Coronavirus: Wimbledon To Be Cancelled This Week, Claims German Tennis Official
Dirk Hordorff, vice-president of the German tennis federation, has claimed that Wimbledon will be cancelled and slammed the French Tennis Federation for moving the French Open to the autumn.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event to be played on grass
Dirk Hordorff slammed French federation for postponing French Open
The start of French Open has been moved to September 20 from May 24
The vice-president of the German tennis federation has predicted that Wimbledon will be cancelled on Wednesday and slammed the French Tennis Federation for moving the French Open to the autumn. Dirk Hordorff told French sports daily L'Equipe that he expects Wimbledon, scheduled for June 29-July 12, to be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is not a rumour, they will announce that they are cancelling Wimbledon," he said.
In a move that surprised the tennis world, French Open organisers have already postponed their tournament and moved it to start on 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 hit out at 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 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."