Billie Jean King and Angelique Kerber on the Cancellation of Wimbledon

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Billie Jean King and Angelique Kerber on the Cancellation of Wimbledon

Former Wimbledon champions Billie Jean King and Angelique Kerber have posted their thoughts on the cancelation of the Wimbledon Championships.

The cancellation, announced on Wednesday, was the first in 75 years for Wimbledon, which started in 1877 and had earlier been cancelled only during World War I and World War II.

This year's edition was scheduled from June 29 to July 12. Ian Hewitt, the chairman of the All England Club, commented, This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.

It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.

Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times”. Serbia's Novak Djokovic is also the reigning Wimbledon men’s champion and Romania's Simona Halep is the reigning women’s champion.