Wimbledon cancellation to hamper record-breakers Roger Federer and Serena Williams

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The cancellation of Wimbledon will change tennis history by denying Roger Federer and Serena Williams the chance to break more records.

The All England Club is set to announce in the next 24 hours that the coronavirus will stop the staging of the The Championship for the first time since World War Two.

TV favourite Annabel Croft has seen Federer and Williams dominate the singles events over the past two decades – and insists Wimbledon is still their best chance to win more Majors.

The Swiss superstar holds the record of 20 Grand Slam titles for a male but he is now just one ahead of Rafa Nadal and three ahead of Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic.

And American great Williams has been stuck one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 since January 2017.

Both tennis legends turn 40 next year.

And former British No.1 Croft said: “How many more times can Roger Federer realistically try to win Wimbledon?

“And if the French Open does take place later in the year, that benefits Nadal more than anybody potentially. And then you look at Serena and her best chance to win another Slam is on the grasscourts at Wimbledon so that affects her as well. She is now 38 and has started a family.

“There are so many different scenarios and question marks.
“And Andy Murray is going to miss another Wimbledon. It is going to make him re-think everything as well. It is a nightmare.”

Cancellation would see no top-level tennis until at least July 13.

The US Open in August is also under threat with the Billie jean King USTA National Tennis Center will be turned into a temporary hospital in New York. The French Open has now been re-scheduled until September.

But Andy Murray’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo tweeted: “I think we’re going to have to draw a line under the 2020 tennis season.

“International circuit = players of all nationalities plus management, spectators and people from the 4 corners of the world who bring these events to life.

“No vaccine = no tennis.”

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