Africa: Wimbledon Cancelled - Federer and Williams Denied a Realistic Swansong


Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both in the twilight of their illustrious careers, might have missed their last realistic chance to win another Grand Slam with the cancellation of Wimbledon 2020.

On Wednesday the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships confirmed that the 2020 tournament would be cancelled due to public health concerns.

Wimbledon's cancellation came a day after Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing, Queens, New York, the venue for the US Open, was converted into a temporary hospital for sufferers of Covid-19 - the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Men's Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at Wimbledon on 14 July 2019 in London, England. (Photo: Simon Bruty / Anychance / Getty Images)

New York is at the epicentre of the pandemic in the US and the temporary hospital in the suburb of Flushing will provide 350 beds. The Louis Armstrong Stadium, one of the venues in the complex, will be converted into a field kitchen to provide 25,000 meals a day for patients, medical staff and other workers.

Serena Williams of the US in action during the Women's Singles Final against Simona...

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