All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon

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Main entrance © Gabinho/cc-by-sa-4.0

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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All England Club, based at Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England, is a private members’ club. It is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass. Initially an amateur event that occupied club members and their friends for a few days each summer, the championships have become far more prominent than the club itself. However, it still operates as a members’ tennis club. The club also houses the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

The club has 375 full members, about 100 temporary playing members, and a number of honorary members. To become a full or temporary member, an applicant must obtain letters of support from four existing full members, two of whom must have known the applicant for at least three years. The name is then added to the candidates’ list. Honorary members are elected from time to time by the club’s committee. Membership carries with it the right to purchase two tickets for each day of the Wimbledon Championships. In addition to this all champions are invited to become members. The patron of the club is the Princess of Wales.

The Longest Match Plaque © geograph.org.uk - David Hillas/cc-by-sa-2.0 Wimbledon Championships venue © Cmglee/cc-by-sa-4.0 Centre Court © flickr.com - JCtennis.com/cc-by-sa-2.0 Henman Hill/Aorangi terrace © Clavecin Main entrance © Gabinho/cc-by-sa-4.0 Outside court © flickr.com - JCtennis.com/cc-by-sa-2.0 Sculpture of Fred Perry © Gabinho/cc-by-sa-4.0
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The Longest Match Plaque © geograph.org.uk - David Hillas/cc-by-sa-2.0
The club currently has 18 tournament grass courts, eight American clay courts, two acrylic courts and six indoor courts. There are also 22 Aorangi Park grass courts, which serve as competitors’ practice courts before and during The Championships. The grass courts can be used from May until September. The grass has been cut to 8 mm since 1995, and 100% perennial ryegrass has been used for its strength since 2001 (prior to that, it was 70% perennial rye and 30% creeping red fescue). The courts are renovated in September, using nine tons of grass seed annually. The largest court is Centre Court, which hosts the finals of the main singles and doubles events at The Championships. There is an inscription above the entryway to Centre Court which reads “If you can meet with triumph and disaster / And treat those two impostors just the same” – lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem If—. This court also served as the main venue for the tennis events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Initially, the courts were arranged in such a way that the principal court was situated in the middle with the others arranged around it; hence the title “Centre Court The present Centre Court, built in 1922 upon the move of the club, was not actually in the centre at the time it was built, but as new courts were added in later years it became a more accurate description. It currently seats 15,000 – expanded from 14,000 following redevelopment in 2007–08 (spatially, the expansion is greater than those numbers imply, as seats have been widened), and (as of 2009) is the fourth-largest tennis stadium in the world. The Club installed a retractable roof on Centre Court which was completed in May 2009. It is a “folding concertina” made of 5,200 square metres of a translucent waterproof fabric that allows natural light to reach the grass, and opens or closes in under 10 minutes. Redevelopment work commenced in 2006, and Centre Court had no roof at all in place for the duration of the 2007 Championships. The other “show court” is No.1 Court, built in 1997, which holds around 11,500 people and occasionally plays host to Davis Cup matches (Centre Court usually being reserved for the Wimbledon Championships). It has been fitted with a retractable roof similar to Centre Court and was unveiled at a special ceremony on 19 May 2019. A new No.2 Court with 4,000 seats was first used at the 2009 Championships. The old No.2 Court was renamed No.3 Court in 2009, and was rebuilt after the 2009 Championships. The grounds underwent major renovation as part of the Wimbledon Master Plan. In December 2018 the club agreed a £65 million compensation package with the members of the adjacent Wimbledon Park Golf Club to cut short their lease on the ground in order to expand.

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