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Every thing that you need to know about Roof at Wimbledon Center Court and How long does it take to close the Roof at Centre Court, Wimbledon

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#1 Vibhu batra

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:08 AM

Ever since the Roof at Center Court, Wimbledon got ready for usage in 2009, people have often wondered how long does it exactly to close the Roof & get the Center Court ready for play if its raining or very overcast?

Firstly, let me explain you a wee bit roof ::

The roof is made of a lightweight, flexible fabric called "Tenara" that can fold up on huge trusses.

The roof is 16 meters (52 feet) above the court surface.

The first time, roof was used at Center court during a match was on June 29th, 2009 between Dinara Safina and 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.

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The first ever Mens match that was played under Roof was a 4th Round match between Stanislas Wawrinka & Andy Murray played on 29th June-2009.....

Here is a rare video of closing of the roof :::

As you can see from the video,

It takes about 8 to 10 minutes to close the roof.

But, the Air management system that has been installed to remove condensation from within the arena and stop the grass sweating, takes about 30 to 35 minutes to make the playing conditions okay.

Also, the fabric that is used at roof is 40 percent translucent but the roof features 120 lights so that play can continue even after dark.

That's why the AIRCON system takes time to be ready.

So, that's why when ever it is announced that the roof is about to come on, you can have a small break of about 40 to 45 minutes from Tennis at Centre Court :).

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#2 sausan


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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:45 PM

Thank you for this information,important to know about it.

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a Roger Federer to smile.

Thanks Kishore :)


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#3 V.K. Batra

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:57 PM

Well, the most interesting discussion this year is, why are unknown players doing so well when the roof is on?

As Roger Federer said in a post-match interview, that even, he is not used to playing indoors at Grass....... so, thats why, more opportunities to unseeded & lesser known players...

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