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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Wimbledon chief says tennis may not return until 2021 due to coronavirus

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Wimbledon chief says tennis may not return until 2021 due to coronavirus

Richard Lewis, the outgoing chief executive of Wimbledon, hopes tennis can be “off and running again” by August, when the US Open is scheduled to begin, although he admits there may be “no more tennis this year”.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:18:46 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Better late than never to cancel Wimbledon but what took them so long? | Kevin Mitchell

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Better late than never to cancel Wimbledon but what took them so long? | Kevin Mitchell

The health, safety and lives of players, staff and spectators so obviously override mere Wimbledon. How could that ever have been in doubt?

Hung juries have taken less time than the All England Club to convict a villain as bang to rights as coronavirus. When the club’s board emerged from three days and several hours of teleconference pondering on Wednesday afternoon to confirm that the 134th Wimbledon championships would, indeed, be cancelled, because the killer is still stalking not just the pleasant environs of London SW19 but the entire globe, the question was: what took you so long?

There was a carefully worded statement of the obvious. When Ian Hewitt, the new chairman, said: “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly”, it had the merit of authenticity about it. Wimbledon had self-isolated in line with government guidelines of saying as little as possible in difficult circumstances.

Related: Katie Swan puts tennis aside to help coronavirus relief effort in Kansas

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Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:45:20 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Wimbledon 2020 cancelled in response to coronavirus pandemic

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Wimbledon 2020 cancelled in response to coronavirus pandemic

Wimbledon, one of the centrepieces of the British summer sporting calendar, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club confirmed yesterday. It will be the first time the tournament has not be held since the second world war.

The Championships were scheduled to run from 29 June until 12 July but as tennis officials prepared for emergency talks this week cancellation swiftly became unavoidable. Unlike one-day sporting events, Wimbledon functions more like a festival, held over two weeks in a vast complex with some 40 tournament and practice courts occupied by competitors and staff throughout the tournament.

Related: Former French Open champion Patrick McEnroe confirms he has coronavirus

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Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:01:57 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Boris Becker: we should question the quality and attitude of the under-28 men

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Boris Becker: we should question the quality and attitude of the under-28 men

• SW19’s youngest male champion laments lack of challenge
• So-called big three have won 53 grand slam events all told

Boris Becker was 17 when he lit up Wimbledon for the first time, 34 years ago, and he cannot wait for a teenager to win the men’s title again. Indeed he is frustrated that no young star has broken the hold the ageing big three have on the majors.

Looking ahead to the 2019 tournament, which starts on 1 July, Becker said on Monday night: “We are surrounded by [potential] teenage grand slam champions. In any other sport people get younger. For some reason in tennis everybody takes a lot longer to be successful. And that has nothing to do with forehands and backhands. I am convinced it will happen. It should happen. This would be the only sport where it didn’t happen.”

Related: John McEnroe: ‘A knack for creating controversy where there is none’

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:13:00 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Small but mighty: Ash Barty’s height no barrier to winning Wimbledon

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Small but mighty: Ash Barty’s height no barrier to winning Wimbledon

  • None of the last 13 Wimbledon winners were under 1.7m
  • Barty believes her power belies her 1.66m height

Ashleigh Barty insists her diminutive size shouldn’t be a barrier to winning Wimbledon and believes she boasts the power game needed to claim the greatest prize in tennis.

Barty ended Australia’s eight-year wait for major when she won the French Open on Saturday. She will now head into the grass-court season in career-best form having won 31 matches – more than any other player on the WTA Tour – this year. The new world No.2 was too hot to handle for Marketa Vondrousova in the Roland Garros decider with her power belying her 1.66 metre frame.

Related: Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:44:16 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Five-year passes for Wimbledon tennis will net owner £200m

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Five-year passes for Wimbledon tennis will net owner £200m

All England Lawn Tennis Club will use money to repay loan for roof and buy golf club

The owner of the Wimbledon tennis tournament is set to rake in more than £200m by selling five-year passes for every match on Centre Court.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced on Thursday that the price of the 2,520 debenture tickets being sold for the 2021-25 tournaments would be £80,000 each.

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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 11:50:52 GMT

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