The vuvuzela, the ubiquitous and some would say 'annoying' stadium horn that has gained worldwide popularity due to the World Cup, has been banned from Wimbledon.
The All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie released a statement today asking people not to bring them to the grounds:
Out of courtesy to the players and their fellow spectators, we make a point of asking spectators not to bring items which could either cause a distraction or interfere with the enjoyment of the occasion.
Rattles, klaxons and vuvuzelas all fall into that category and they will not be allowed into the grounds. Our message is do not bring them in the first place.
They will not be showing any World Cup matches on the jumbo video screens either. "We fully appreciate that a number of our visitors will be interested in the football World Cup," Ritchie said. "Equally, however, the tennis is our first priority."Fine with me. It seems more Aussie Open than Wimbledon anyway. Might we see some next January?