Richard Lewis, the chief executive of Wimbledon, says he hopes that the tennis circuit will resume in August but adds that it is not unrealistic to think that there may not be any tennis tournaments this year. On Wednesday, the All England Club announced that Wimbledon would not be held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic - marking the first time since World Was II that the tournament will not be held.
According to The Guardian, Lewis, who will step down from his position as chief executive in July after an eight year stint, says, “Who knows what will happen over that period? It’s a challenge for everybody.
Let’s hope the US Open and Roland Garros [rescheduled to be held after the US Open] can take place. It would be genuinely wonderful if the sport was off and running again. The optimist in me – and I am often not optimistic – still hopes the American hardcourt season, the big tournaments, the Masters and the Premiers, will take place: Montreal, Toronto and then Cincinnati.
But we all know that’s probably tenuous at the moment. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year. But I would like to think that things will settle down so that tournaments can be played sooner rather than later”.
Lewis is also hopeful that Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who have dominated The Championships over the past two decades, will return for the 2021 edition. “We’d love to see both of them back. It’s something to look forward to, and we’ll hopefully enjoy it all the more, a silver lining to come out of it”.
Finally, speaking about the financial impact of the cancelation, Lewis says that the All England Club does have insurance in place but the actual figures and impact will not be known for months. “We’re fortunate to have the insurance and it helps.
The insurers, the brokers and everybody involved have been excellent to work with so far, but there’s still a lot of work to do. The insurance will help protect the surplus to a large extent. the details and the figure probably won’t be known for months”.