Wimbledon head bats away rumours of new hotel

Speculation that the All England Lawn Tennis Association is planning to build a hotel near the site of the Wimbledon championships was smashed off court this morning by Chief Executive Richard Lewis (not to be confused with the Interchange and Consort Hotels CEO).

On the opening day of the annual tennis competition – which was won last year by Andy Murray who owns Cromlix House Hotel in Scotland – Lewis told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme that the rumours were “utter fabrication”.

While a hotel could bring in revenue from tennis fans wishing to stay in the heart of the action, it is unlikely to appeal to stars such as Murray and other top seeds who prefer to rent private homes in the area.

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