Two-time Australian Open champion Johan Kriek says it is very strange to see Wimbledon, which is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the All England Club decided to cancel Wimbledon for the first time since World War II.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Kriek says, “It’s very sad to see what’s happened to sports in general. To have the Grand-daddy of tennis, which is Wimbledon, canceled, it’s just very strange. I don’t even know how to wrap my mind around all this.
It is such a disruption of epic proportions in so many ways. Obviously everyone was thinking that (Roger) Federer had another chance (at Wimbledon), he’s 38 years old, and maybe he can win one more Grand Slam. All of these record books now have an asterisk behind every one of these guys, and it’s just like a heart attack in the middle of everything going on, and then there’s a blip.
And it’s more than a blip, it’s like an alternative Universe in a sense”. Kriek also added that he was very proud of what the administration and the President of the United States has done in such a difficult time and hopes the US Open would be able to take place this year, but added that the country would need to be very careful when they open up.