Wimbledon is set to expand its grounds after a nearby golf club agreed to sell its land to the organisers of the tennis Grand Slam tournament.
Members of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club voted 82 per cent in favour of accepting the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s offer to buy out the lease of the 30-acre site for £63.75m (€71m/$80.2m). Reports suggested each of the golf club’s members stood to gain £85,000 each as a result of the sale.
The move will enable AELTC to almost triple the size of its grounds and allow it to stage the Wimbledon qualifying tournament on site. Currently the competition is staged a few miles away in Roehampton.
AELTC chairman Philip Brook said, “The decision of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club members to vote in favour of the acquisition offer is a hugely significant moment for the AELTC and The Championships.”
The AELTC created a Wimbledon Master Plan in 2013 designed to ensure its facilities kept pace with the three other tennis grand slams. The US Open recently completed a $600m redevelopment of its home, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Similarly, the French authorities recently gave the green light for an extensive project to redevelop Roland-Garros, the home of the French Open by 2020.
Read this: The business of Wimbledon | Brand and media