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SBD Global/March 25, 2013/Facilities
Wimbledon Set To Unveil Plans For Roof On Court No. 1 In New Redevelopment Plan
Published March 25, 2013
TV IN MIND: In London, Chris Jones reported All England Lawn Tennis Club Chair Philip Brook said a roof on Court One is, "a desirable thing to have if it rains as it gives a second court to broadcast from and a second group of happy customers." TV deals -- a key part of generating around £30M ($45.7M) profit from Wimbledon each year -- "require guaranteed live action." Centre Court has provided this, but "creates problems with one section of the draw able to play while players scheduled on other show courts are still hit by rain interruptions." Giving No. 1 Court a retractable roof "would double the available court time and satisfy the demands" of TV execs (EVENING STANDARD, 3/22).