On this day in 2009 – the roof of the new Central Court closed for the first time at Wimbledon

New Wimbledon Championship central courtyard The roof was first closed for a game on this day in 2009.

The retractable roof was closed midway through the fourth-round match between Russian world number one Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo after light rain disrupted proceedings.

At 4.35pm, a team of 17 pulled the blankets across the stadium when a voice came over the loudspeakers, saying: “The play, ladies and gentlemen, has been suspended and another announcement will be done soon.”

The Wimbledon Center Court roof would have cost around £80million to install (Rebecca Naden/PA)

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Four minutes later, the lights in all four corners of the stadium went out and the state-of-the-art roof came to life, and it took seven minutes to go out completely.

Ian RitchieCEO of All England Lawn Tennis ClubHe told the BBC: “We’ve been waiting for it for a long time, it’s the first time Wimbledon Someone is waiting for the rain, but we always prefer the brightness of the sun.

The roof, which would have cost £80million to install, was not used during play in the first week of the tournament, apart from the Royal Box solar cover.