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Peter Terry

I love the passion evident in the posting by Olavversloot. Even though I would classify myself as something of a traditionalist who spent nine years supporting players at the Wimbledon championships, I can see merit in the argument that entering the court wearing headphones is all about promoting a winning performance and nothing about disrespect. I was also intrigued by the comment that “Wimbledon is starting to collapse under its traditions”. Where do you think that is heading? An imminent end to the predominantly white dress code? More crowd noise during rallies? Coaching allowed during changeovers, as in the Davis Cup? Or will it just be a phasing out of the strawberries and cream? Would any changes impact upon the psychological challenges for players?
I’m keen to hear more on the subject.