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.