Wimbledon faces prospect of cancellation due to global uncertainty

  • Decision will have to be made by start of May at the latest
  • Little room in calender even if health crisis ends

Wimbledon, which sits perilously close to the prime minister’s
best-case forecast for a flattening out of coronavirus within 12 weeks, is
highly unlikely to start on 29 June, if at all this summer.

“With such uncertainty about, changing big, long-term contracts and setting mutually acceptable new dates is difficult and complicated, as can be seen from what has been happening with the Olympics,” said an insider with long experience of negotiating international TV sporting deals on Wednesday. “For that reason, I’d say the chances of Wimbledon going ahead in June are slim to zero. You go with it now or you call it off.”

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