Tennis-Wimbledon-Roof closed for first time as rain arrives

Press Releasein Tennis

Wimbledon finally got to show off its new multi-million dollar Centre Court roof on Friday as weather threatened to disrupt play at the grasscourt championships.

Residents of the leafy south west London suburb flung open their curtains to the first sight of light rain after four days of uninterrupted tennis and glorious sunshine at the All England Club.

The roof was closed at 2000 GMT on Thursday night, the huge trusses and flexible fabric covering taking around eight minutes to close from the moment the switch was flicked.

"It was a measure to protect the grass from any rain and the roof was closed all night," a spokeswoman for the club said.

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