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Roger Federer is ‘devastated’ after it was announced that Wimbledon has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis. This is the first time that Wimbledon has been cancelled since World War II.

Huge swathes of sport across the globe has been postponed or cancelled as the coronavirus outbreak continues, but there had been hope that Wimbledon, scheduled to start on 29 June, would go ahead.

However, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon that the London tournament has been cancelled for 2020 and will not return until next year. The eight-times champion simply tweeted one word after the announcement was made: ‘Devastated.’

At 38-years-old, Federer is running out of opportunities to compete at the tournament he has won more than any other player in the Open Era. However, still ranked #4 in the world, he will expect to be in south-west London next year as he approaches his 40th birthday.

Before the announcement was made, former British number one Annabel Croft stated her belief that cancellation would be bad news for ageing legends Federer and Serena Williams. “How many more times can Roger Federer realistically try to win Wimbledon?” Croft questioned.

“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,” he added.

In All England Club statement on Wednesday confirmed: ‘It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.

Till now all over the world around 936045 people tested positive and 47245 people have died due to the pandemic COVID 19. 194576 people have been recovered from the coronavirus outbreak.

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