Wednesday 17 January 2018

Aye, aye skipper! Caroline limbers up

Ellen Branagh

Tennis fans flocked to south-west London yesterday for the start of the 126th Wimbledon Championships. And normal service was resumed as top-seeded Maria Sharapova defeated Australia's Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets to advance to the second round.

Our picture shows Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, from Denmark, skipping during practice on day one of the championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. However, a "no-fly" zone has been put in place over Wimbledon's All England tennis club, security bosses revealed yesterday. The air exclusion zone was last used in the years following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, but has been put in place again this year. Police said the decision to reinstate it was not "driven" by security, although it does help. Superintendent Pete Dobson, of the Metropolitan Police, said the Civil Aviation Authority had agreed to issue a temporary notice excluding aircraft after complaints from the SW19 club about noise.

"We have had it in previous years although we did not have it last year, there was some noise nuisance from a number of aircraft.

"It's not been driven by security but of course it does help," he said. "You just don't want strange aircraft flying overhead if you can avoid it so from a security point of view it helps but it was not the driver."

He said the measure was used for two years after 9/11, but then stopped.

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