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Wimbledon Considering Installing Centre Court 'Champion's Gate' For Victory Celebrations

Andy Murray climbs atop a roof to reach his family after winning Wimbledon last year.
Wimbledon is "trying to take the challenge out of the spontaneous Centre Court victory celebration by installing a gate to deter winners from scaling a roof to reach their loved ones," according to Sheridan & Sanderson of the LONDON TIMES. The All England Club has devised a "champion's gate," which it hopes will "encourage this year's singles champions to walk to the players' enclosure rather than clambering over the roof of the commentary box." The All England Club said that there were "safety concerns about the 'little old roof,'" adding that the gate was "just to make it easier for them." Andy Murray's mother, Judy, said that "she had been worried about her son's safety while he was on the roof after his historic singles victory last year." She said, "I was more concerned that he was going to fall through the flimsy roof he was standing on." Wimbledon spectators on Thursday criticized the All England Club's approach. On social media websites the installation was dubbed "Killjoygate," "Jobsworthgate" and the "Health-and-safety gets-out-of-handgate" (LONDON TIMES, 6/27).
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