Wimbledon to stage ticketed No.1 Court celebration

11 Jan 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has revealed plans for a one-off ticketed event, marking the completion of a multi-million pound project to install a roof on Wimbledon's No.1 Court.

The AELTC plans to sell more than 12,000 tickets to the No.1 Court Celebration event on Sunday, 19th May, priced at £110 each.

The club is promising fans a programme of three exhibition tennis matches, interspersed with headline live music performances.

Former Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe have been confirmed amongst the first players to participate, with further names set be confirmed in the near future.

The event will be used to test the court’s new retractable roof and air management system ahead of its re-opening at this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Wimbledon hosted a similar one-off celebration in May 2009, when testing the retractable roof and air management system for its redeveloped Centre Court. On that occasion, former champions Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf competed against Tim Henman and Belgium’s Kim Clijsters in an exhibition match.

Commenting in his final year as AELTC Chairman, Philip Brook said: “We are delighted to be hosting this special event to celebrate the unveiling of the No.1 Court roof and raise funds for some important charitable causes.

“We are very excited to be welcoming John and Martina to participate in the event as yet another milestone in their long histories with the AELTC and we look forward to announcing more players and some truly memorable entertainment in the coming weeks and months.”

Ticketing for the event will be conducted via a two-week online ballot, with further details expected on Thursday, 17th January. 

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to both the Wimbledon Foundation, the official charity of the Club and The Championships, as well as the chosen charities of the participating players.

Those not in attendance at The No.1 Court Celebration event will be able to watch the action live on the BBC and the event will also be distributed globally via Wimbledon’s broadcast partners and on Wimbledon’s official website.