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Season May Not Resume, Wimbledon Chief Says


Wimbledon is cancelled and the 2020 season may be over, AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis suggests.

The grass-court Grand Slam officially cancelled for the first time in 75 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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"The optimist in me and I'm often not optimistic still hopes that the American hard court season will take place," Lewis told the British media. "One hopes that things have settled down a bit and those big 1,000-point tournaments—Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati—can happen in the lead-up to the US Open. 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 let's hope that the US Open and Roland Garros can take place."

More than 53,000 people worldwide have been killed by the coronavirus with more than 1 million confirmed infections leaving many nations on lockdown.

Roland Garros moved it scheduled start date from May to September 20th, while the US Open says it plans to stick to its August start date though that could change depending on how long the coronavirus surge continues.

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