The coronavirus pandemic has taken more than 95,000 lives around the world so far, setting the entire planet on hold and canceling all the sporting events as well. After Dubai, Acapulco and Santiago, the fans could enjoy the Davis Cup weekend at the beginning of March and those were the last official matches on the top-tier level probably for a very long time, with the organizers having to cancel all the tournaments at least until the second week of July, and perhaps for much longer.
Whether we see some action in the rest of 2020 or not, it will never be the same without the Championships, with the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships having to cancel Wimbledon for the first time since 1945, unable to host it later during summer.
The organizers are already preparing everything for the next edition that will take place Between June 28 - July 11, gathering the best players in the world in the quest for the most prestigious trophy of our sport. The eight-time champion Roger Federer lost in that memorable final to Novak Djokovic a year ago, ready to embrace another run at The Championships next June and reading an emotional message with the hope that tomorrow will be better than yesterday.
"Since 1877, Wimbledon fans have embraced the Championships. We have watched through multiple types of screen, at all hours of the day and night, descended from afar, even queued.. my how you have queued," Federer said.
"This summer, sadly, we must come together by staying apart. No tents will be pitched, no records broken, no trophies engraved. But as we say thank you for your passion and support, we remind ourselves that countless champions will be crowned.
As frontline workers across the globe compete for us, we cheer for them. For now, with play suspended, we are united in hope that tomorrow will be better than today."