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Wimbledon set for new Court Three

Wimbledon's old Court Two - the 'Graveyard of Champions'
Wimbledon's old Court Two was the scene of numerous shock results

Wimbledon will have a 2,000-seat Court Three in place of the old Court Two - known as the 'Graveyard of Champions' - for the 2011 Championships.

The All England Club has confirmed that the next stage of its redevelopment process will begin with the start of work on the new court in July.

This year's Championships will see the introduction of a retractable roof over Centre Court.

A new 4,000-seat Court Two will also be used for the first time.

"With its unofficial name of the 'Graveyard of the Champions' old Court Two has played its part in framing Wimbledon's history," said Tim Phillips, chairman of the All England Club.

"While acknowledging that contribution, we also have to consider Wimbledon's future and the time is now right to build a court with all the excellent spectator comforts that people have come to expect at The Championships."

The old Court Two - which will be renamed Court Three for the next two years - has witnessed defeats for the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams.

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