June 22, 1922: New Wimbledon Centre Court is used for the first time!
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In 1922, Wimbledon was already 45 years old, and we can trace some big changes for that year's competition. First of all, the tournament moved to the Church Road, the location it used ever since, and the Challenge Round was also abolished, meaning that the champion from the previous year had to play from the very first round, just like all the others, instead of waiting in the final.
In addition, newly-built Centre Court was the main attraction of the new Wimbledon site, with a roof that partly covered the stands and featuring almost 10000 seats. King George V and Queen Mary attend the opening day, and after an hour of delay, the matches could begin.History remembers that Algernon Kingscote defeated Leslie Godfree 6-1 6-3 6-0 in the first ever match on the new Centre Court, that will become the most famous tennis stadium in the world, and the site of many epic battles for the biggest title in our sport.
In October 1940, the Centre Court was heavily damaged in German air attack, but it was fully restored when the Championship continued in 1946. Some improvements were made in 1979 and 1992, but the biggest one happened in 2009, when retractable roof was completed, to allow matches during the rain and increasing the capacity to 15000.
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