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Wimbledon 2020 decision next week as organizers confirm emergency meeting

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Wimbledon management will hold an emergency meeting next week to decide whether this year's tournament will go ahead.

The All England Club is due to stage the tournament beginning June 29, but the event is in doubt because of the ongoing global coronavirus crisis that has decimated the sporting calendar.

Both the ATP and WTA tours are canceled until June 8 at the earliest, while Roland Garros officials opted to shift the French Open from May to September.

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In a statement released Wednesday, the All England Club (AELTC) revealed it has been looking into contingency options for Wimbledon since January, working closely throughout with the UK government and public health authorities.

Organizers will convene to decide what steps to take, with postponement and cancellation expected to be discussed, but they have formally ruled out playing behind closed doors.

"The unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world," AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis said. "The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make."