Wimbledon will be cancelled amid coronavirus crisis: German tennis official

Wimbledon will be cancelled amid coronavirus crisis: German tennis official

The vice-president of the German tennis federation Dirk Hordorff believes that Wimbledon will be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and took a dig at the French Tennis Federation (FTF) for shifting the French Open to the autumn, AFP reported.

Hordorff said that the coronavirus pandemic will most likely disrupt  Wimbledon which is scheduled for June 29-July 12.

“This is not a rumour, they will announce that they are cancelling Wimbledon,” he said.

Meanwhile, French Open organisers have rescheduled the tournament for September 20, instead of May 24.

“You could reorganise Roland Garros for September or October, but not Wimbledon, the grass would be too damp,” Hordorff said.

Hordorff slammed FFT President Bernard Giudicelli for his handling of the rescheduling of Roland Garros, the claycourt Grand Slam.

“What president Bernard Giudicelli did is a disgrace, for tennis and for France,” Hordorff said.

The switch means that the French Open will a week after the US Open finishes.

“The way they did it, tennis would be dead if we all behaved like that. I’m sure it was a political move with elections coming up (in December). He’s panicked.”

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