Wimbledon hit by worst downpour since 2004

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On Tuesday, Wimbledon experienced its most disruptive day of play in 19 years due to heavy rainfall. The downpour forced the cancellation of at least 69 matches, causing frustration among players, organizers, and spectators. However, for the bars and restaurants at the prestigious tennis tournament, the rain turned out to be a boon, boosting their sales of food and drinks.

With the rain pouring down and matches being postponed or canceled, spectators sought refuge in the various establishments within the Wimbledon grounds. The bars and restaurants quickly became popular gathering spots as people looked for shelter and a way to pass the time during the unexpected downtime.

The availability of covered areas and indoor seating allowed visitors to comfortably enjoy their meals and beverages while watching the rain continue to fall outside. The increased footfall in the establishments led to a surge in sales, particularly of alcoholic beverages and food items. The atmosphere inside the bars and restaurants became lively as tennis enthusiasts engaged in conversations, shared their opinions on matches, and enjoyed the company of fellow fans.

For the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the governing body of Wimbledon, the rain-related disruptions necessitated action. Shortly after 6 pm, an announcement was made that all ground passes purchased before 5 pm and tickets to courts two and three would be eligible for a full refund. This decision aimed to compensate spectators for the reduced playing time and match cancellations caused by the inclement weather.

It is estimated that the refunds could amount to around £250,000, reflecting the significant impact of the rain on the tournament’s proceedings. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has established a process through which visitors can apply for a full refund for their ground passes and tickets to the open courts if less than one hour of play occurred on the day they attended.

While the rain brought disappointment to players and tennis fans, it inadvertently provided a financial boost to the bars and restaurants at Wimbledon. The increased sales of food and drinks not only helped to mitigate the impact of match cancellations but also created a vibrant and convivial atmosphere within the venues. Despite the disruptions caused by the downpour, Wimbledon and its visitors adapted to the situation, making the best of an unexpected turn of events.

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