At last a sliding roof for
but it's going to take another 2 years
This is a computer
enhanced picture released by the
All England Club at Wimbledon, it shows the
proposed retractable roof for the world famous
Photo with thanks and courtesy of Associated
LONDON (AP) - As synonymous with Wimbledon as strawberries
and cream, rain delays on Centre Court will soon
be a tradition consigned to the past.
Finally, after years of dithering, the All England
Club announced Tuesday that it plans to build a
retractable roof. Players and spectators still will
have to endure rain delays for several more years
The club still needs to get planning permission,
work will not start for two years, and the roof
will not be in place until 2009.
It is the second recent departure from tradition
at Wimbledon: Last year, the All England Club abandoned
the custom of players curtsying or bowing to the
But the planned roof is generally considered a good
Covering Centre Court probably will not help the
tournament as a whole, because 19 other courts will
remain uncovered. There are 650 matches played during
the two weeks of tennis
But it will give the tournament's 1.8 billion viewers
worldwide something to watch other than water pooling
on green tarps covering courts."When it does
rain, it's very frustrating for everyone,"
All England Club chairman Tim Phillips said.
"We have been mindful of this issue for a number
of years, but we are very confident the unique Centre
Court atmosphere will be maintained with the roof."Rain
has always been an obsession at Wimbledon - the
official statistics book even has a year-by-year
summary of the weather during the tournament, dating
Since then, Wimbledon has been extended 15 times
because of rain, most recently in 2001, when Goran
Ivanisevic beat Pat Rafter in the men's final on
a Monday. Six tournaments have been unaffected by
rain . Since 1877, rain has completely washed out
30 days of action.
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Wimbledon's weather opening day could be a re-run
of 26th June 2006, then the forecast was for a grey,
dull start with showery outbreaks of rain, these
becoming heavy, perhaps thundery at times. Cool,
gentle northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 17
deg C (63 deg F). In fact we had only 44 minutes
of play, for the 25th of June 2007 the forecast
is not much better, often cloudy, rain or showers,
some heavy. Showers merging to longer spells of
rain later. Maximum temperature 18°C. The remaining
week outlook is for cool weather with sunny spells
and heavy showers. Temperatures should recover next
The Dunblane (Scotland) born Andy
Murray currently ranked eighth in the world
and British number one tennis player has been forced
to pull out of Wimbledon after failing to recover
fully from a wrist injury he suffered recently.
Murray said: "I have done everything possible
to get ready for Wimbledon. I have played practice
sets the last few days but still cannot hit a topspin
forehand properly. It has been six weeks of really
hard work but I'm not 100% ready"'.
American Kevin Kim will replace Murray at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer, could
emulate Bjorn Borg by winning five straight Wimbledon
titles, the champion will open his defense against
Teimuraz Gabashvili, 85th-ranked Russian.
Roger has dominated this tournament the last four
years beating Nadal in last year's final, 6-0, 7-6,
6-7, 6-3, and easily defeated hard-hitting American
Andy Roddick in 2005 and 2004 and his first Wimbledon
final victory came against Mark Philippoussis in
"The only thing that can stop Roger is if
he is sick,'' former French Open runner-up Henri
Leconte said in an interview two days ago. ``If
Roger's not injured, he will win.''
The Wimbledon Championships will finally offer
women and men equal prize
money for the first time at this years
tournament. The announcement by the All England
Club brings it into line with other Grand Slams
after criticism from officials and players. The
total prize money for this year's championships
is £11,282,710 , a massive increase of 8.70%
on last year £10,378,710. No tournament paid
higher prize money than Wimbledon in 2005 , 2006
and so far 2007. 11,282,710 British pounds are approximately
equal to 22,564,000 US Dollars.
Past years comments:
tennis players are getting as many sponsors and
media coverage as the men, and I understand that
our TV ratings at the Grand Slams are pretty much
equal to and often better than the men so I don't
understand the rationale for paying the men more
Billie Jean King "Wimbledon
needs to join the modern world on this issue.
Venus Williams "Wimbledon
needs to do the right thing and finally pay the
women the same as the men."
Centre Court and Court 1 is introducing
challenge system, allowing for electronic
reviews of close calls. The "Hawk-Eye"
system made its Grand Slam debut at the
U.S in 2006, and the Australian Open followed
'When a player questions a call, screens
show a graphic rendering of the ball's flight,
in slow motion, with a black spot indicating
where the ball landed. That spot either
touches a white line (the ball was in) or
it doesn't (the ball was out)'.
