Corona stops playing: GUY ADAMS reminds us of what we will miss at Wimbledon

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Previously, only two world wars had managed to knock down the shutters of the oldest and most elegant tennis tournament on the planet.

But yesterday, the All England Club confirmed that the Wimbledon competition in 2020 had become the latest sports victim of the coronavirus.

While thousands of officials, stewards, boys and girls of the ball – not to mention the world tennis establishment – are now wondering how the hell they are going to spend the summer, think of the celebrities who will not be able to show up the nation’s salons through their coveted central court television seats.

GUY ADAMS has the story of what we will all miss …

Stars in the Royal Box

The crazy cut of actors, pop stars, politicians and toffs that mark an invitation to the Royal Box speaks volumes about the whims of modern Britain.

Last year, their motley number included actor Cheers Woody Harrelson, who started to get drunk roaring; “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams; actor Benedict Cumberbatch in a bright blue suit – and the Duchess of Sussex who apparently flouted the strict dress code by wearing jeans.

In recent years, the crowd has included Bonds Daniel Craig and Sean Connery, Jude Law and the fearsome fashionista Anna ‘Nuclear’ Wintour. Quite the dinner they understand.

As a rule, barely a day of the championships goes by without at least one member of the Middleton clan being spotted in what amounts to its natural habitat: the fragrant mom Carole in casual effortless summer clothes, or her temperamental brother Gary Goldsmith. Pippa and Carole Middleton are pictured above

As a rule, barely a day of the championships goes by without at least one member of the Middleton clan being spotted in what amounts to its natural habitat: the fragrant mom Carole in casual effortless summer clothes, or her temperamental brother Gary Goldsmith. Pippa and Carole Middleton are pictured above

The crazy cut of actors, pop stars, politicians and toffs that mark an invitation to the Royal Box speaks volumes about the whims of modern Britain. Last year, their motley number included actor Cheers Woody Harrelson, who started getting drunk.

The crazy cut of actors, pop stars, politicians and toffs that mark an invitation to the Royal Box speaks volumes about the whims of modern Britain. Last year, their mixed number included actor Cheers Woody Harrelson, who started to get drunk.

Heroes easy to watch

At least some of the most interesting actions at Wimbledon happen on the field rather than in the stands.

Male players even felt compelled to take off their tops - especially the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal

Male players even felt compelled to take off their tops – especially Spaniard Rafael Nadal

Yes, there is world class tennis; but the heat of the British summer often has other unintended consequences.

The male players even felt compelled to take off their tops – especially the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal.

Several speakers have even appeared over the years – including the men’s finals in 1996 when a naked woman received loud thunderous applause and the BBC commentator said, “Well, there is a nice view!” (It was before #MeToo.)

Most recently, Judy Murray spoke on behalf of many female tennis fans of her generation during her lyrical lyrics on the Spanish track Feliciano (“Deliciano”) Lopez.

Meanwhile, many young female fans will be sad this year not to have a glimpse of the Greek Gregian Stefanos Tsitsipas.

A significant number of men of course mourn the recent retirement of Maria Sharapova, but the easy-to-watch Eastern Europeans are not lacking during the WTA tour, as well as the Italian bomb Camila Giorgi and the Canadian media star social workers Eugenie Bouchard.

Several speakers have even appeared over the years - including the men's finals in 1996 when a naked woman received loud thunderous applause and the BBC commentator said,

Several speakers have even appeared over the years – including the men’s finals in 1996 when a naked woman received loud thunderous applause and the BBC commentator said, “Well, there is a nice view!” (It was before #MeToo.)

Worry about rain

Three of the most depressing words in the English language are “rain stops play”.

Thanks to the new roofs of Center and Number One courts, thunderstorms in SW19 can still kill the atmosphere faster than a turn by Cliff Richard. He is pictured at Wimbledon in 1996

Thanks to the new roofs of Center and Number One courts, thunderstorms in SW19 can still kill the atmosphere faster than a Cliff Richard turn. He is pictured at Wimbledon in 1996

And while things are not as bad as they used to be, thanks to the new roofs of Center and Number One courts, thunderstorms in SW19 can still kill the atmosphere faster than a turn by Cliff Richard.

Follow the Middletons

Literary prodigy Pippa Middleton once wrote that visitors should get to Wimbledon “on foot or by taxi” and avoid making plans for the evening because “there is nothing worse than leaving athletics.” by Rafael Nadal for a routine pizza with friends ”.

As a rule, barely a day of the championships goes by without at least one member of the Middleton clan being spotted in what amounts to its natural habitat: the fragrant mom Carole in casual effortless summer clothes, or her temperamental brother Gary Goldsmith.

The queen bee of this fashion show is, of course, Kate, the official patron of the All England Club.

