Wimbledon Overall Records

Wimbledon Men’s Records

Winner of most Gentlemen’s Singles titles

(8) Roger Federer

Winner of most consecutive Gentlemen’s Singles titles

(6) William Renshaw

Winner of most Gentlemen’s Doubles titles

(9) Todd Woodbridge

Winner of most consecutive Gentlemen’s Doubles titles

(5) Reginald Doherty & Laurence Doherty,and Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde

Winner of most Mixed Doubles titles

(4) Ken Fletcher & Vic Seixas, and Owen Davidson & Leander Paes

Winner of most Championships (total: singles, doubles, mixed)

(13) Laurence Doherty

Women’s Records at Wimbledon

Winner of most Ladies’ Singles titles

(9) Martina Navratilova

Winner of most consecutive Ladies’ Singles titles

(6) Martina Navratilova

Winner of most Ladies’ Doubles titles

(12) Elizabeth Ryan

Winner of most consecutive Ladies’ Doubles titles

(4) Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, and Natasha Zvereva

Winner of most Mixed Doubles titles

(7) Elizabeth Ryan

Winner of most Championships (total: singles, doubles, mixed)

(20) Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King

10 Facts You May Or May Not Know About Wimbledon

1) Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877. Men’s Singles was the only event played that year. Ladies’ Singles and Men’s Doubles events were introduced in 1884. The Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles events were added to the tournament in 1913.

2) Matches can last forever. The longest match ever played at Wimbledon took place at the 2010 tournament. John Isner of the United States defeated French player Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days.

3) The winners of Wimbledon do not get to keep their trophy. They remain on display at the All England Club’s museum and the winners go home with a small replica of the trophy.

4) The record number of Wimbledon Singles wins is held by a woman. At the time of this article, the record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies’ Singles belongs to retired Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. In Men’s Singles, the record for most titles is shared by William Renshaw, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer, who each won the event seven times.

5) 250 people are tasked with keeping track of the balls. About 250 ball boys and girls – known as BBGs – are hired and undergo intensive training to keep track of all those fast-moving tennis balls.

6) 54,250 tennis balls are used during the tournament. The balls are replaced after every seven to nine games to make sure they’re in perfect shape throughout the match. Those not in use are stored in a refrigerated container to keep them in tip-top condition.

7) Wimbledon rules state that all players must be dressed almost entirely in white. Umpires can ask a player to change if they don’t meet the dress code. For instance, in 2013, Wimbledon champ Roger Federer was told to switch his shoes for his next match because they had orange soles.

8) Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event played on grass courts. The grass is tended to year-round. During the event, it’s cut to an exact height of 8mm.

9) Strawberries and cream is as essential as a tennis racket. In 2017, 23 tonnes of strawberries and 7,000 litres of fresh cream were served to visitors. If you were to lay these berries in a line, they’d stretch almost 37 miles end-to-end.

10) Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation in Europe: serving 234,000 meals, 330,000 cups of tea and coffee, 140,000 portions of English strawberries, 10,000 litres of dairy cream and 29,000 bottles of champagne, among other things.

8 Fun Facts About Roland Garros / The French Open

1. The first French Open was played in 1891 and was originally played on sand. For the first six years it was only open to men, women weren’t allowed to take part until 1897. What is now called the Stade Roland Garros was constructed in 1928 to host France’s first defense of the Davis Cup.

2. The Stade Roland Garros in Paris where the French Open is played is named after EugĂšne Adrien Roland Georges Garros, a World War I pilot and pioneering French aviator who completed the first solo flight across the Mediterranean Sea. Tiny yet unique, it is the smallest venue compared to the other three majors. The area is way lesser than half of the area of Australian open, Wimbledon and US open.

3. The ‘clay’ surface isn’t actually clay – the courts are surfaced with white limestone covered with powdered red brick dust, which gives the courts their ochre colour. It is the only Grand Slam event that is played on a red surface. An estimated 44,000kg of crushed red brick are used each year.

4. The Stade Roland Garros is a 21-acre complex boasting 20 courts. Built in 1928, Court Philippe Chatrier is the centrepiece and seats over 15,000 spectators. The other show court is named after French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen, one of the biggest tennis stars of the 1920s. The project to add a retractable roof to Court Philippe Chatrier was completed in February 2020. The roof is made up of 11 trusses, each weighing 330 metric tons, which took two years to manufacture and eight months to assemble.

