer missed the men's singles draw at Wimbledon for the first time since 1998 when he won the junior title at the age of 16, making a debut on the main level a year later and starting his journey towards the most accomplished player at the All England Club.
Following the stunning victory over Pete Sampras in 2001, Federer won the first Wimbledon crown in 2003, dominating in the cathedral of tennis in the next four years to wrap up five straight titles before Rafael Nadal took him down in that epic 2008 final.
A year later, Roger prevailed over Andy Roddick in another memorable clash to regain the crown, celebrating in 2012 over Andy Murray and losing finals to Novak Djokovic in 2014 and 2015. Just before the 36th birthday, Federer went all the way at Wimbledon in 2017 without losing a set, lifting the eighth and last Championships trophy.
In 2019 Roger stopped the clock to advance into the 12th Wimbledon final, delivering better numbers than Novak Djokovic but losing three tie breaks to find himself on the losing side after almost five hours of an epic battle!
Roger wasted two match points in the deciding set and experienced one of the most brutal losses of his career. Had Wimbledon found a way to host the event last year, Roger would not have been able to participate, struggling with a knee injury and returning to his favorite event this summer.
Federer became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era before losing to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets. The Swiss will most likely skip the next year's edition of Wimbledon after the third knee surgery.