The Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships decided on Wednesday to cancel the upcoming edition of Wimbledon for the first time since 1945 due to a current situation with a coronavirus.
The health concerns had to come first and both the ATP and WTA Tour will have to wait at least until mid-July to get the players back to the court, although it seems more and more likely that we won't get any tennis again in 2020, with the pandemic raging on in Western Europe and around the world, forcing players to stay at homes since the beginning of March.
As was expected, this was one of the most 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 devastating while hearing the news about the cancelation, sharing that with his followers on the social media and already preparing to compete in Halle and Wimbledon in 2021.
Thus, Federer will miss 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 as well 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 again in 2012 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 so far the last Championships trophy, suffering that terrible loss to Novak Djokovic a year ago after squandering two match points.