Wimbledon set to go ahead despite coronavirus fears with tennis chiefs hopeful

Wimbledon bosses have insisted there are no plans to postpone the tournament due to the coronavirus crisis.

The All England Club has been forced to scale down the number of staff working at Wimbledon, as well as close the museum, tours, shops and community sports ground.

But plans to stage the tennis championship in June and July are still going ahead – despite the sporting world coming to a standstill because of the pandemic.

A statement said: "The AELTC is continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus situation on an active basis, working closely with the government and the relevant health authorities.

"At this time, we continue to plan for the Championship and grass court season.

"And we intend to maintain the Estate with a limited team onsite, with the rest of our business operations taking place through remote working."

AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis admitted the situation could change in the coming weeks, depending on how bad the virus gets.

He said: "At the heart of our decision-making is our commitment to the health and safety of our members, staff and the public.

"We are grateful to the government and public health authorities for their advice and support.

"While we continue to plan for the Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation and we will act responsibly, in the best interests of wider society.

"We thank all our members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge."

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