Key questions as Wimbledon faces postponement or cancellation

first_img Read Also: Victor Moses flees Milan for London amid covid-19 fears ‘Meghan Markle’s Wimbledon hair is a look she rarely wears’ or ‘Meghan Markle’s Wimbledon outfit draws backlash’ were particular diversions in 2019. Also into cold storage will go the dependable, ‘Game, sweat and match’, dusted off every time the sun drives up the temperatures in London. And farewell to the ‘gruntometer’, that notorious low-tech gadget employed by the red-tops to categorise the on-court Wimbledon shrieks and screams. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World The All England Club will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the possible postponement or even cancellation of Wimbledon in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. Wimbledon’s famous logo at the All England Club AFP Sport looks at the key questions facing the organisers of what is generally regarded as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament. What are the options for Wimbledon this year? – Wimbledon, which is scheduled to take place from June 29 until July 12, has been staged every year in peace time since 1877, shelved only during the two world wars. However, the spread of the coronavirus has brought havoc to the 2020 global sports calendar. Tennis is at a standstill until June 7 with the entire European claycourt season already wiped out. Roland Garros, traditionally the season’s second Grand Slam of four, has been rescheduled from its traditional late May-early June slot to September 20-October 4. The grass court season is relatively short, five weeks for the leading events, so Wimbledon would appear to have time on their side. However, building and preparation work at the All England Club site in leafy south-west London takes two months to complete and is set to start at the end of April. There is also the issue of when the coronavirus will peak. By Thursday, there had been 170 fatalities in London alone with 578 nationwide. Around 9,500 people have been infected so far in the United Kingdom. Health is the top issue for an event which attracts not only the superstars of the sport, but also close to 500,000 spectators each year as well as 6,000 staff and around 3,200 accredited media. Why can’t the tournament be played later in the year? – A slot has opened up in the calendar after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until next year. However, Wimbledon organisers know that a postponement by a just fortnight to take advantage of that opening would solve little. It would also mean running into the build-up to the US hardcourt season, the precursor to the August-September US Open in New York. “At this time, based on the advice we have received from the public health authorities, the very short window available to us to stage The Championships due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty. “Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out,” said a spokesman.center_img Two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray said he appreciated the difficulties. “I don’t know how long they could push it back,” Murray, 34, told the BBC. “There’s a lot of other stakeholders, a lot of other tournaments to consider. Even things like daylight for the tournament. “Once the tournament gets put back, there’s less and less daylight.” What would be the financial implications of a cancelled Wimbledon? – The tournament is an annual money-spinner. For example, in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, it was reported that Wimbledon generated $336 million with a pre-tax profit of $52 million. Over 90 per cent of that was ploughed into British tennis. The BBC, which broadcasts Wimbledon, will have a two-week black hole if the event is called off. They reportedly shell out around $72 million a year for the rights. Who would be the losers of a cancelled Wimbledon? – As well as the purely sporting implications of a binned Wimbledon, Britain’s well-heeled would suffer a jolt to their busy summer social season. The Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames, a feature since 1839, has already been cancelled. Wary eyes will now be cast towards June’s Royal Ascot, which has drawn British royalty and the cream of society since 1911. The British tabloids would also be stripped of their two-week Wimbledon headline bonanza and celebrity fix. Worries over daylight: Britain’s Jamie Murraylast_img read more

After tight battle in Big City Classic, Syracuse to meet Notre Dame again in upcoming Big East tournament

first_img Published on April 28, 2013 at 11:47 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For 45 minutes, nothing separated the nation’s No. 1 and No. 7 teams. Notre Dame’s staunch defense and superb goaltending illustrated why it was regarded as the team to beat heading into the final weeks of the season. Syracuse’s hustle and equally firm defense demonstrated why it could play with anyone.For the final 15 minutes of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium, the Orange asserted itself as the better of the two — even if by a slim margin. And in less than a week they’ll go at it again.The Fighting Irish will have a chance to avenge its 10-4 loss to SU in East Rutherford, N.J., in just days, when the two meet in the first round of the Big East tournament in Villanova, Pa., on Thursday. The winner will advance to next Saturday’s Big East championship against the winner of the earlier semifinal game between the Wildcats and Georgetown.“Mentally we’ve got to get that edge back going into this next game because it’s really difficult to play a team you just beat, play them a few days later,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “It’s mental challenge for us as coaches and players.”For the first 15 minutes, the Orange and UND defenses traded blows, missed opportunities and made spectacular saves. SU midfielder Scott Loy freed himself up on the right side of the field, no defender within five yards. When he cranked up to shoot though, Notre Dame goaltender John Kemp slid over and deflected Loy’s shot with ease.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor 10 minutes, this is how things went. The game was even, as expected. Both Syracuse and the Irish found chances, but Kemp and SU goaltender Dominic Lamolinara positioned themselves in the way when they needed too. But for much of the first quarter, the stalwart defenses kept the opposition away from the cage.UND midfielder Tyler Kimball scrambled around atop the Irish offensive zone, but David Hamlin came in full pursuit. The Syracuse midfielder harassed Kimball, causing a turnover and keeping the teams level through one quarter.“When you come off a win, the tendency is to not evaluate the other team because whatever you did last time worked,” Desko. “I think we can’t do that as coaches. We have to have a Plan B ready.”Even as his defense collapsed in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said he wouldn’t change anything up in practice this week. The Fighting Irish have played well enough all season to merit the No. 1 ranking. Saturday’s collapse was just “a manifestation of four quarters of bad lacrosse.”Said Corrigan: “We’ll come back on Friday – or Thursday – and try it again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more