Does Court 1 at Wimbledon have a roof? Has SW19's 2nd largest court got a retractable roof - and when was it fitted

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was playing on Court 1 in 2019 when a piece of history was made at the tennis championships

Wimbledon is back.

After a year away due to the Covid pandemic, balls are bouncing at Wimbledon once more in 2021 as crowds return to witness the world's best tennis players in action at SW19.

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There will be some changes to the norm this year, as organisers plan to limit the spread of coronavirus, but some things will remain the same - including the unpredictable weather.

The odd rainy days have proven to be a source of frustration for many tennis fans through the years but the introduction of a roof on Centre Court has ensured at least some play continues.

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But does Court 1 at Wimbledon have a roof? Let's find out.

Does Court 1 at Wimbledon have a roof?

Court 1 at Wimbledon went under a redesign in time for the start of the 2019 tennis tournament. (Pic: Getty)

The good news for tennis fans is Court 1 at Wimbledon does have a retractable roof.

In 2013, the All England Club announced its intention to refurbish areas of Court 1 including hospitality facilities, crowd capacity and implementing a retractable roof.

The roof covers the entire grass playing surface as well as the spectators in the new 12,345 capacity arena - an increase of around 1,000 seats to the old Court 1 stadium.

The reconstruction was finished in 2019 in time for that year's Wimbledon Championships.

Wimbledon in numbers. Graphic: Kim Mogg / JPIMedia.

A ceremony to mark the completion of work saw a host of former champions and greats attend a celebratory event in May 2019, with the roof closed for the first time that summer.

A men's doubles match featuring Britain tennis great Andy Murray saw the roof closed for the first time during a competitive match at Wimbledon.

What is the roof on Court 1 at Wimbledon made from?

The roof on Court 1 is made up from a 80,000 square foot fabric, which requires 11 100-plus ton steel trusses to pull from one end of the court to the middle.

At the middle it meets the other half of the retractable roof to provide a seal and protect the inside of the arena from the elements of the great British summer time.

As part of the design, architects maximised the amount of natural sunlight on to the court to help grass maintenance while keeping it true to the stadium's historic circular design.

What was the capacity of Court 1 at Wimbledon?

The original Court 1 at Wimbledon was attached to the west side of Centre Court when it was first built in 1924, with a capacity of roughly 3,250.

It had a capacity for 2,500 seats and around 750 standing spectators.

This capacity was increased over the years to 7,250 before it became apparent the siting of the court had its limitations, which saw organisers plot an expansion north of Centre Court.

The old Court 1 was replaced in 1997 with Tim Henman and Daniel Nestor the first match to be played on the new court, which had a spectator capacity of 11,400.

The old court was demolished and the site is currently occupied by the Millennium Building, media centre and facilities for players, members and officials.