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Craig Porter 30th Jun 2009 - 9:31

Wimbledon roof closes to save £50,000 payout

Bookmakers William Hill and Wimbledon were delighted as the Centre Court roof was used for the first time during the tournament.

William Hill had feared a payout of up to £50,000 as the odds that the roof would be redundant all fortnight shortened from 10/1 pre-tournament to 3/1 by Monday afternoon.

"Punters had staked a large number of bets on the roof not being used, but we were always confident that the Wimbledon authorities would be keen to show off their pride and joy and would find a way of closing the roof, whether to protect the court from rain or to improve bad light," said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

The roof was closed during the Ladies' Singles match between world number 1 Dinara Safina and 2006 Champion Amelie Mauresmo.

With further showers expected during the evening the roof remained closed for Andy Murray's match with Stanislas Wawrinka. The British star was pushed all the way in a five-set epic to secure his quarter-final place where he plays Juan Carlos Ferrero.

The match lasted just short of four hours under the roof and the lights meaning play went on until 22:38 - the latest play has continued in Wimbledon history thus far.

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