Monday, June 25, 2007

Wimbledon Tennis

With today being the first day of the Wimbledon tennis fortnight(or the All England Tennis Championship to give its official name), it brings with it a huge logistical operation for Merton Council with the many extra pressures associated with being the host authority. This is the biggest yearly sports tournament in Europe with a influx of an extra 30,000 people each day into the Borough, it does boost the local economy but also transforms Wimbledon Village from its usual quaint self into a completely different place over the fortnight.

This year at Wimbledon it's a great deal different, the huge building project sees a roofless centre court and another expansion that is on-going to increase capacity and erect a retractable roof over Centre Court, which should spell an end to many of the rainy interludes that so bedraggle Wimbledon.

Over the week we'll also see some great matches, Tim Henman V Carlos Moya which went onto 9-15 tonight hopefully being the first of many. Overall though I believe that Wimbledon tennis does benefit Merton Borough and the tournament provides a great spectacle and showcase for Merton.


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