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Williams has lost in the quarter-finals at
Roland Garros but she is confident to defend her
"During the last six weeks, I had a lot of
challenges physically that I was able to overcome
just to be here today," "I'm proud of
that. I just want to get stronger and get better."
Serena will no doubt work to strenghten her volleys
and her backhand.
Rafael Nadal says
he has overcome the shoulder injury which forced
him out of the Stella Artois Championships and is
fit for Wimbledon.
"I need to take it one game at a time. My only
objective is to improve my play on a surface I find
difficult, and I don't expect to go far," Nadal
added.myself to be able to win there in the future.
"I don't think I will leave as champion this
year but we will see what happens." (Cheer
Pulling out of Wimbledon - Twice Wimbledon
champion Serena Williams
(knee), Lindsay Davenport (back), Taylor Dent (back),
Carlos Moya (shoulder), Mary Pierce (foot) and Jose
Acasuso (reason unknown).
Martina Hingis will be
returning to Wimbledon for the first time in five
Roger Federer is 1/2
favourite to win Wimbledon with William Hill who
also offer 10/1 Hewitt; 12 Ancic; Roddick; 16 Blake;
Nadal; 20 Nalbandian; 25 Henman; 50 Murray; Safin;
100 Agassi; 150 Rusedski.
Maria Sharapova is
2/1 favourite to win the Ladies title with Hills
who also offer 5/1 Clijsters; 11/2 Henin-Hardenne;
13/2 Venus Williams; 7 Mauresmo; 8 Vaidisova; 10
Hingis; 14 Kuznetsova
Australia's Mark Philippoussis
176th world ranking, secured a late wildcard entry
"You got to earn your wildcards and I've been
very fortunate to have a lot and I know that. For
me, I just need to play matches. I just want to
concentrate on this tournament and take it a match
at a time."
Men's wild cards - Romania's Andrei Pavel and six
British players Jamie Baker, Richard Bloomfield,
Alex Bogdanovic, Jamie Delgado, Martin Lee, and
Women's wild cards - Australia's Alicia Molik, Belarus'
Victoria Azarenka, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska
and five British players: Sarah Borwell, Naomi Cavaday,
Anne Keothavong, Katie O'Brien and Melanie South.
Jelena Dokic, a semifinalist
at Wimbledon in 2000, was given a wild-card entry
into the women's qualifying event.
All change at Wimbledon 2006, umpires, ball boys
and ball girls will be kitted out with the new
navy blue and cream uniform carrying the
logo of American fashion company Polo Ralph Lauren.
"This look matches tradition with style. It
captures the essence of Wimbledon. The fact that
it is designed by an American company is neither
here nor there. We are a global event," - Ian
Ritchie chief executive of the All England Club.
"It makes sense that the manufacturers' logo
is on the shirts. Its size is within the limits
set for the players." David Lauren, the designer's
son, said the collection was "very Wimbledon,
yet very Ralph Lauren".
The BBC will offer
a sophisticated red-button interactive TV service
to accompany its coverage of the Wimbledon tennis
By pressing the red button, digital satellite and
digital cable viewers will be able to access live
coverage from up to four different courts, as well
as the live broadcast on BBC One or BBC Two: each
feed will feature live commentary and a regularly
updated scoreboard. Viewers will be able to switch
between the service's five video feeds by using
the "up" and "down" keys on
their remote. By pressing the blue button, they
will be able to access a menu that will present
them with the following options: News (all the latest
news from the championships), Scores (live updated
scores from all the courts),and Results (live updated
Suzelle Davin will
become the first Namibian female tennis player to
compete at Junior Wimbledon
Davin qualified after she worked her way up the
International Tennis Federations (ITF) rankings.
She is ranked 108 in the world under the junior
female category and only the players above the 200
mark are considered for the tournament.
A total of 64 junior players will compete at the
She will also be the only African player in the
female junior category at the event, which is expected
to end in July.
Namibia's top male player Jurgens Strydom represented
Namibia at the same event last year, also the first
time for junior men.
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Mr Andre Agassi, (35
years old) has pulled out of the Wimbledon 2005
championships because of injury. Mr Agassi also
pulled out of Wimbledon 2004 because a hip problem.
Agassi said that it was a regrettable decision and
he would miss playing in the tournament.
"Andre Agassi regrets he will have to withdraw from
the gentlemen's singles due to injury".
Mr Agassi said in a fax that it is a regrettable
decision and he will miss playing in the most prestigious
tournament in the world." The exact nature of his
injury remains undisclosed.
