The summer of 2011 will see The All England Club celebrate its 125th Championships but in the meantime another big milestone has just passed. May 17 marked the first anniversary of the official opening of the Centre Court roof, that gloriously memorable Sunday afternoon when even the distinguished participants, Steffi Graf and her husband Andre Agassi, […]
Category Archives: Centre Court
5 June, 2009 – 8:18 am
Tennis players aside, who is the most famous person you have seen at Wimbledon? Apparently Angelina Jolie was a guest here a few years ago but I wasn’t working then so she must have been here for the tennis. Everyone will remember Gwen Stefani at last year’s men’s final, but do you remember how bored […]
18 May, 2009 – 4:26 pm
The All England Club today has launched Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s Crown a lavish coffee table book celebrating one of sport’s most historic and iconic venues. The book is available at the Wimbledon Online Shop (£25).
By David Bates |
17 May, 2009 – 6:53 pm
On a day which can only be described as a huge success for the All England Club, the new Centre Court roof received a huge vote of confidence from Tim Henman, Kim Clijsters, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf after their exhibition matches.
17 May, 2009 – 6:48 pm
First, strangely, the good news: it rained. When could such an event at Wimbledon ever be said to be good news? Answer: on the day the new Centre Court roof was unveiled in front of a capacity crowd and a worldwide television audience.
17 May, 2009 – 6:44 pm
It may have been billed as a fun event to mark the start of a new chapter for the All England Club, but one of today’s participants says that the Centre Court Celebration could just be the moment that changes her life.
17 May, 2009 – 4:30 pm
Sometimes, somebody, somewhere has a brilliant idea. It is not recorded whose masterstroke it was to invite Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf to be two of the four players chosen to play the exhibition Centre Court Celebration event under the new roof, but – whoever it was – give that person a gold star.
17 May, 2009 – 3:53 pm
Like everything that Wimbledon does it was, of course, a class act. The baptising of the Centre Court roof, perfectly organised and professionally presented by “a bunch of amateurs” as the All England Club tend to call themselves, had the lot. Star names to baptise the grass ahead of the 2009 Championships, a full house of […]
17 May, 2009 – 1:19 pm
As the clock ticked one minute past midday, eager tennis fans began flocking into the grounds of SW19 for the Centre Court Celebration and there was one name on everybody’s lips – Andre Agassi. The effervescent American’s popularity transcended the generations among the crowd with teenagers and pensioners reeling off his name as the player […]
16 May, 2009 – 5:16 pm
Andre Agassi is excited to be partnering wife Steffi for Sunday’s Centre Court Celebration. The 1992 Wimbledon champion revealed how he and his spouse jumped at the chance to play in the one-off event when they received the call last autumn. “This is an honour to be part of history here… [Wimbledon] meant a lot […]
16 May, 2009 – 3:22 pm
Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters has thanked Wimbledon for reigniting her passion to play and enticing her out of retirement. The Belgian, who retired in May 2007, said it was the call from the All England Club to play in Sunday’s Centre Court Celebration that stoked her competitive spirit. “I have to thank Wimbledon […]
15 May, 2009 – 2:45 pm
This Sunday (17 May) sees the first tennis matches played under Wimbledon’s new Centre Court roof at A Centre Court Celebration. Four legends, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters will be playing on the day in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000, while singing stars Katherine Jenkins, Faryl Smith and Blake […]
By David Bates | |
12 May, 2009 – 1:32 pm
This weekend the first tennis will be played on Centre Court at Wimbledon under a roof which means an end to a rain delay. This is bad news for umbrella makers but good news for fans and players. Here is a list of players who would have been happy to see a roof over Centre […]
28 April, 2009 – 2:36 pm
Fans who were unlucky to miss out on tickets to A Centre Court Celebration are getting a second chance to be there through the online Wimbledon shop. Tickets for Wimbledon’s Centre Court Celebration, where tennis legends Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters will play the first tennis under the new roof, sold […]
21 April, 2009 – 4:41 pm
Roofs aren’t things you think about very often. They do their job largely unnoticed and if they do their job properly you don’t even know they are there. Today I have spent a lot of time thinking about roofs, particularly the one over the four walls of Centre Court.