Rain has once again intervened in this year's Championships and badly disrupted play. The covers have been on and off the courts throughout the day and very little play has been possible.
Bad weather once again intervened in this year’s Championships, with rain showers during the early afternoon disrupting today’s order of play.
Although matches were scheduled to begin at noon on the outside courts and at 1pm on Centre Court and No.1 Court, rain meant that play had to be delayed until around one o’clock on all courts. However, about half an hour after play started, the players had to come off the six courts in action today.
Frustratingly for fans, players and officials alike, the covers came on and off courts a number of times as a succession of light showers passed over the grounds. Roger Federer and Sebastien Grosjean twice got as far as the warm-up before the rain began to fall again. As of 4pm, only five full games had been possible in the men’s singles semi-final between Federer and Grosjean on Centre Court.
Although the British summer has not been kind to Wimbledon this year – the first two days of this year’s Championships suffered a number of rain interruptions, while last Wednesday and Saturday were completely rained off – the past few days have generally enjoyed blue skies and bright sunshine.
Importantly, despite the rain, Wimbledon organisers have managed to bring the tournament schedule back on target. The decision to have play on the Middle Sunday, traditionally the rest day during the Fortnight, meant that organisers could catch up on the backlog of matches caused by the two lost days during the first week.
If there is some hope for tennis fans, it is that the All England Club is planning to put a roof on Centre Court. However, this is not expected to be finished before 2009.