Wimbledon Launch Application for Biggest-Ever Expansion Project Worth £100m

Published 08/28/2021, 12:55 AM EDT
The Championships logo is seen on the third day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on June 22, 2005 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)


In a display of its bold vision for the future, the All England club made world headlines this morning. The iconic Wimbledon has officially launched a formal application for its biggest ever expansion. The figures for the future developments are mind boggling with an estimate of 100 million pounds to be spent.

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Exuberant and enthralling, the Wimbledon Championships have repeatedly treated fans to some breathtaking tennis. Famous for its poised nature and rich history, it is one of the oldest tournaments in the sport. However, in a bid to attract a larger audience, its upcoming project will take the competition to new heights.

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Wimbledon and its vision for the future

The new proposed developments will see an increased capacity of in-house audience. Notably, the capacity of the championships will go up to 650,000 spectators, higher than its usual 500,000 a year. These developments will cost more than £100 million, with its planning application fee alone costing over £73,000.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu in action during her fourth round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Toby Melville

In 2018, the All England club acquired the neighboring Wimbledon golf courts. They expressed their desire of building 39 new grass courts. That would be inclusive of a 8000- seat ‘Parkland’ stadium, the third biggest arena of the enlarged site.

Construction on most of the courts is set to be completed by 2026-2027. Officials are hopeful of achieving this deadline, hoping to bring the Slam’s qualifying rounds there, away from its current location, Roehampton. However, the new stadium is scheduled for completion by 2030.

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All eyes turn to America now

Right now, the center stage in the tennis community belongs to New York with the US Open about to kick-off on the 30th of August. Even before its commencement, its star-studded lineup has been creating all the buzz. However, not as much as its absentees.

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Few of the A-listers who will out miss out on the flushing meadows are the legendary Roger Federer, Spanish great Rafael Nadal and American sensation Serena Williams. However, 2021 Wimbledon Championship winner, Novak Djokovic will be heading to New York.

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After his heroics all year round, especially on English soil, the Serbian is a favorite for the American dream. However, up against the young guns and their youthful exuberance, will the veteran attain his Calendar Grand Slam?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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