5. The prize for winning the men’s singles event is the Coupe des Mousquetaires (the Musketeers’ Cup) – it refers to the legendary French tennis stars who reigned over the tournament until 1933 and were known as the Four Musketeers: Jean Borotra, RenĂ© Lacoste, Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet.

6. The Coupe des Mousquetaires remains in the stadium – the winner is given a smaller replica to take home. The trophy is so precious, it has its own special trunk that was created by Louis Vuitton.

7. Non-French tennis club members were only allowed to enter the tournament in 1925, when it became the ‘French Open’. Before then it was only open to members of French tennis clubs. However, only two French nationals have lifted the most prestigious singles trophy at the Roland Garros in the Open Era. Yannick Noah won the men’s title in the year 1983 and Mary Pierce was the last French national to win the women’s singles title in 2000.

8. The French Open has been held every year in Paris since 1891, except from 1939-1945 when it was cancelled because of World War II. The 2020 edition of the tournament, which was the first to be assisted by the roof over Philippe-Chatrier, was postponed to late September and early October and was played in front of limited spectators, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky II is a 1979 American sports drama film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone.[2] It is the sequel to Rocky (1976) and is the second installment in the Rocky franchise. It also stars Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith. In the film, Rocky Balboa (Stallone), struggling to adjust to family life, finds himself in a rematch fiercely demanded by Apollo Creed (Weathers). Development of Rocky II began in 1977, after Stallone completed the screenplay. United Artists were reluctant to allow Stallone to direct after John G. Avildsen, the director of the first film, was unable to return. Stallone was eventually hired after disallowing the film to be made without him as director, and the returns of the rest of the cast was secured soon thereafter.

Principal photography commenced in 1978, with filming held primarily on location in Philadelphia, during which, Stallone sustained several injuries. Rocky II was theatrically released in the United States by United Artists on June 15, 1979. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its characterization, finale, and Stallone’s performance. It grossed $200 million worldwide and $85 million in North America, making it the third highest-grossing film of 1979 domestically.

Rocky (1976)

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and directed by John G. Avildsen. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa (Stallone), an uneducated, kind-hearted working class Italian-American and small-time club fighter who, while working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film also stars Talia Shire as Rocky’s love interest Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian’s brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky’s trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as reigning champion Apollo Creed.

Made on a budget of just under $1 million, Rocky proved to be a sleeper hit, earning $225 million in global box office receipts and becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976. The film was critically acclaimed and solidified Stallone’s career, beginning his rise to prominence as a major movie star. Among other accolades, it received ten Academy Award nominations, winning three, including Best Picture. In 2006, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. Critics consider Rocky one of the greatest sports films ever made and the American Film Institute ranked it the second-best in the genre, after Raging Bull, in 2008.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Medals Design

The 2022 Winter Games medals are called “Tong Xin,” meaning “together as one.” For the design, Chinese organizers said they pulled from their country’s tradition and culture to influence the look of the medals. Since Beijing is a two-time Olympic host city, organizers said they wanted to include a nod to the 2008 Summer Games in the design. Lin Cunzhen, the director of arts for the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, said organizers pulled from similar design choices used in 2008.

“We used jade into the design of the medals, which is in line with the 2008 Olympic medals. It’s a reflection of Beijing being a two-time Olympic city,” she said. The use of jade, a precious stone, has its roots in ancient Chinese history, Lin told reporters. The medals feature five rings, and the carved designs around their perimeters are based on traditional Chinese calligraphy. “XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022” is also engraved on the back along with its Chinese translation.

18 Year Old British Girl Wins The US Open Women’s Final

In the first US Open final between two unseeded players, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu took home her first Grand Slam championship when she defeated 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam, also doing so in just the second Grand Slam tournament of her career. With the victory, Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977. Wade was also the last British woman to win the US Open, back in 1968.

