Wimbledon has been canceled.

  • The tennis world has lost the Wimbledon Championship this year as the tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Sports bettors of the game still have options for wagers through the creation of virtual tennis and the newly popularized Russian table tennis games.
  • Wimbledon has always been one of the top sporting events on sportsbooks for bets worldwide.

MIAMIWimbledon 2020 has officially been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Fans will not only miss out on the games but the bets that go with it. However, there are other options out there for gamblers that love betting on tennis matches.

Sportsbooks have become very creative with their wagers and events since losing professional sports due to COVID-19 and the loss of Wimbledon will be felt by these businesses, not just the world of tennis itself.

“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen,” said Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman.

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”

What Other Tennis Betting Is Out There?

The 134th famous tennis championship that was set to take place in the Summer of 2020 has now been rescheduled for June 28 – July 11, 2021. In the meantime, there are other options for betting on tennis for lovers of the game.

Sports betting operators have created virtual tennis games that are open for bets. These virtual games will be based on real tournaments that have been suspended because of COVID-19, creating a realistic feeling for interested fans.

Not only can sports bettors use these platforms to gamble on tennis while the actual tournaments have been canceled, but they can also wager on Russian table tennis that has recently spiked in popularity among sportsbooks.

For live legal sports betting, this ping pong category has become a bigger market for wagers during the quarantine.

“Basically, we’re looking anywhere in the world to put up something that can be decided in two hours, or a day,” said Nick Bogdanovich, U.S. director of trading for the bookmaking company William Hill.

While Wimbledon fans will miss watching the tournament this year, they are not without options for their betting needs. Virtual tennis and ping pong are their closest alternatives to still wager on a game that they love.

Futures bets for other major tournaments this year, such as the French Open, are also still available. Those hopeful that COVID-19 won’t cancel those matches, and that are confident in their favorite tennis players will return strong, can put action on those odds.

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