Wimbledon postponed: Play suspended on outside courts due to rain

The Wimbledon Championships have suspended play on the outside courts which were scheduled to start at 11am BST. Action on Centre Court and Court One doesn’t start until 1.30pm and 1pm respectively.

But both courts have retractable roofs, meaning Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray’s matches won’t be affected by the weather.

But the likes of Dan Evans, Venus Williams and Andrey Rublev will have to wait to get started.

The Met Office have issued two yellow warnings for the first day of the tournament with alerts for thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Stewards at Wimbledon have been pictured pulling over covers onto the courts with an announcement that play has been suspended until 1pm.

In the past, rain delays have seen some matches moved on to Centre Court but there has been no announcement yet whether that will happen today.

Court One officially unveiled it’s new retractable roof in 2019 but it was only used once during that year’s tournament.

But while closing the roof on both main courts takes only 10 minutes, more time is needed to rectify the conditions.

A further 20-30 minutes are needed for the air management system to be adjusted while players are also given time to undertake a full warm-up.

The roofs are currently deployed on both courts though and may well remain closed for the full day.

Murray plays last on Centre Court on the current order of play, but the former world No 1 had some words of advice for young Draper taking on Djokovic.

“I mean, great, great experience for him, yeah, to get the opportunity to play Novak on Centre Court Wimbledon. Again, like I was just sort of saying there, now that I’ve had time to sort of reflect on I guess a bit of my career, maybe some mistakes I would have made, obviously he’s going to be feeling nervous, there’s going to be pressure on him to go out there and perform,” he said.

“Yeah, just to try to take it all in and don’t fear that moment. Go out, yeah, just go for it, enjoy it. A few years ago, they’re the sort of matches he obviously would have been wanting to play. Now it’s come around and he gets that opportunity.

“It’s fantastic for him. It will be a great learning experience, as well, to see where his game is at and everything. Yeah, I hope he does well.”

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