Last year her duties were to spend an entire afternoon sitting next to sister-in-law Meghan as they pretended to love each other.

The queen bee of this fashion show is, of course, Kate, the official patron of the All England Club. Last year, her duties were to spend an entire afternoon sitting next to sister-in-law Meghan, as they pretended to love each other.

The queen bee of this fashion show is, of course, Kate, the official patron of the All England Club. Last year her duties were to spend an entire afternoon sitting next to sister-in-law Meghan, as they pretended to love each other.

Three of the most depressing words in the English language are

Three of the most depressing words in the English language are “rain stops play”. Balloon boys are pictured peeling off the rain blankets in 2015

Federer’s last tilt to a Grand Slam title

At 38, Roger Federer was losing time before Wimbledon was even canceled this year.

However, last summer, the Swiss star managed to win his 21st Grand Slam twice in an epic five-set final against Novak Djokovic. This year, his entire program had been built around another tilt at Wimbledon, followed by what will almost certainly be his last Olympics in Tokyo.

However, both events will now take place in 2021, so if its shape will be up to the task, no one can guess.

Frustrating, Serena, 38, has advanced to four major finals in the past two years, but has each lost in consecutive playoffs, including Wimbledon 2018 and 2019

Frustrating, Serena, 38, has advanced to four major finals in the past two years, but has each lost in consecutive playoffs, including Wimbledon 2018 and 2019

… And perhaps also that of Serena

The goat’ [Greatest Of All Time] of the women’s game also tried to win another Grand Slam, tying the record for 24 titles.

Frustrating, Serena, 38, has advanced to four major finals in the past two years, but has each lost in consecutive series, including Wimbledon 2018 and 2019.

Epic anger and tantalizing fines

Computerized Hawk-Eye technology that determines whether a ball has landed or not means that players are no longer yelling at line judges as often as in the past.

But that doesn’t sometimes stop them from dramatically burning themselves.

Wimbledon had record penalties for bad behavior last year, with 15 players fined £ 85,000 in the first week alone.

The bad guys in the pantomime included Bernard “the engine of the chariot” Tomic, penalized £ 45,000 for lack of effort, and Serena Williams sent £ 8,000 for hitting his racket against the court.

The anger at the tournament, however, came from the always reliable Australian “bad boy” Nick Kyrgios, who called the referee “disgrace” and “joke” in his loss to Nadal.

Fans such as Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge (above) can float in summer dresses, but on the court, the All England Club is very demanding for a dress code

Fans such as Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge (above) can float in summer dresses, but on the court, the All England Club is very demanding for a dress code

Dress code that forced the change of bra!

Fans such as Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge can float in summer dresses, but on the court, the All England Club is very demanding for a dress code.

Players are prohibited from wearing shirts and shorts that are not nearly entirely white (even the cream is verboten) and the rules even extend to underwear.

Most players, like teenage superstar Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, are right, but his American partner Venus Williams was once forced to change his bra during the match because pink suspenders were visible under his top.

When Anna Kournikova was asked to remove the offending black shorts in 2002, she was forced to wear the white baggy shorts of her male coach for the rest of the match.

Boys’ official uniforms and boys’ and girls’ balls are designed by Ralph Lauren.

We can practice our queue. . .

The British are undisputed world champions in the queue, and Wimbledon is the place where we have perfected the art of standing still in an orderly and largely cheerful manner. This summer, we’ll just have to line up in supermarkets.

The Dunblane native and two-time Wimbledon winner now has an additional year to repair his hip / pelvis / anything creaking - and the eddies in the crowd will have to wait to cry:

The Dunblane native and two-time Wimbledon winner now has an additional year to repair his hip / pelvis / anything creaking – and the eddies in the crowd will have to wait to cry: “Come on, Tim!” “

. . . before hopes are shattered!

In normal years, at least one extremely successful British qualifier will pass a few laps before suffering a humiliating defeat.

The best performer par excellence in recent years was Marcus Willis, the number 772 in the podgy world, who found himself facing Roger Federer on center court in 2016.

He lost the first set 6-0 and things have barely improved.

Another Andy Murray Return

The main exception to the above (with honorable mentions for Jo Konta and Heather Watson) has spent the past 18 months locked up in his Surrey mansion massaged by physios in the pool.

The Dunblane native and two-time Wimbledon winner now has an additional year to repair his hip / pelvis / anything creaking – and the eddies in the crowd will have to wait to cry: “Come on, Tim!” “

The main exception to the above (with honorable mentions for Jo Konta and Heather Watson) has spent the past 18 months locked up in his Surrey mansion massaged by physios in the pool

The main exception to the above (with honorable mentions for Jo Konta and Heather Watson) has spent the past 18 months locked up in his Surrey mansion massaged by physios in the pool

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