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Wimbledon expansion advances after golf club purchase

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is set to expand its Wimbledon site from 2022 after a nearby golf club agreed to sell its land.

Last night (Thursday 13 December), members of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club voted in favour of the sale, following an offer from the AELTC for £65m. 

The acquisition of the land means that the Wimbledon tennis site will expand to almost triple its current size, allowing for more courts and additional facilities.

As part of expansion plans, the qualifying rounds for the Wimbledon championships will be moved to the famous club, however the terms of the sale mean the site will remain a golf course until at least the end of 2021.

More details about the plans are set to be revealed in the spring, AELTC revealed.

AELTC chairman Philip Brook said: “The decision of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club members to vote in favour of the acquisition offer is a hugely significant moment for the AELTC and the championships.”

He said that the move to the golf club land is “part of our mission to [will] continue to maintain the position of the championships as the pinnacle of the sport”.

Pending court approval of the acquisition, ownership will transfer on 21 December, and the club’s 750 members are set to gain an estimated £85,000 each from the deal, because it is owned as a co-operative.

The tennis club said it will not apply for planning permission to change the use of the site.

Wimbledon has made a number of improvements to its site in recent years, including an upgrade to its No. 1 Court (pictured), which included installing a retractable roof and accompanying steel frame.

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