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Wimbledon to hold 'emergency meeting' next week on 2020 tournament

Wimbledon is set to start in London on 29 June, but the continuing spread of the virus has caused havoc with the sporting schedule and the grass-court Grand Slam could be the next major event to be delayed.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic challenges a call in the fifth set tie breaker against Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Wimbledon could be postponed after All England Club chiefs called an "emergency meeting" for next week to discuss whether to go ahead with this year's tournament amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Wimbledon is set to start in London on 29 June, but the continuing spread of the virus has caused havoc with the sporting schedule and the grass-court Grand Slam could be the next major event to be delayed.

"The AELTC can confirm that it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak," an All England Club statement said on Wednesday.

"An emergency meeting of the AELTC Main Board is scheduled for next week, and in preparation we are communicating closely with the LTA, and with the ATP, WTA, ITF and the other Grand Slams."