Former world No. 5 Kevin Anderson and Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov were left sad after he wring the news of Wimbledon cancellation. On Wednesday, the worst fears became a reality when Wimbledon got called off for the first time since 1945 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
"It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021," the Wimbledon organizers said in a statement. Anderson's best result at Wimbledon came in 2018, when he fell just short of winning it all at The All England Club.
Back then, the South African made the final before losing in straight sets to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. "I’ve always had so many great memories at Wimbledon. The grass season will definitely be missed but the most important thing right now for us to focus on is that we’re all staying healthy and safe at home," Anderson said in a Twitter post.
Khachanov, ranked at No. 15 in the world, once made the round-of-16 at Wimbledon, while his other two appearances at The Championships ended with a third round defeat. "Very sad not to participate this year at Wimbledon, but everyone’s health is the priority," former world No. 8 Khachanov said in a Twitter post.