SERENA WILLIAMS and other top tennis stars are unlikely to compete at Wimbledon this year. While the most prestigious tournament in the world is still scheduled to take place in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, the chances of the London event taking place must be considered slim at best.
“The AELTC is continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus situation on an active basis, working closely with the government and the relevant health authorities,” said a spokesperson for Wimbledon.
Following the government’s recommendation to individuals to avoid any non-essential social gatherings and work from home where possible, the AELTC has taken the decision to close the Wimbledon Museum and tours, shop, and community sports ground, while the All England Club and Wimbledon Park Golf Club outdoor facilities will remain open to members on a partial basis only for the time being.
“At this time, we continue to plan for The Championships and the grass court season, and we intend to maintain the Estate with a limited team onsite, with the rest of our business operations taking place through remote working.
Richard Lewis CBE, chief executive of the AELTC, added: “At the heart of our decision-making is our commitment to the health and safety of our members, staff, and the public, and we are grateful to the government and public health authorities for their advice and support.
“At the heart of our decision-making is our commitment to the health and safety”AELTC
“While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation and we will act responsibly, in the best interests of wider society.
We thank all of our Members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge.”