Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Wimbledon claim made ahead of cancellation
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be the biggest losers from the anticipated announcement that Wimbledon won’t take place this year. That is the view of former British player Annabel Croft.
Officials at the All England Club are scheduled to meet today to finally confirm the grass-court Grand Slam will be cancelled as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Wimbledon would become the latest major sports event following the Tokyo Olympics and 2020 European Championships to be called off.
The tennis season is currently suspended until June but that is likely to be extended into July as the wait goes on before top-level sport can resume.
Wimbledon’s cancellation has significant ramifications for several players, most notably two of the biggest stars – Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Federer and Williams have won the tournament eight and seven times respectively and view the event has their best chance of adding to their Grand Slam hauls.
Should the pair return to SW19 in 2021, they will both be 39 and almost certainly closing in on the finish line of their decorated careers.
And Croft believes Federer and Williams will be among the hardest hit by Wimbledon not taking place.
She said: “How many more times can Roger Federer realistically try to win Wimbledon? And if the French Open does take place later in the year, that benefits Nadal more than anybody potentially.
“And then you look at Serena and her best chance to win another Slam is on the grass courts at Wimbledon so that affects her as well. She is now 38 and has started a family.
“There are so many different scenarios and question marks.
“And Andy Murray is going to miss another Wimbledon. It is going to make him re-think everything as well. It is a nightmare.”
Meanwhile, American No 1 John Isner says the prospect of Wimbledon not going ahead would be a “tough pill to swallow”.
“We’re hoping that they’re going to be somewhat optimistic about playing the event this year,” Isner told ESPN.
“I’d love to hear some optimism from them.
“We may have to come to grips with the fact that we may not be playing Wimbledon this year.
“It’s going to be a tough pill to swallow. Wimbledon sort of has to be played this (same) time of year.
“With that surface, the event, it seems, has to be played this time and there’s a good chance it won’t be.”