Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The new look Wimbledon Centre Court



In 2006 I had a pair of tickets for Centre Court for the opening day at Wimbledon. As you can imagine I was looking forward to it for weeks, and the anticipation was heightened when we read the Order of Play over the weekend (Fed; home favourite Henman, among others).

Unfortunately, when we woke up that morning it was pouring with rain. It brightened up during the course of the morning, before chucking it down again. And so it went on for the whole day. Rain, no rain (but courts still damp so no play), and then rain again. Repeat for 8 hours. A hugely depressing day during which we saw NO TENNIS!!

In a way we were among the lucky ones. We also had tickets for ladies semi finals the following week. The weather wasn't great that day either but we got a full day's play (Justine v Kim in an all Belgium semi; Sharapova v Mauresmo, and then Bob Bryan and Venus Williams in mixed doubles on one of the outer courts) and it was Wimbledon at it's best.

So as someone who has seen the best and the worst and been burnt by the weather I'm all in favour of the new centre court roof. If you want to take a look here's a short film from the BBC

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tennischick said...

that's one beautiful court. the ceiling seems a bit low but i'm not sure if it's the angle of the shot. thanks for posting.

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Tennis online said...

Looks great! We need more rainy tennis days now )

Tennis Betting said...

No more delays or rescheduling of matches. Tennis court looks good.

Dave from Tennis DVDs said...

Now all we need is a roof on the main court at the US Open.

Graham said...

Looking forward to seeing it in person this year.

squash racquet said...

The stadium is incredible majestic.

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Will said...

Love your blog! One of the great things about Wimbledon is that they always keep on top of the tennis court cleaning required.