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SportWimbledon unveils No 1 court roof with star-studded ceremony

21:35  19 may  2019
21:35  19 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A first glimpse of the new No . 1 Court , to be completed in 2019, and featuring improved facilities for spectators, players and a retractable roof .

Wimbledon unveils No 1 court roof with star-studded ceremony © Getty The Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof

Some of tennis' greatest players went head to head under the new roof at No 1 Court in Wimbledon.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club unveiled the fully retractable roof on top of its second biggest court in a star-studded ceremony featuring the likes of Paloma Faith and players including Pat Cash, Jamie Murray and Venus Williams.

The roof was built on a budget of £70m and took three years to complete.

It will enable more matches to be played for longer if weather conditions turn during the club's Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament.

Wimbledon unveils No 1 court roof with star-studded ceremony © Getty (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The roof was needed for the opening ceremony as rainfall swept across SW19 on Sunday afternoon.

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The No . 1 Court is a tennis court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon , London. Opened in 1997, it is used for the Wimbledon Championships and is sometimes chosen for Great Britain Davis Cup home ties

Wimbledon is set to give the green light to a roof above Court No 1 as part of another substantial redevelopment of the All England Club. According to well-placed sources among the SW19 membership the move towards a roof is expected to be unveiled as early as next month, with priority

On Twitter the club joked: "It's a good thing we've got a second roof."

Jamie Murray teamed up with Goran Ivanisevic to take on Pat Cash and Lleyton Hewitt in an opening doubles match under the roof.

Venus Williams then played Kim Clijsters before Clijsters and John McEnroe joined up in mixed doubles, with Murray and Martina Navratilova as challengers.

Ivanisevic joked that he won Wimbledon because there was no roof, telling the BBC: "Now they call me to open the roof - great!"

Wimbledon unveils No 1 court roof with star-studded ceremony © Getty (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

The new roof takes about 10 minutes to close, and then the air conditioning needs another 20 minutes to acclimatise the arena for indoor play.

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The Championships, Wimbledon , commonly known simply as Wimbledon , is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is regarded by many as the most prestigious.

Wimbledon 's new multi-million pound Centre Court roof was called upon for the first time on Monday (29-06-2009) as light rain started to fall during a

Adding the roof has allowed the club to put about 1,000 extra seats in the court and replace the current seats with wider and better padded ones.

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