Tennis may not return until 2021 after the Coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the entire grass court season and most of the clay court campaign.
All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) Chief Executive Richard Lewis said this on Thursday.
The pandemic has played havoc with the global sporting calendar and the Wimbledon championships were cancelled by the AELTC on Wednesday for the first time since the second World War.
Lewis, who is set to step down in July, said he hoped the situation will stabilise in the coming months to allow the hard court season to get underway before the U.S. Open begins on Aug. 24.
“The optimist in me and I’m often not optimistic still hopes that the American hardcourt season will take place.
“One hopes that things have settled down a bit and those big 1,000-point tournaments Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati can happen in the lead-up to the U.S. Open. (Text and photo courtesy Nation)