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Wimbledon finally gets a roof

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Wimbledon's Centre Court will be covered by a retractable roof under plans unveiled by the All England Club on Tuesday. After years of rejecting the idea, organisers of the grand slam finally agreed it was necessary to shield the most famous venue in tennis from London's rain to satisfy the demands of television.

After years of rejecting the idea, the club's management committee finally agreed it was necessary to shield the most famous venue in tennis from London's rain to satisfy the demands of television.

Construction on Centre Court is expected to begin in 2006 and a transluscent roof should be in place for the 2009 championships after a redevelopment plan which will also increase the show court's capacity to 15,000 from 13,800.

"It (Centre Court) is the jewel in our crown and what we are trying to do is to make it more precious than it already is," club chairman Tim Phillips told a news conference.

"Over the years we have been concerned about what having a roof would do to the playing surface.

"What we wanted was for a roof to close in 10 minutes and also to maintain the conditions for the players, spectators and playing surface. We believe we have now found that."

The redevelopment will be funded from the money the club receives from its debenture holders but officials declined to disclose the cost of the project.

Rain has completely washed out play on five days since 1991. During the 2003 championships, players were repeatedly forced to retreat to the locker rooms after showers halted play during the second week.

With fans frustrated at the delays and broadcasters left to delve into their archives to fill in precious television airtime, organisers of the 126-year-old tournament decided to follow the lead of the Australian Open.

The Melbourne Park event, which gets underway on January 19, is the only one of the four grand slam tournaments which uses a retractable roof.

The Club's committee hired a team of designers who were responsible for building the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and are currently in charge of rebuilding London's Wembley Stadium.

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GOOD!!It's about freaking time....
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Thats great, about time too!
Now we can always watch centre court matches on tv, no matter what the weather is!
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Good!
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Hell really has frozen over.


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Henman will be retired then so
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Another 6 years before it is expected to be ready
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I actually liked seeing Tim's matches over and over and over again

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it wont affect me too much as i'm down there for most of the two weeks.
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I just the hope the construction of the roof is better than British rail services, actually the cost of the roof would be cheaper.

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I think the US OPEN should copy them....
This is a good idea, so naturally it takes this long for them to figure
it out...
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finally!!! they should have done it years ago...
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I think the US OPEN should copy them....
This is a good idea, so naturally it takes this long for them to figure
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Yeah, the US Open needs to put a lid on it, too.

But seriously, I always thought it was odd that tennis at Wimbeldon was played outside without a tarp or cover of some sort, when you consider that England's weather is notoriously overcast and rainy.

What happened at the US Open this past year was freak weather. We rarely have monsoon rains like that on the east coast so late in summer.

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Re: Wimbledon finally gets a roof

The outcome@U.S. Open was very nice, though.
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