By Ros Satar
- Following the FFT announcement that Roland Garros has been rescheduled, the AELTC communicates its position
- Hopeful that the grass court season can continue as the clay court season looks in jeopardy
LONDON, UK – Quick on the heels of the surprise announcement that Roland Garros was being rescheduled, Wimbledon takes measures to stay on track
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Wimbledon continues to monitor the situation
Late on Tuesday the French Tennis Federation (FFT) caught players and the ATP and WTA tours by surprise by announcing that it would be held between 20 September to 4 October, regardless of the fact a number of tournaments are still scheduled for that time, following the US Open.
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As some players expressed their annoyance at again finding out information via social media, Wimbledon released a press release of its own with its current position.
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.
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, commented: “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. 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.”
As it stands the tennis tours are set to return at the end of April/start of May, but with just a handful of clay court tournaments that would have served as the lead-up to the second Slam of the season, the expected joint statement from the tours may address the validity of the clay court season at all.
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