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  Sunday, 7 July, 2002, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Roof plans still on hold
Rain has disrupted the Wimbledon fortnight once again
The weather has caused problems for the organisers
Wimbledon officials say they are investigating building a roof over Centre Court - but they admit there are major obstacles.

Rain has disrupted the second week of the tournament, prompting renewed calls for action to be taken by the authorities.

But Wimbledon chairman Tim Phillips says solving the problem by renovating the famous arena is not as easy as it sounds.


Until we get a really good solution, we're not going to do it
Tim Phillips

"In the last decade, we've built a new Number One Court, a new media centre and created the hill with the big screen," Phillips said on BBC Radio Five Live.

"If it was straightforward to build a roof, we'd already have done it.

"But there are problems with a roof. It doesn't matter to rugby or football matches if they get condensation or sweating - but it matters a lot on a grass tennis court.

"We've done expensive tests in the States, feeding in British summer forecast information.

"They work out whether condensation would occur - and it would on a considerable number of occasions.

"So what ventilation system would we need in an 80-year-old building? And how would it affect the flight of the ball?

"We have an obligation to fans and TV audiences in 170 different countries.

"But we also have an obligation to players in terms of safety on court.

"We are actively trying to overcome serious obstacles. Until we get a really good solution, we're not going to do it."

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