Wimbledon has increased
its 2005 Championships pool by a total of 3.9 per
cent from last year to £10,085,510 pounds (just
over 19 million $US) .
Men's singles champion £630,000 (2004 - £602,500),women's
singles champion £600,000 (2004 - £560,500). The
gap between men and women is again reduced, "We
are delighted to recognise the current stature of
the women's game" Chairman Tim Phillips commented.
2004 U.S. Open - $17.75 million (before bonuses
from hardcourt season) £9.3 million
2004 French Open - 13.26 million euros ($17.30 million,
2005 Australian Open - 19.1 million australian $
($14.90 million, £7.78 million).
Tim Henman will be
31 this summer, the British champ has no plans to
ritire, the Wimbledon dream is still one of Tim's
"There's no reason why I can't play on for another
three or four more years," Henman said. "Look at
the way Agassi's been playing. He's changed people's
thinking about the age you're meant to be stopping
in tennis and he may just have had his 35th birthday."
Mr Henman has a large number of devoted fans, we
have seen them camping and in the queues outside
SW19 year after year, 2005 will no doubt be any
different. Good Luck Tim.
Ana Ivanovic - At
just seventeen is showing great potential, last
year the Serbian n3 seed reached the Wimbledon junior's
final. (Katerina Bondarenko (UKR) def. Ana Ivanovic
(SCG) 6-4 6-7(2) 6-2).
Since then Ana has progressed to win over US Open
holder Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova at
the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami.
In 2004 Miss Ivanovic took Venus Williams to two
tie-break sets at the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich,
and won 30 of her matches on the lower ITF Tour.
We predict Ivanovic should eventually enter the
top 50 ranking by the end of 2005.
was critical of Wimbledon and its unequal prize
money share between gentlemen and ladies winners.
To date there are only three major tournaments where
the prize money is the same for both of the sexes,
namely the US, Australian and Dubai Open.
“I think it is highly insulting if prize money is
taken away. And somebody, said they won't have money
for flowers at Wimbledon. That's insulting.” “People
believe what they believe. You hear about women
playing only three sets while men play five.
And the best women are never going
to beat the best men. But it's a different game you
go to watch with the women it doesn't make
it better or worse. Lindsay commented. Well,
this is an argument that will not end at this year
championship, prizes difference are likely to hover
within the same ranges of the previous years.
Officials from the International Olympic Committee
commission visited Wimbledon for the evaluation
of London 2012 Olympic bid.
All England Club chief executive Mr Chris Gorringe
comment about hosting the Olympic tennis event soon
after the championship was inequivocal "We
are confident that it won't be a problem ."I
think it's going to be fantastic. We will be delighted
to have the games here in 2012."
The 2012 Olympic events are scheduled for August,
Wimbledon will no doubt be the perfect venue for
hosting the tennis games.
Maria Sharapova beat
Lindsay Davenport 6-1 3-6 7-6 to win the Pan Pacific
Open in Tokyo . Wimbledon champ Maria was in peak
form proudly adding the eighth career title to date
and getting a nudge closer to the become the world
"Being number one is not for this year, I don't
think " Maria told Reuters , " For this
year, I would love to defend Wimbledon. It's what
Last year Maria , just turned 17, took Wimbledon
by storm and surprise by defeating Serena Williams,
however , ace Serena did get her 'sweet' revenge
at the 2005 Australian Open semi-finals by defeating
Miss Sharapova after a very close match ( 2-6
7-5 8-6 ) .
Marat Safin will be
coming to Wimbledon 2005 . After a bitter early
exit last year, Mr Safin stated his unwillingness
to play the championship for the forseable future.
The Australian Open triumph seemed to have reinstated
the ace confidence in SW19.
"I will play, but not with so many expectations,"
said Safin , "People interpret what I said
at Wimbledon, they took it to such extreme way.
For one day I was so famous because I said something
which has nothing to do with the tournament, has
nothing to do with anything around the tournament.
Just I said my opinion that I don't like the surface,
I cannot play on that surface, and I feel like I
can't waste my time, my energy on that surface.
"It's my opinion. I didn't say anything wrong.
I didn't say anything bad about Wimbledon. But just
I am feeling that it is not my surface. Some people
cannot play on clay. Some people, cannot play on
It's more psychological, of course.
But even though I had a good result one year I don't
feel comfortable on that surface. That's it."
