Wimbledon chief hopeful of Roger Federer and Serena Williams appearance in 2021


Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis says he would love Roger Federer and Serena Williams to play in 2021’s Championships following this year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, the All England Club confirmed the long-awaited decision to call off the tournament, which was due to start on June 29.

Federer and Williams were among the first players to react to the news, expressing their devastation and shock.

The two players have won Wimbledon a combined 15 times and are the biggest stars in the sport.

But with both of them turning 39 years old later this year, the finishing line on their careers is fast approaching.

Federer made clear he intends to be back at SW19 in 2021 but Williams has been coy over what her future holds.

However, Lewis, who is stepping down from his position in the summer, hopes the two greats will play at Wimbledon again.

He said: “We’d love to see both of them back.

“It’s something to look forward to, and we’ll hopefully enjoy it all the more, a silver lining to come out of it.”


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With the coronavirus situation continuing to develop, tennis remains in a state of flux given the global nature of the sport.

The ATP and WTA have extended the season suspension until July 13 but that is being regularly reviewed.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley recently expressed his fears the season may not resume again this year.

And while Lewis attempted to provide some optimism he conceded tennis must play a waiting game.

He added: “It’s a challenge for everybody. Let’s hope the US Open and Roland Garros can take place. It would be genuinely wonderful if the sport was off and running again.

“The optimist in me – and I am often not optimistic – still hopes the American hardcourt season, the big tournaments, the Masters and the Premiers, will take place: Montreal, Toronto and then Cincinnati. But we all know that’s probably tenuous at the moment.

“I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year. But I would like to think that things will settle down so that tournaments can be played sooner rather than later.”

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