Wimbledon raises the roof … whether they needed to or not

June 29, 2009


Like a man who comes back from the shops with a dirty big power tool and immediately decides the pictures need re-hanging, Wimbledon just couldn’t resist putting their expensive new toy to use … even if it wasn’t completely clear they needed it.

A little piece of sporting history was made on Monday as the new roof over Centre Court at Wimbledon was put in place for the first time in a match at the Championships.

Tournament referee Andy Jarrett took the decision to shut the roof while top seed Dinara Safina and former champion Amelie Mauresmo were contesting their match at the famous grasscourt championships and the two sections locked together at 1547 GMT.

It was, to be charitable, a bit drizzly but it certainly didn’t look like the rain would continue long. And sure enough, pretty much as soon as the roof went up, it stopped.

It’s always the way…

PHOTO: Officials stand on the grass as the roof is closed over Centre Court at the Wimbledon tennis championships, in London June 27, 2009. The roof was opened for the first time during an actual match on Monday, June 28. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh


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Maybe they could attach some water-hoses to the roof, so in the event that after the roof closes, they could just turn on the water and continue the drizzle.

It’s just not the ‘Wimbledon way’ without hearing ‘play suspended’ on centre court!

Posted by Hans Moman | Report as abusive

Hi hans. I agree. A new over-keen sprinkler system would do the trick nicely!

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