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Wimbledon has gone money mad

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In a bid to raise further funds for refurbishment, Wimbledon is raising its prices for debenture tickets from £27,750 to £50,000. 

Debenture tickets allow people to guarantee seats on centre court for a period of five years. A total of 2,500 have been issued. 

This price is astronomic and is majorly frustrating for committed fans who are prepared to splash out a bit more to reserve their place for the next few years. This is also damaging for the average fan, as many people each year miss out on general sale tickets anyway. 

It was this time last year that the All England Club announced its plans to develop the 42 acre complex by installing a roof on court number one and improving the outer courts as well.

Andy Murray was one of the first to get behind the scheme as he tweeted: "As has always been the case Wimbledon continue to lead our sport in the right direction... right from the front".

Wimbledon is the biggest tennis tournament in the world due to its coverage and legacy and although the plans are set to make the event more of a spectacle, perhaps there are bigger matters at hand in our sport. 

Murray became the first Brit to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936 but he still remains the only male in the top 100. The last female winner came in 1977. 

From the club's last five year debenture, they made a total of £60 million but they will need further funds to install the new roof on court number one as the first roof on centre court cost £150 million. But how important is the roof at this moment in time? Besides, aren't the rain delays what makes the Championship unique in a bizarre way? 

If you take a look at the USA, they also host a major tournament but have many more ranked players than here in Britain. 

They have seven players in men's top 100 and 12 in the women's rankings. Britain are slacking behind and even though the Tour Finals are set for another year here, the nation's poor performances on the court are set to effect the country's bid in the future. 

Wimbledon could make a major impact with these increased fees by investing more into the players in the local area rather than pumping more money into the commercial side of the tournament. 

Recently appointed chairman of the LTA, Michael Downey has pledged to make our younger players "hungrier" for success but to do this more must be done to prepare them for life on the future's tour. 

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