It was from the Second World War, precisely from 1945, that the most prestigious and important tennis tournament, the one of Wimbledon, was not staged. In the fatal year that has just ended, the tournament management has in fact made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 edition directly, taking advantage of the insurance it already had, given the circumstances of the global pandemic.
Born in 1877, Wimbledon has seen all the greatest of our sport triumph: think of Bill Tilden, René Lacoste, Fred Perry, Lew Hoad, Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors or Bjorn Borg; not to mention John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and many others, as well as the much celebrated Fab Four of modern tennin: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Among women's Lottie Dod, Dorothea Douglass, Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills Moody, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, till Serena and Venus Williams.
The words of the president of the WTA about Wimbledon
Micky Lawler, chairman of the WTA, recently released an interview to The Mail.
He said: "The surest assumption is that the Tour will come back to normality in 2022, but the goal is to be flexible. Wimbledon is the most important event of tennis, the most difficult part of the past year for me was missing it. I think it's too early for Wimbledon to be able to go back to normal next summer, but I really hope that happens as soon as possible."
Lawler also praised the great patience shown by the players in 2020. He said to Forbes: "This is extraordinary. Players traveled when other people couldn't, they took a risk. And then, they joined their forces together.
The players were phenomenal, patient even with the new technological requirements, as well as being patient with tampons. Testing is not a simple or painless procedure. It is rather intrusive and aggressive. Still, they didn't complain.
They do what they have to do. At times, this process was required practically every day. There is no freedom. These are young women ... there is a reason why they are the best in the world at their work. A star, a great talent in music, a particularly gifted athlete. There is something special in these hearts and in these souls who have reached such a level of competition."