Federer 'devastated' as Wimbledon cancelled due to virus

Federer 'devastated' as Wimbledon cancelled due to virus

Thursday, April 02, 2020

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former champion Roger Federer said he was “devastated” that Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II because of the novel coronavirus disease.

Wimbledon chiefs pulled the plug on the oldest Grand Slam tournament yesterday in response to the continued chaos caused by the pandemic.

Federer, who has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, reacted with a single word, tweeting: “devastated.”

Serena Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon women's singles champion, was also rocked by the news as the American tweeted: “I'm Shocked (sic)”.

Federer and Serena will be nearly 40 by the time of the 2021 championships.

Wimbledon was due to run for two weeks from June 29, with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep set to defend their singles titles.

But All England Club chiefs were left with no choice but to cancel the grass-court event — which was first staged in 1877 — due to the continued health crisis across the world.

Halep, the Romanian who defeated Serena to win Wimbledon for the first time last year, tweeted: “So sad to hear Wimbledon won't take place this year.”

American legend Billie-Jean King, a six-time singles champion at Wimbledon, said, “I fully understand and support the decision.”

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova summed up the prevailing sentiment among players as she said it would be hard to go a year without visiting Wimbledon.


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