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Wimbledon celebrates Centre Court centenary

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Wimbledon celebrates Centenary Center Court with fireworks and Cliff Richard sings ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’ before bringing out former champions Rodger Federer, Andy Murray and Margaret Court

Sunday’s celebrations on center court at Wimbledon have begun.

Veteran tennis broadcasters Sue Barker, John McEnroe and Clare Balding have spoken to fans through 100 years of on-court history.

Center Court has been the championship’s main stage since 1922, when the tournament moved from Worple Road in SW19 to Church Road.

From Althea Gibson, the first black player to win Wimbledon in 1957, to the now-imprisoned former grand slam great Boris Becker who won the year the Berlin Wall fell, it has hosted many memorable moments in history.

The court was also bombed in October 1940, during World War II, and Wimbledon was not able to repair the damaged section until 1947.

In 1979 it was expanded with a larger capacity and in 2009 it got a sliding roof.

In the past two years, the tournament has been affected by the coronavirus as it was canceled in 2020 while it had a 50% capacity cap in 2021.

As it returns to its peak in 2022, onlookers say public affection for the court has not waned in 100 years.

More to follow…

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