Wimbledon Centre Court - Retractable Roof

The retractable roof which was installed on the Wimbledon Centre Court for the 2009 Championship is state-of-the-art and is designed to allow the purposely fitted compatible floodlighting to provide sufficient light over the playing surface should there be any long rain delays. It takes a total of ten minutes to fully seal before play can resume on Centre Court.

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It was first used on Monday 29th June during a fourth round Ladies singles match between Amelie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina. However the first full match it was used for took place between Britain's Andy Murray and the Swis player, Stanislaw Wawrinka. In fact, while these two players battled it out, the rain had stopped, but with the floodlighting being so efficient it was deemed prudent to continue; Murray won the match. The roof also means that play will be able to continue to 10pm each day should that be required.