02/04/2020 8:33 AM AEDT | Updated 02/04/2020 8:37 AM AEDT

Wimbledon 2020 Tournament Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

It's the latest sporting event to be called off to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Wimbledon 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have confirmed. 

The tennis tournament, due to begin on June 29, was called off completely by the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Wednesday, the first time since the Second World War.

In a statement, bosses said: “It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.

“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.” 

The possibility of holding the competition behind closed doors was deemed unviable. It comes despite postponement having been described as posing “significant risk and difficulty.”

More than half a million people descend on SW19, in southwest London, every  year to see the sport’s top stars compete.