Wimbledon Tennis Championships was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.

Iran PressEurope: After an emergency meeting, the All England Club was announced that the event is being scrapped for 2020.

Wimbledon Tennis Championships was scheduled to be played on the club's grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. Instead, the next edition of the tournament will be June 28 to July 11, 2021.

Also Wednesday, the ATP and WTA announced that the men's and women's professional tennis tours would be suspended until at least July 13. They already had been on hold through June 7.

Wimbledon Tennis Championships joins the growing list of sports events called off completely in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

That includes the Tokyo Olympics -- which have been pushed back 12 months -- and the NCAA men's and women's college basketball tournaments.


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