Agassi, Graf take center stage at Wimbledon


When Andre Agassi announced retirement just several years ago, you probably thought, am I ever going to see that tennis legend in action again? Well, today that wish came true for many tennis fans as Wimbledon’s historic Centre Court inaugurated a modern makeover as tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf staged exhibition matches under a brand new retractable roof.

The new roof is part of a wider revamping of Centre Court at the All England Club, which now has an increased maximum capacity of 15,000, and more comfortable seating.

It has been designed to open and close in under 10 minutes, is translucent to allow natural light to continue to shine on the lawn, and has been fitted with floodlights.

Along with weather no longer being a barrier to tennis being played at Wimbledon, tournament officials have admitted that there is no cut-off time to finish a day’s play, meaning epic matches could turn into after-dark dramas.

On Sunday, former Wimbledon champions and couple, Agassi and Graf lost a mixed doubles match against retired former British No. 1 Tim Henman and Belgium’s Kim Clijsters 6-7.

Then, fans witnessed a singles showdown between Agassi and Henman, a match that Agassi won 6-4 with a forehand down the line on his fourth match point. In the last singles of the day, Clijsters defeated Graf 6-4.


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