Wimbledon WON'T be a washout! And here's why...

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If you've booked your Wimbledon tickets and fear that the whole experience will be ruined by the predicted downpours, panic not.

Because rumour has it that Wimbledon officials are already planning to shut the £100million roof on Centre Court in order to make sure play goes ahead from day one.

Persistent rain is forecast for the opening day of the tournament, prompting fears that the whole thing could be a washout for the thousands who will be flocking to SW19 for London's famous summer sporting event.

But tournament referee Andrew Jarrett told the Daily Mail: 'The roof will allow us to keep 15,000 spectators - and millions of television viewers around the world - watching tennis.'

Although the roof (pictured) was built two years ago, it was not used once last year, as not a single drop of rain fell in the area for the entire fortnight.

In fact, so far, it has only been used for six and a half hours of tennis.

But it looks like it's 'all change' this year. Champion Rafael Nadal may have to open Wimbledon against Michael Russell with the court sealed from the elements.

While the order of play will not be announced until Sunday afternoon, Murray is expected to be on Centre Court.

The wet weather has created more work for groundstaff at the All England Tennis Club in south London: the team has been rolling the courts more than usual to make sure they stay firm and for the last week they have also been covered overnight.

The summer has so far been a major disappointment after the UK enjoyed its warmest spring for 350 years.

Between March and the end of May, Britain as a whole was at its hottest and driest since records began in 1910.

There had been predictions of similar sizzling temperatures for June and July - but now events such as Glastonbury next week are bracing for downpours.

The unsettled conditions are set to last until early July.

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