The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) say they will decide the fate of this year's Wimbledon Championships at an emergency Board meeting on Tuesday (March 31).
Organisers of the Grand Slam tournament, held on grass in London in England, say they are currently evaluating all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahead of the emergency meeting the AELTC say they are in communication with the Lawn Tennis Association, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), the International Tennis Federation and organisers of the other Grand Slam tournaments.
Organisers say they will make a decision at the emergency meeting as preparation of the courts is due to begin at the end of April.
The AELTC has formally ruled out playing the Championships behind closed doors, and say that "the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty."
In line with UK Government advice, the All England Club site is currently closed with physical operations reduced to the practical minimum to maintain the grass courts and the security of the sites.
The AELTC is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.https://t.co/BjlPiyuTtf— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) March 25, 2020
“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," said Richard Lewis CBE, the chief executive of the AELTC.
"The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.
"We are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2020 and have convened an emergency meeting of the AELTC Main Board for next week, at which a decision will be made.”
Both the ATP and WTA Tours have been suspended until June 7 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 468,000 people worldwide and led to more than 21,000 deaths.
As a result of the suspension of the main tours, the French Open, traditionally the year's second Grand Slam, has been postponed from its scheduled dates in May and June.
Organisers of the tournament, held on the clay courts at Roland Garros in Paris, have already announced new dates - September 20 to October 4.
Wimbledon 2020 is currently scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12.