So you are coming - We are looking
forward to see Marat fighting out at Centre Court
, maybe with a little nervous grin , Hewitt and
Federer, are also pondering and contemplating the
prospect of a Safin challenge.
Roger Federer collection
of throphies continues relentess. No doubt Wimbledon
remains one of his top priorities in 2005.
Last year, Federer put together the best season
since Mats Wilander in 1988 by winning the Australian
Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. "Wimbledon
last year was the first time I came back as a defending
champion," he said. "I did well . We do
agree Roger, it certainely kept us on the edge of
our seats .
Andy Roddick has no
doubt noted how Roger Federer, the only player ahead
of him on the world rankings, is already back to
his winning ways for 2005, Roddick commented :
The way he finished last year and started
this year, hes playing the best in the world
Wimbledon 2004 - Hand
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The absence of world No1 Justine
Henin-Hardenne and Kim
Clijsters from Wimbledon this month will
leave a gaping hole in the women's draw for a fourth
successive Grand Slam.
Ever since Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus
to lift the All England Club crown last July, the
four majors have failed to showcase the top women's
The Williams sisters were sorely missed at last
year's US Open after both were forced out of action
More' bad news' , another top player has announced
that will not be coming to Wimbleodn .
Andre Agassi pulled out of Wimbledon on Tuesday,
citing a hip injury, and leaving the tournament
without one of the world's most popular players.
Agassi winner of eight Grand Slam titles, including
Wimbledon in 1992 has been in a slump.
He's lost his opening match at each of his past
three tournaments. "I have been struggling with
a hip injury for the past couple of months, and
in my preparation for Wimbledon realized the injury
was only worsened " Andre said it with a 'give me
sympathy man' face.
Three times former Wimbledon champion Boris
Becker has dismissed Tim
Henman’s chances in this year’s tournament
“He’s not number one player in the world but he
plays above his level every year when Wimbledon
Becker said Henman, who got to the semi-finals of
the French Open on clay less than two weeks ago,
would get as far as the semi-finals on the Wimbledon
grass – his preferred surface – only on his “very,
very best day.”
Becker wowed the Wimbledon crowds as a fresh-faced
teenager and went on to win the title a total of
three times, coming runner-up four times and being
the tournament’s youngest winner at 17 years old.
(final 1985 , Boris Becker, unseeded defeated Kevin
Curren 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 )
Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne
has withdrawn from the Wimbledon Tennis Championships
because of a viral infection.
"I am sad and disappointed to announce that I will
not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year,"
Henin-Hardenne said in a statement Tuesday.
"My physicians have given me strict orders that
several more weeks of rest are necessary to ensure
a full recovery."
Kim Clijsters, the
world's No.2 rank, withdrew from Wimbledon because
of a wrist injury.
Former world No. 1 Gustavo
Kuerten has pulled out of Wimbledon 2004,
citing a nagging hip injury. "Guga" will skip the
prestigious event for the third time in four years.
The three-time French Open champion Kuerten was
a second-round loser at Wimbledon 2003, marking
his first appearance there in three years. He's
a pedestrian 7-5 all-time at the All England Club,
including his lone quarterfinal appearance in 1999.
The 27-year-old Brazilian star was a French Open
quarterfinalist last week on his beloved red clay.
Argentine Mariano Zabaleta,
France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, Finn Jarkko Nieminen
and Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui also announced
their plans to skip Wimbledon 2004
Martina Navratilova has
not ruled out the possibility of returning to play
in the singles at Wimbledon this year.
The 47-year-old holds the record for women's singles
titles, having won 167 events in her career and
Wimbledon nine times.
"I am taking it one tournament at a time, but it
certainly is a possibility," she said in a press
conference after her second-round doubles defeat
at the Rome Masters, transmitted on BBC Radio Five
"We will just see what happens, how I feel, how
I do and take it from there. "If I think it can
help my doubles, then I will play. I think it will
hinder the doubles, then I won't play.
"Just practising for singles helps my doubles,"
she said. "I want to get more match play.
Martina , nine times Wimbledon Champion
a young 47 years old
: Martina Navratilova, was given a wilcard and
could be playing singles at this year's championship
for the first time in 10 years . The body is
not working as well as it used to, admitted
Martina, . We really hope she finally decide to partecipate,
This is one way to do it." She added: "I would
have played here (in the singles in Rome) actually,
but I didn't have time to prepare properly.
"I had too many commitments in the States in my
two weeks off between the Fed Cup and coming here,
so I didn't have enough time to play. "If I had
a week where I could have practised and prepared
I would have played singles here, but I didn't."
