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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 January 2004, 17:46 GMT
Wimbledon's roof plans in pictures

Centre Court at Wimbledon is the most well known tennis venue in the world

Centre Court is the best-known tennis venue in the world and many traditionalists don't like the idea of it being roofed

Centre Court was first used in 1922

1922 - Centre Court's appearance has not changed greatly since it was first opened more than 80 years ago

Centre Court as it is now

2004 - Centre Court is an impressive venue but bad weather can stop play for long periods of time

Plans for 2009 should see the capacity of Centre Court grow as well as the adding of the roof

By 2009 it is hoped that Centre Court will have a larger 15,000 capacity, better seating and a retractable roof

The new roof will be a retractable 5,200 square metres folding fabric concertina

The new roof will be a retractable 5,200 square metres folding fabric concertina which will allow natural light through

The roof should cover Centre Court in about ten minutes

Once it starts raining it should take no longer than 10 minutes for the roof to cover the court

The roof will be stored into southern and northern sections

The roof will be split into two halves and a combination of hydraulic jacks and arms will move the two sections into place

Players will still have to go off whilst the roof is closing

Players will have to go off while the roof is closing as it may take time to establish the right conditions once it is in place

It is believed that breaks at Wimbledon will not last for more than a maximum of 30 minutes

Delays should last no more than 30 minutes and this should allow for live tennis most of the time, whatever the weather

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