BBC contract to broadcast Wimbledon extended until 2027

Deal means corporation will be able to celebrate 100 years of coverage, after first SW19 broadcast in 1927

The longest partnership in sports broadcasting history is to reach a century after the BBC announced it is to extend its contract to broadcast Wimbledon until 2027.

The agreement will mean the broadcaster marking 100 years of coverage from the grass court grand slam in SW19, with its first Wimbledon coverage broadcast on radio from Centre Court on 29 June 1927. That year a microphone and loudspeakers were installed on the court to broadcast the calls of the umpire. The system of seeding players in the tournament was also introduced, along with a special foot fault judge.

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