Wimbledon celebrates Centre Court centenary with fireworks and Cliff Richard singing ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’ before bringing out former champions Rodger Federer, Andy Murray, Margaret Court
Wimbledon is currently celebrating the 100th year of the SW19 Center Court with a grand ceremony on Day 7 of the grass-court Grand Slam.
Veteran tennis broadcasters Sue Barker, John McEnroe and Clare Balding have been looking back at some of the iconic moments from the past with former champions.
Rodger Federer made a return to the court looking as suave as ever in a smart suit, with a jacket and tie.
The legendary 40-year-old is missing the historic tournament for the first time since 1999 – 23 years – so he can recover from a knee injury.
Centre Court has been the main stage at the Championships since 1922, when the tournament relocated from SW19’s Worple Road to Church Road.
From Althea Gibson being the first black player to win Wimbledon in 1957, to the now-jailed former grand slam great Boris Becker winning the year the Berlin Wall came down, it has hosted many memorable moments in history.
The court was also bombed in October 1940, during the Second World War, and Wimbledon was unable to repair the damaged section until 1947.
In 1979, it was expanded to host a larger capacity, and in 2009 it gained a retractable roof.
Over the last two years, the tournament has been compromised by coronavirus, as 2020 saw it cancelled, while it had a 50% capacity limit in 2021.
As it returns to its prime in 2022, spectators say that public affection for the court has not waned over 100 years.
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