BREAK out the strawberries and cream – Wimbledon is here.
One of the great British sporting institutions is set to get underway at the All England Club, where the weather is always unpredictable.
Does Court One have a roof at Wimbledon?
WITH the British summer often failing to live up to expectations, rain should be expected.
And if you’re heading to Wimbledon this year, it might be wise to pack a brolly.
But in 2013, organisers of the tournament decided a retractable roof would be ideal for Court One, following on from the roof built on Centre in 2009.
Work on the retractable roof has been ongoing since 2017 and will debut at the 2019 Championships, with it officially unveiled at a celebratory event attended by legendary ex-players in June.
A roof will allow play to continue if there is a rain delay, preventing congestion in the calendar.
The current No1 Court was built in 1997 and has a capacity 12,345.
It’s total cost after the renovation is £70m.
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How long can play continue on main courts?
ONE of the great features of Wimbledon is games running late into the evening as players battle it out on the iconic SW19 courts.
Merton Council have installed a curfew to ensure local residents around Wimbledon don’t see too much disruption.
This is set at 11pm – so there could be a few marathon matches under the new roof on Court No1 this year.