Furthermore, Raducanu is also the youngest women’s tennis player to win a major since Maria Sharapova upset Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final. It wasn’t only a few months ago when Raducanu made her Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) main draw debut at the 2021 Nottingham Open in June, where she entered the tournament as a wild card. Later that month, she made her main draw Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, again as a wild card. Raducanu made it all the way to the fourth round at Wimbledon, becoming the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open Era. The 2021 US Open was just her second career Grand Slam, and she had never played a top-40 player until competing in New York. On Monday, Raducanu will rise from No. 150 to No. 23 in the WTA rankings.

Pick Up A Game : Health Benefits of Bowling

Health Benefits of Bowling – Bowling has one of the longest and richest histories of all sports, dating back approximately 4,000 years ago to Greece and Rome. If you have watched the sport, or game if you prefer, and would like to get into it here are some reasons to get into it and possibly join a local league. There are many important physiological and physical attributes of a successful bowler, including exceptional hand/eye coordination and balance, good flexibility, strength and aerobic fitness and low body fat. A good musculoskeletal system maximizes bowling power and control while minimizing injury risk.

Muscle Strength : Bowling is a sport! It requires a combination of lifting, bending, and extending. Each time you bowl, you utilize your arms, shoulders, wrists, and legs to propel the ball down the lane. The more you bowl, the more muscle strength you’ll build. This is especially true if you increase the weight of your ball as you continue to bowl.

Improved Flexibility : You can bet that the more you bowl, the more flexible you’ll become. Bowling requires an extensive range of motion. Not only are you lunging and twisting regularly, but you also have to stabilize your muscles in order to balance as you approach the lane. The more you practice, the more stability and flexibility you’ll develop.

Hand-eye coordination: Throwing the bowling ball and hitting the pins requires a great amount of hand-eye coordination. This kind of focus stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes bowling the perfect game for young people to sharpen motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and for older people to refine tactics.

Can be enjoyed at any age: Bowling is one of the few sports that allows you to compete at any age and become a pro. The game is enjoyed by everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens and is currently the fastest growing high school varsity sport. There’s a low risk of injury, which makes it a popular game for older individuals. Many bowling alleys can accommodate those in wheelchairs and bowlers who are blind.

Fun for the whole family: A large contributing factor to the simplicity of this game is the immense adaptability that it offers. The rules of the game are very easy to understand and learn, and the automatic scoring systems take care of all the scoring for you. So bring your children and your parents, buy some snacks & soft drinks at the counter and make a day of it.

How to Get Stronger For Arm Wrestling

How to Get Stronger For Arm Wrestling

Arm wrestling has been a way of displaying manly strength for a long time now. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are bound to get challenged to an arm-wrestling match at one point in your life. Therefore, it is necessary to at least be prepared for such a challenge whenever it comes your way.

The interesting thing about dominating in this kind of sport is that victory is not necessarily about your general body size. Shaquille O’Neal will be able to tell you a thing or two about that after he was defeated by Devon Larratt. Rather, the key to winning is to develop your forearm strength.

You will require the use of some pieces of equipment to build your forearm strength. You can go to GripStrength for information on the kind of equipment you can use for such a purpose. Apart from having the right equipment, you need to have the right exercise routine to enable you to build arm strength.

Therefore, in this article, we will provide you with exercise routines that will help you to get stronger for arm wrestling.

Let’s get started


1. Cupping

This exercise also known as wrist flexion has been described by some as arm wrestling’s ace for forearm exercises. How is it done?

To carry this out, you will have to bend your wrist inside. While doing this, you will do your best to ensure that your fingers are touching your wrists inside part. Although you should try as much as your flexibility allows; however, isn’t a must that your fingers actually touch your wrists. But you need to make the strength push from the fingertips; hence, all parts of the wrist and fingers must experience the tension.

This exercise is great for improving the hook technique that is used in arm wrestling. The hook technique involves wrist-bending which allows you to cause your opponent’s bicep to become opened in a way that makes them lose their leverage.

The number of reps you should perform with this workout ranges from 25 – 50 reps per set.

After getting used to the routine, if you want to make it more challenging, you can get a PVC pipe of 3 inches and then wrap it in sandpaper. The sandpaper is useful to stop slippage of the pipe while you work out. After wrapping it with sandpaper, tie a belt twice around the PVC pipe, but leave some room that you will use as a handle where you can put in your hand. Then using your hand that isn’t involved, bind a nylon strap around your hand that is involved.

