Steffi, Kim Set to Raise the Roof
Published March 06, 2009 12:00
LONDON, UK - Wimbledon's brand new retractable roof on Centre Court is about to make its debut, and tennis fans now have the opportunity to be the first to see matches played underneath it in a just announced, star-studded event. Legendary players Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman will be the first to play under the new roof at A Centre Court Celebration on Sunday, May 17, held by the All England Club.
The program will feature a men's singles, a ladies' singles, and a mixed doubles match. All will be played to the pro set format - the first to eight games, with a tie-break at 8-8. Exact order of play will be confirmed nearer the time. The event is designed to test the new roof and air management system with live tennis in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000.
"We set out to make Wimbledon the world's premier tennis event. The new retractable Centre Court roof, and air management system, is another important part of The Championships' progression and will guarantee the play that today's audiences expect," said Ian Ritchie, CEO of the All England Club.
"We always wanted to capture the essence of Wimbledon's history and tradition in a new, modern Centre Court which itself would still be celebrated as the stage of some of the most memorable moments in tennis. With players of the caliber of Agassi, Graf, Clijsters and Henman this test event promises to be hugely entertaining. Brilliant players, great tennis, an iconic venue and the chance to be part of Wimbledon history - what more could one want?"
Tickets priced at £35.00 each will go on general sale via Ticketmaster and +44(0)844.847.2481 at 10am on Thursday, March 12. There will be no on-day sales at the turnstiles.