The Wimbledon expansion plan was rejected

The Experts from the Wandsworth district have in fact panned the expansion plan of the most famous tennis club in the world presented by the AELTC

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The Wimbledon expansion plan was rejected
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The Wimbledon board has received negative news (already anticipated by a week) relating to the expansion of the England Club. The experts of the Wandsworth district have in fact panned the expansion plan of the most famous tennis club in the world presented by the AELTC, presenting a negative assessment regarding the impact that such growth would have had on the village.

And then recommending to the commission that it would make the decision to reject the project. What the Wandsworth experts would have cited would be the lack of very special circumstances, which see the costs of the project significantly greater than the benefits it would have brought.

The commission then rejected the Wimbledon Park Project, halting for now any expansion applications proposed by AELTC.

The Wimbledon CEO was confident about the project's approval

Only last September, Sally Bolton OBE, the new CEO of the All England Club, granted an exclusive interview to Tennis World USA, in which she also talked about the expansion plans of the club resident in Church Road.

She told us: "We're fully focused on the planning application currently before the local authorities to secure the future of The Championships by bringing the Qualifying event here to SW19, from its current site at Roehampton.

We hope that this will give players an even better experience of our qualifying event and will allow many more spectators the opportunity to watch qualifying matches. As part of these plans we are also proposing to build a third covered show court which will be a major step forward for The Championships and will bring us in line with the other Grand Slams.

Alongside this we want to transform the community amenities in the local area by delivering a brand new public park – the first of its kind since the London Olympics." Sally Bolton also talked with us about the last Wimbledon edition, explaining: "I think we all enjoyed a really special Championships this year.

We had a record attendance across the fortnight and, despite some rainy days, we had fantastic matches taking place on every day of the event. I was particularly pleased with our new fan experience area in the Southern Village of the grounds which included a new viewing experience for the first time, this was a particular favourite of many guests who visited."

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