Once you have done that, flex your wrist with the hand that has the pipe while your other hand pulls the other way in a bid to generate resistance.

2. Standing Cable Wrist Curls

The cable machine is very popular. But did you know that you can use it to build up your forearm for arm wrestling? Well, let’s show you how


To get this done, you will need to face the machine and try to replicate a posture when at an arm-wrestling table. You will then grab hold of the rotating handles, which you follow up by performing wrist curls while maintaining arm wrestling posture. Check this guide for simple wrist curls exercises you can use to build up your forearm.

For maximum effect, tilt and cup your wrists and curl the rotating handles slowly. The number of reps recommended per set is 25 – 50 reps.

3. Pronation Forearm Flex

To perform this workout, you need to sit first, and then have your arm fully stretched out with your palm facing upwards. Then, have a belt wrapped around your choice hand. You can choose to add a weight plate let’s say about 10 pounds at the belt’s end.

Once that is done, lift the weight but ensure that you are twisting your hand in a counterclockwise manner. You are required to twist it until there is flex in your pronator teres muscle. Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronator_teres_muscle to learn more about the pronator teres muscle.

This exercise should be done for 25 – 50 reps per set and will help in building resistance as well as improving the top roll technique. The top roll technique involves dropping your hip under the wrestling table while pronating your wrist. This action will cause you to create the leverage needed to defeat your opponent.

4. Pullups with Wrist Involvement 

The pullup is a staple exercise, but for an arm wrestler, you need to add some adjustments by involving your wrist in the action. When you pull yourself up, cup your wrist inwards on the pullup bar. You are to repeat it as many reps as you can.

This exercise is for those who are already proficient with the basic pullup routine. If you are not, simply focus on the basic routine and work your way to this variation.

Conclusion 

Getting stronger for arm wrestling can be achieved if you put in the work required. Thankfully, with the exercises we have shared above, you are well on your way to becoming a great arm wrestler.

The Medals At Tokyo Olympics Are Recycled Phones & Small Electronics

Medals are unique to each Games and to produce the medals, the Tokyo Organising Committee conducted the “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project” to collect small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan. This project makes Tokyo 2020 the first in the history of the Olympic Games to involve citizens in the production of medals, and to manufacture the medals using recycled metals.

Approximately 5,000 medals have been produced from small electronic devices that were contributed by people all over Japan. Tokyo 2020 launched a medal design competition, inviting the public to submit design ideas for the medals. The medals for Tokyo 2020 were designed by Junichi Kawanishi.

RIP Milkha Singh

Captain Milkha Singh also known as The Flying Sikh, died yesterday. He was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army.  At the age of 91, he succumbed to post covid-19 complications Friday night after a month-long battle with the virus. He is the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres race at the Asian Games as well the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.

The race for which Singh was best remembered is his fourth-place finish in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Olympic Games, which he had entered as one of the favourites. Various records were broken in the race, which required a photo-finish and saw American Otis Davis being declared the winner by one-hundredth of a second over German Carl Kaufmann. Singh’s fourth-place time of 45.73 seconds was the Indian national record for almost 40 years. From beginnings that saw him orphaned and displaced during the Partition of India, Singh has become a sporting icon in his country. In 2008, journalist Rohit Brijnath described Singh as “the finest athlete India has ever produced”.

Singh’s autobiography, The Race of My Life (cowritten with his daughter Sonia Sanwalka), was published in 2013.  The book inspired Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a 2013 biographical film of Singh’s life. The film is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role, and Divya Dutta and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles.

RIP Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi, Italian football great and World Cup winner, dies aged 64 due to lung cancer. Rossi’s death aged 64 was announced in the early hours of Thursday by the Italian TV channel RAI Sport, for which the former striker and star of that 1982 team had been working as a pundit. There was a wave of tributes in Italy among those in the sporting and political world.

The former Juventus and Milan player is widely regarded as one of the best forwards of all time and is most famous for his heroics at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. In the final he scored the opening goal as Italy defeated West Germany 3-1. Earlier in the tournament, in what is still considered one of the best World Cup performances, he scored a hat-trick to beat Brazil 3-2 and send one of the favourites out early.

