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Wimbledon to treble in size after striking £65m deal with neighbouring golf club

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Wimbledon is set to triple in size (Picture: Corbis via Getty) Wimbledon is set to triple in size after the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) confirmed the acquisition of Wimbledon Park Golf Club.  The golf club accepted AELTC’s £65million offer to buy the land, with 82.2% of its members voting in favour of the sale in a secret ballot.  Each of the club’s 750 members, which includes Ant and Dec, will pick up £85,000 as a result of the sale.  Another of the club’s members is Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who called the sale ‘very sad news’. Very sad news.Played there for over 30yrs & voted against the sale. Hope the superb pro-shop team get properly looked after.  — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 13, 2018  He posted on Twitter: ‘Very sad news. Played there for over 30 years and voted against the sale.  ‘Hope the superb pro-shop team get properly looked after.’ Advertisement Advertisement  The 42-acre tournament will now consume the neighbouring golf course, which is roughly 73 acres in size, and means the AELTC will virtually triple in size. Morgan was against the sale (Picture: Getty) It means that in future years qualifying will no longer take place in Roehampton but will instead be moved on site, while there will be new practice courts and better facilities for those who queue to enter the grounds.  ‘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,’ Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook said last night.  ‘We have achieved what we set out to do many months ago in having certainty in our planning for the future. In many ways, it will be business as usual for the Wimbledon Park Golf Course during the next couple of years, but we will use this time to give careful consideration to our next steps.  ‘We will work with the local authorities and other interested parties as these plans are developed and I would like to emphasise that we have no intention of applying for change of use, planning permission or other approval to use the land that would be completely out of character for the AELTC and The Championships.’  While Brook has overseen the purchase of Wimbledon Park Golf Club, he will step aside next year with a new chairman taking the reins. Brook confirmed the purchase (Picture: WireImage ) Tim Henman had been mentioned as one of the names who could succeed Brook in his role, but the former British No. 1 distanced himself from the post last week. Advertisement Advertisement  ‘No, no. I’ve never had a real job, I don’t want one now,’ he told reporters ahead of his Champions Tennis appearance at the Royal Albert Hall.  ‘It’s 100% not something I’m interested in. I love being involved in the tournament and on the committee but in terms of the time commitment to being chairman in that role is significant, and again the other elements I’m involved in, and first and foremost my family.

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