The cancellation of Wimbledon this week has not only fanned the possibility of a total tennis wipeout for the rest of the season but may also have put an end to the Grand Slam title chase for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Simon Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means at least she will be referred to as reigning Wimbledon champion for two years.
World number two Simona Halep announced Sunday that she will not compete in the Palermo WTA event, which will mark the season's resumption after a five-month coronavirus suspension.
Having beaten long-time rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Cape Town in February, in front of a record crowd of 52,000, Federer has not played since knee surgery at the end of that month.
This week was scheduled to be the second week of Wimbledon, where Federer has won a record eight men's singles titles, but the tournament was cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Federer, whose last Grand Slam win was the 2018 Australian Open, said he "experienced a setback during (his) initial rehabilitation."
The US Open is scheduled to start at Flushing Meadows on Aug.31. Irina Khromacheva of Russia will replace Halep in the main draw, according to the United States Tennis Association.
Iga Swiatek heads into the French Open trying to become the first player since Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2016 to successfully defend a women’s Grand Slam singles title, with injuries and poor clay form clouding the hopes of several of her chief rivals.
Roger Federer said on Sunday that he was withdrawing from the French Open despite having reached the fourth round, opting to focus on his primary objective of winning a ninth Wimbledon title.
Serious questions were being asked of Wimbledon’s fabled grass courts on Wednesday Serena Williams’s tearful, tournament-ending injury with Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios branding them “a joke”. Williams, the seven-time