Rossi won the 1982 World Cup’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball and, in the same year, the Ballon d’Or. In a 2018 Fifa documentary he said: “On one hand I felt fulfilled. I said to myself: ‘You’ve made it.’ On the other hand, I was disappointed that all of this just ended. The World Cup was over.” He also scored three goals at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. With a total of nine goals, he remains Italy’s joint highest scorer at the World Cup with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri. That he was involved in the 1982 finals at all was only down to a reduction of a match-fixing ban. Rossi was the world’s highest-paid player when, in 1980, he was banned for three years after it emerged that a 2-2 draw between Perugia – where he was on loan from Vicenza – and Avellino was fixed by a betting syndicate.

Rossi denied involvement and his ban was commuted to two years. The then 25-year-old, who had in the interim been purchased by Juventus, returned to the game two months before the tournament. Rossi spent his entire club career in Italy, winning two Serie A titles and helping Juve to secure the 1984-85 European Cup, a year after winning the Cup Winners’ Cup. Rossi is one of only three players to have won all three awards at a World Cup, along with Garrincha in 1962, and Mario Kempes in 1978. Following his retirement he also worked as a pundit for Sky, Mediaset Premium, and Rai Sport. Rossi left behind his second wife, Federica Cappelletti, and three children.

How to Choose Your Best Sports Drink for Summer Time

Shopping for a healthy drink might not seem difficult with options flooding store shelves. But would you be comfortable in picking up just about any product? When it comes to health, compromise is a big no-no. Did you know that you could order your special beverage online? Yes, you could get your best sports drink from Greater Than and take care of your health. If you are looking more for low sugar, high electrolytes, and good taste, such reliable sites could quench your thirst for good health. 

 

Finding a health drink that claims to be a natural takes nothing more than your accessibility to a well-marketed product. But, if you want to sip on the goodness of 100% natural health beverages, you’d rather choose your beverage carefully. This includes reading the label before picking it up. Whether you are scouting for that perfect coolant post sweaty summer-workouts or a cuppa to motivate you to hop out of your winter blankets, here’s something you must consider. 

 

Picking the appropriate form 

Sports drinks come in various forms. While most drinks could be bottled or canned, it isn’t unlikely to find beverages sold as powders and tablets that can be simply dissolved into water, milk, or fluid that complements the packaged contents. However, the on-the-go drinks are just perfect for those who are on the move and don’t have the time or convenience to bring the drink ingredients altogether in order to consume them. 

 

Things that your energy-boosting health drink should comprise

If you are a sports enthusiast or a professional athlete, you would need a beverage that’s more than just a thirst-quencher. A wellness drink that caters to your overall body needs after a workout session should include electrolytes and energy booster such as good calories and some glucose.

Here’s what you can look for when selecting your drink from an online store. 

 

Electrolytes

Walking, running, gym workout or intensive sports sessions can rob you of energy as well as fluids. As you sweat, essential minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other protective reserves could also leach out causing dehydration. When choosing a drink, make sure that the fluid you pick has all that is required to replenish any mineral loss. Want to know more about electrolytes, read up more at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153188#:~:text=Electrolytes%20are%20che

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Does your health beverage fulfill the calorific needs?

Be it high-endurance exercises or any strenuous sports, engaging in any such activities might increase the body’s demand for calories. It is important to consider a drink based on your level of activity as that could be the only way to satiate your body’s caloric and energy requirements.

However, you might want to consult a nutritionist before buying any such drink if you are on a weight loss journey. While training for a marathon may need you to depend on a high-calorie beverage, depending on a calorie-rich drink may not be the appropriate choice for those striving to lose a few pounds. Instead, an electrolyte-rich drink alone could suffice.

Taking care of your body’s sugar needs 

Did you know that most sports brews contain high amounts of sugar? Well, that’s because it resolves to replace much of the carbs lost during a workout. If you don’t want to feed your body with extra sugar, opting for sugar-free options would make a sensible choice. You could check ingredient details on the package label to be able to make a comprehensive choice. Some formulas such as tablets and powders may contain low sugar. However, avoid blindly falling for sugar-free drinks as those could be more harmful. Yes, most sugar-free drinks contain artificial sweeteners that pose other health risks. Check this post to see how bad artificial sweeteners could be.

