Wimbledon | Bolton expects record crowds

Wimbledon is “expecting a record crowd” over the next fortnight with the help of to the introduction of play on the middle Sunday.

Sally Bolton, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, said on Day One of the 2022 Championships: “It’s a hugely exciting day of tennis – what a way to start The Championships – masses to look forward to over the two weeks.

“Its first year of permanent middle Sunday, so we are expecting a record crowd because of that. The history of why we didn’t use to play on middle Sunday was about the courts needing a rest.

“But as grass-court technology care and attention has improved over many years, we arrived at a place where we believe that the courts – and particularly Centre Court because that’s the one that receives the majority of the wear – could withstand 14 days.

“We’re very confident it can and we’re very excited about adding the extra day, but particularly the extra day on a Sunday when we think about available audiences and we think about trying to take tennis to as many people as we can globally, it’s a really important part of our focus.”



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