New Wimbledon roof used for first time

New Wimbledon roof used for first time


London, July 3: The new roof on Wimbledon's Court One was used for the first time but for fading light rather than for rain.

A decision was made to shut the roof at 5-5 in the final set of the match between Croatian 22nd seed Donna Vekic and Alison Riske of the United States. The roof on the 12,000-capacity Court One was operational for the first time at the 2019 championships after three years' work.

The atmosphere around the court changed, with sound echoing much more around the arena. But the match was over within seven minutes as Riske broke serve and then served for the match, winning it with an ace 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (UNI-Xinhua)