Products fortified with additional ingredients are more of a marketing gimmick. You might come across drinks that include amino acids, vitamins, herbs, and artificial flavors, and all this could be packed with lots of sugar to load you with empty calories. If you are health conscious and can take out some time from your busy schedule, there’s nothing that could replace a fresh, homemade delicious and healthy beverage. From watermelons, coconut water to cucumber juice, you can try interesting DIY drinks to suit your fitness needs. Lemon, honey, maple syrup, orange juice, ginger roots, etc. can work excellently as powerful ingredients in your health drink.

Wimbledon 2020 Cancelled

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July. The entire grass-court season has been abandoned, and there will be no professional tennis anywhere in the world until at least 13 July. Wimbledon is the latest major summer sporting event to be called off, with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics postponed for 12 months. It follows the postponement of the French Open, which was due to begin in May but has been rescheduled to 20 September-4 October.

The All England Club did not need to make a decision before the end of April, but the writing has been on the wall for some time. That is when on-site preparations would have had to begin in earnest: a forlorn hope given the current restrictions in place in the UK. As was the thought that by the end of June, 40,000 people would be able to take their seats in packed stands, and jostle for the best vantage point in the narrow walkways bordering the outside courts. The government’s advice that large gatherings should not take place is aimed, in no small part, at relieving the pressure on the emergency services, which would otherwise be in attendance. It is undeniably optimistic to assume the demands on the health service will have returned to normal levels by mid-summer.

Swift cancellation should help reduce any losses that Wimbledon, and the LTA’s series of grass-court events, might incur – but there is also the issue of perception. The All England Club would not want to be seen to be pushing ahead with a sporting event as the death toll continues to rise and the country remains in the grip of the pandemic. Sticking resolutely to a place on the calendar, only to cancel abruptly, or postponing by a few weeks before having to concede defeat, is messy. It is not the way Wimbledon does things. Better, instead, to face facts and plan to return with a flourish in 2021.

Premier League & Other Sporting Events Suspended

Premier League football (soccer) matches have been suspended in England until April 3rd due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a group of the country’s major football bodies has announced. It comes on the same day UEFA announced that all Champions League and Europa League matches next week have been postponed. In addition to the Premier League, all other top level English fixtures have also been cancelled Sky News reports.

With Arsenal players in isolation due to being in close contact with infected Olypiakoas owner, this was bound to happen. Two high-profile cases of COVID-19 have been reported within the English footballing community, while Everton recently announced that its squad was in isolation because of the virus, Sky News notes. The Premier League says it’s hoping to reschedule any cancelled matches. The announcement comes as numerous sports fixtures around the world are being cancelled over the now-pandemic. In the US, the NBA and NHL have both suspended their seasons, while across Europe football leagues have been suspended in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Ireland, according to Sky News.

The Premier League said play will start on 4 April subject to “conditions at the time”. FA chairman Greg Clarke is known to have expressed his fear at Friday’s emergency meeting that the season may have to be abandoned. England’s international friendly matches against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off. The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier than the Premier League on 3 April, said clubs were also advised to suspend “non-essential activities” such as “player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings”. The Euro 2020 play-offs have also moved closer to being postponed after Fifa recommended that all impending internationals should be called off. Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic are all scheduled to play their semi-finals on 26 March, with the finals five days later.

The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.

  • The London Marathon has been moved from 26 April to 4 October, with the Manchester and Brighton Marathons also postponed.
  • Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.
  • In rugby union, Saturday’s Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland has been postponed, as has Sunday’s Premiership Cup final between Sale and Harlequins.
  • Cycling’s Giro d’Italia, scheduled to start in Hungary in May, has been called off.
  • England’s Test cricket series in Sri Lanka has been cancelled.
  • Golf’s opening major of the year, the Masters, has been postponed.
  • Formula 1 has called off the Vietnam Grand Prix on 5 April.
  • Formula E is suspended for two months, affecting races in Paris, Seoul and Jakarta.