The 47-year-old revealed she would prepare for the
French Open in Europe, but would not be drawn on
where. "I want to keep it quiet. I'll be practising
on clay in Europe," she said. "Not that it's a big
secret, but there's no need for anyone to know where
I will be next week."
The Prague-born American last played singles at
the French Open in 1994, losing in the first round.
Her last Grand Slam singles match came later that
year at Wimbledon, then beaten by Conchita Martinez
in the final.
Kim Clijsters is aiming
to be fully fit for the Wimbledon championships
in June. The Belgian was sidelined for six weeks
with an injured left wrist, but recently returned
to competitive tennis, steering Belgium to a 3-2
win in their Fed Cup tie with Croatia.
"The focus is on Wimbledon. That's where I
believe I will be able to play my best tennis,"
Clijsters told BBC Sport.Clijsters played with a
brace on her wrist during the tie.
"I'll play the French and we will see what
I can do but I'll play with the brace and that will
definitely be restricting me," she said.
- UPDATE : withdrawn
LONDON (Reuters & AP) - Women
still awarded less than men at Wimbledon 2004.
This year's Wimbledon men's champion will receive
602,500 pounds (US$1,077,089) after organizers announced
Tuesday a 4.8 percent increase in the singles prize
money for the 2004 championships.
The relative difference between men's and women's
prizes has not changed, however, despite requests
from the women's tour.
The women's champion will receive 560,500 pounds
(US$1,002,174), up from 535,000 (US956,420) last
Last year's men's winner Roger Federer pocketed
575,000 (US$ 1,002,006) pounds.
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Tim Phillips, chairman of the tournament, said the
WTA had urged Wimbledon to close the gap. The Australian
and U.S. Open championships pay men and women equally,
though at the French Open the men still get more.
But Tim Phillips, chairman of the club and the championships,
said: "Both singles champions winners will receive
in excess of a million dollars on the basis of the
current monetary exchange rate.
"I was at a meeting in Los Angeles earlier this
year where I gave the WTA (Women's Tennis Association)
a presentation on why we do what we do with prize
money and they gave their perspective at a dinner
here in London some time later. "But we have not
been persuaded. We are just trying to be fair to
men and women. Don't forget, the ladies' prize pot
is over four-and-a-half million dollars.
"Our aim is to make Wimbledon better and better
every year - for all the key people involved, players
The men's singles prize money will total 3,296,810
pounds, up 4.8% than last year, while as much as
2,825,630 will go to women's singles, also 4,8%
more than last year.
The total prize money for the championships will
stand at 9,707,280 pounds, a 3.6% increase than
LONDON (AP) - Andre Agassi
lost a British tax case in a ruling that could have
implications for other Tennis players.Agassi must
pay British tax on income earned from endorsements,
even if the companies aren't based in Britain,
the High Court ruled.Anyone who competes or performs
in Britain has a liability to pay tax, the court
said. Athletes already pay tax on prize money but
now must also pay up on earnings they receive from
endorsements while they are in the country.Although
Wimbledon attract the biggest names in tennis,some
stars already don't make the trip.
If playing at Wimbledon means handing over money
to the Inland Revenue, (UK equivalent of IRS) more
could decide to stay away.Richard Baldwin, tax partner
in the Deloitte Sport Group, said most tax authorities
have a system where, if sports stars have to pay
tax in another country, they receive a tax credit
This High Court ruling makes the British tax law
enforceable and in line with other countries, he
Tim Henman has said
that he never believed Greg
Rusedski was guilty of doping after his fellow
Briton was exonerated by the Association of Tennis
Professionals ( ATP )
Henman told the Telegraph was saying that Rusedski
has "been around too long to think he could
get away with deliberately taking banned substances
. I said all along I don't think he's the type of
person who would take something because he's been
around the game for such a long time, he knows you're
not going to get away with something like that with
the drug testing programme already in place".
Rusedsky can now get on with his life and
"I'm glad that he's been able to prove his
innocence. The last six months must have been horrific
"You wouldn't wish that on your worst enemy.
To be able to put this behind him must be such a
Rusedski was informed the ATP on Tuesday , and the
sport's governing body released a statement on Wednesday.
"The player is exonerated
of the finding by the Review Board that he committed
a doping offence under Section C1.a of the Rules
of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, there being
no evidence supporting such a finding," ATP
"The tribunal held, unanimously and unequivocally,
that Mr Rusedski was not guilty of a doping offence."
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