Merton vows to continue with common sense approach

As day two of Wimbledon gets underway, tennis spectators can be confident that Merton Council will continue to take the common sense approach to late night play.

In a letter personally sent to the Chief Executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Richard Lewis, Leader of Merton Council, Cllr Stephen Alambritis says: “We are proud to be home to your fantastic world-famous tournament” going on to say: “I wanted to personally confirm with you that, should the climax of a late match run slightly over the 11pm threshold, similar arrangements are in place this year” – being flexible on when play should close while being reasonable to local residents.

In his letter, Councillor Alambritis recalls the exciting moment when Andy Murray won in the third round last year just after the 11pm curfew. He said: “We are keen to work in partnership with the All England Club and are enthusiastic with helping to run the event as smoothly as possible, while upholding our responsibilities as a local authority to our residents who live in the vicinity of the club.”