The All England Club are planning a multi-million pound expansion of the Wimbledon site, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The new Wimbledon will feature a number of changes, including a new venue to host the qualifying stage of the tournament, which is currently played in Roehampton.
Golf club new lease denied
All England club chairman Philip Brook has confirmed that the club are planning on expanding on the land which they lease to Wimbledon Park Golf Club, and the golf club’s 800 members have been denied in their request for a new lease.
Brook said in an interview with the newspaper: ‘When we bought the golf club’s land we had the long term in mind and when the lease runs out, building courts there and moving our qualification event from Roehampton to on-site will make sense.
‘It’s a few years away and we’ve so much to do already with what we are planning at the moment that we are focused on that.’
The only way to stay at the top is to keep working hard to continually improve. It’s that ethos. We look at our rivals, they look at us.
‘We consider ourselves to be the premier tennis tournament in the world and we want to stay there.’
Long term projects are reportedly being put in place, which include an am-phi-theatre style new show court and a statue of men’s singles champion Andy Murray, who became the first British man to win the title in 77 years in 2013.
The home of the only grass court Grand Slam are also planning to build more corporate hospitality facilities, a shopping village, public catering, picnic areas, a hotel, a multi-storey car park and a restaurant.
Members of the golf club, which include television presenters Ant and Dec, as they hoped they would be allowed to keep hold of the nine-hole course, which was sold to the All England Club by Merton Council for £5.2million in 1993.
A high amount of profit is generated by the third Grand Slam of the year, and the club generated £37.8million in profits in 2012, and they have predicted that they will raise over £100million in debentures alone by 2020.
In official terms, the lease on the golf course is not set to expire for another 27 years, but the members of the course could be made an offer to leave the course at a much earlier time.
A letter was recently sent from the golf course to its members which read: We should most sensibly assume that our lease will not be renewed in 2041, not even for a nine-hole course.’
Another renovation plan has seen a new tunnel built, which runs from the car park outside the grounds into the players’ lounge.
That will not come as a piece of good news to autograph hunters, as it would section the players off from the public when they arrive at the grounds, though the club have not revealed if it will be available for use in this year’s tournament.
The 2014 tournament at SW19 gets underway on Monday, where Murray will begin the defence of his title against Belgium’s David Goffin, which will be the first match on Centre Court.
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