African rising star Lloyd Harris is naturally upset at the news that
Wimbledon has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis but admits
health and safety is more important.
tennis tournament was due to begin on June 29, but now won’t take place until
next year, organisers said in a statement on Wednesday.
Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021 and this marks the
first time the tournament will not be played since the second World War.
announcement came after weeks of speculation the game’s most iconic tournament
would have to be postponed indefinitely.
“It’s very sad news
that Wimbledon is cancelled as well as the whole grass court season building up
to that and the clay court season as well prior to that. But it is out of our
control at this point and we must look at the bigger picture. It is important
for us as the world to stay safe, stay healthy and stay at home,” said Harris.
“This is not just
your normal crisis, but it is something very serious. I just urge everyone to
stay safe and be at home with your families and friends.”
Capetonian took on his idol Roger Federer, the eight-time Wimbledon champion on
centre court at the All England Tennis Club last year in the opening round.
Wimbledon is a very special tournament. I had some fun memories there last year
playing Roger (Federer) on centre court and it was very special for me.
Something I got to share with lots of people.”
expressed how much he would miss competing at the “special” tournament.
will be dearly missed by me, the fans and all the other players including other
tournaments that have been cancelled.
“But you know, as
soon as this all clears up, we will be back to entertain, and all the fans can
follow their favourite players. I am just looking forward to working hard
during this time and to be getting back on court soon.”
- Tennis SA