Rain delays play at Wimbledon

UPDATE: Play has been suspended for the day at
Wimbledon because of rain, except for the match under the Centre
Court roof between Novak Djokovic and Bobby Reynolds.

The roof over Wimbledon’s Centre Court was closed on Thursday
for the first time during this year’s tournament.

After three days of dry weather, showers caused the first rain
delay at the championships and organizers decided to shut the
retractable roof over Centre Court, with last year’s runner-up
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland leading Mathilde Johansson of France
6-1, 4-2. After the normal delay of about 30 minutes while the roof
closed, Radwanska returned to wrap up the second set 6-3.

Novak Djokovic’s late match against American Bobby Reynolds was
also to be played under the roof. Play on some other courts is
still delayed.

The retractable roof was installed on Centre Court in 2009, to
help alleviate the perennial rain delays that often plague the
tournament.