The cancellations and postponements of sporting events has been spreading at the same rate as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and now it was time for the organization of the British grand slam to announce that the tournament won’t take place in 2020, having even announced a date for 2021 already…
TOTAL AGREEMENT AMONG THE PARTIES
Unlike other tournaments like Roland Garros – who announced a new date still this year without letting the players or the ATP know – it seems that sanity prevailed on the British case, with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – responsible for organizing Wimbledon tournament – issuing a statement regarding the cancellation of the tournament in 2020 alongside the ATP and WTA.
As a consequence of the suspension ordered by the ATP, WTA and ITF until the middle of July, it was with relative naturality that we received this message that the mythical grass tournament wouldn’t be played this year, and the humility of the organizers is remarkable, since they didn’t try to look for an alternative date on a period of crisis, inclusively being able to overshadow some other tournaments later in the schedule.
On this specific case, Wimbledon’s organizers have given a lesson of humility and good sense to the organization of the French Open that quickly postponed Roland Garros to October without letting the other interested institutions or the players know.
In fact, right now it is even being discussed that the ATP and WTA circuits won’t offer any points counting towards the world rankings, incase the tournament keeps the same date that was established without any kind of agreement with the parties interested on the matter.
WIMBLEDON ONLY STOPPED DURING THE WAR
The magnitude of the period we’re living is quite visible on the symbolism of Wimbledon’s cancellation only for the 3rd time in history. The grass courts of London host the iconic tennis tournament since 1877. However, the tournament was always played except during two periods.
Firstly, between 1915 and 1918 due to the 1st World War and then after 1940 and 1945, due to the 2nd world war, and now for the 3rd time due to a worldwide pandemic that has been hurting the foundations of our planet, although for different reasons since we’re not on a global war.
“It just tells you the magnitude of what we’re facing, especially for them to do it this early, three months out.” https://t.co/jrBCB403re
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 2, 2020
In practice, we can say that this is also a “war”, although the same isn’t fought for humans of 2 different factions but more like humans generally united on the fight against an unknown virus that has been causing a lot of deaths since its birth on the markets of Wuhan, China.
But focusing more on the sporting side, it will be interesting to analyze which players might be more and less benefited by this competitive break that resulted on Wimbledon’s cancellation.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO SECURE ANOTHER TITLE ON GRASS
The current world No. 1 and winner of the first Grand Slam of the year in Australi has been one of the least benefited with this competitive break because it looked like he would be the elite tennis player on his best moment of form at this start of the season.
Besides that, the Serbian once again got closer to the total No. of Grand Slams of Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer and he would certainly be thinking about Wimbledon as another great chance of getting even closer to them.
Novak Djokovic won the last two editions of the British tournament and 4 of the last 6, which means he has been the main dominator of the grass season in the past couple of years.
É triste, um dos esportes que mais gosto de assistir. https://t.co/WtmJ22pMCS
— Ygor Freire (@ygorf1806) April 2, 2020
On the side of those that don’t seem very worried about the cancellation of Wimbledon in 2020 will be the Spaniard Rafael Nadal that only won it on 2 occasions (2008 and 2010) and they could hardly surprise the Serbian again or even the swiss Roger Federer.
On the other hand, Roland Garros, where the Spanish player is king, is still on the schedule this year, although with a lot of controversy in the mix and with serious doubts regarding the dates announced by the organizers of the French competition.
TIMES OF CONFINEMENT AND SOLIDARITY
The main players of the ATP and WTA circuits (male and female, respectively) they’ve been showing themselves particularly active on social media these days, describing a bit of what has been their social isolation and how they’re looking to maintain their good form.
Besides that, solidarity has also been prevailing amongst the richer and better-known players, with several acts of charity, namely amongst monetary donations or essential goods and protection material. These are hard times for everyone, but it’s up to the better players to teach the weaker ones, that tend to struggle when in crisis and tennis has been giving the example.