Wimbledon's ace in the pack


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The RFU's gain is Wimbledon's loss. Since his appointment as the All England Club's chief executive in 2005, Ian Ritchie has established a reputation as one of sport's top administrators. Personable and approachable, he has also shown a determination to strengthen Wimbledon's finances and preserve its status as the biggest global tennis event.

The installation of a retractable Centre Court roof and Hawk-Eye technology – both carried out under Ritchie's watch – have been evidence of Wimbledon's determination not to fall behind the times. Ritchie has overseen a major rebuilding programme, including construction of new No 2 and No 3 courts. He also played an important role in bringing the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour Finals to London.