Wimbledon Championships Headed for Massive Revamp After Purchase of Neighbouring Golf Course

Published 04/16/2021, 6:41 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)


One of the four major Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon, takes place every year between late June till late July. It attracts the best players in the world and has hosted some of the most iconic matches. It is the oldest event and has been going on for over 140 years. The tournament happens to be the only Major that is played on grass.

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Recently, the All England Club purchased a neighboring golf course, which will help the club expand. It will be the largest expansion in the history of the Club and will boast an addition of 39 new tennis courts. It will have an 8000 seater court which will have a retractable roof.

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Construction for the new purchase at Wimbledon will begin in 2022

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The recently acquired purchase will help organizers to compete against the other Grand Slam events. They intend to carry out the qualifying rounds on the new courts before the main draw takes place. The construction is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2026. After that, it will take up to two years for the courts to develop and host the qualifying rounds for trial. In 2030, the new court would be fit to conduct matches.

Wimbledon is one of the most historic events, not only in tennis but in the entire sporting universe. It is the only tennis event in which players don a completely white attire from head to toe. The Center Court has a Royal Box and is often graced by the presence of members from the British Royal Family and other notable dignitaries.

Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wimbledon has hosted memorable matches

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Over the years, there have been some iconic matches played at the venue. Matches between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 2008 are up there with the best. Even the 2019 final between the Swiss maestro and his Serbian rival Novak Djokovic is memorable.

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In the previous season, Wimbledon was the only Grand Slam event that was canceled due to the rising coronavirus cases all over the world, in the wake of the global pandemic. However, this season will have an edition of the prestigious event.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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