Wimbledon rings the changes as new roof unveiled, but there will be no shot-clock
Wimbledon has confirmed there will be changes for the 2019 edition, including the unveiling of a new roof for Court One, but the introduction of a shot-clock won’t be one of them.
The capacity for the second show court has also been increased by around 1,000 seats to 12,245, and will be officially opened on Sunday May 19 by John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova.
Prize money has also been increased by 11.8% to £38million, although the winners of the single’s competitions will only see at 4% rise to £2.35m each.
Wimbledon announced last year that they will introduce a final-set tiebreak for the first time this year, although only if the scores reach 12-12.
Meanwhile, the weather alone will now dictate whether or not the roof remains closed for matches resuming after an overnight break – a change prompted by Rafael Nadal’s spat with Novak Djokovic last year.
The start time for each day’s play has also been brought forward to 11am.
One change that hasn’t been made, though, is the introduction of the controversial shot-clock.
Many other tournaments have adopted it, including the US Open, but Wimbledon have resisted the temptation this year.
However, tournament chief executive Richard Lewis has said that it is “highly likely” it will feature at SW19 from 2020 onward.
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