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Wimbledon Installs "Champion's Gate" on Centre Court

Wimbledon is big on its traditions. But one of them will end this year.

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Tournament organizers recently installed a new "Champion's Gate" on Centre Court that will allow new champions easier access to their friends and family sitting in the player's box.

1987 men's champion Pat Cash started the impromptu tradition of winners climbing on top of commentary box roofs to reach his family. Ever since, new winners have made the now traditional trek, sometimes needing help from staff and even fans to get there.

The gate will allow players access to stairs leading up to the player's box. Though fans and some players objected to the change, organizers said it was to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

"That's really taking the challenge out of it,” Cash said in a recent interview about the change. "If they're fit enough to win Wimbledon, I think they should climb up or have some other sort of challenge. It's way too easy now."

Cash admitted he knew he was doing something different when he started his way up to the player's box. He did so because he wanted to celebrate with his supporters.

"Most of the people who had supported me in those years were in that box at Wimbledon, so it was my way of saying thank you," Cash said.

Marion Bartoli and Andy Murray both made the climb up to the player's box after winning their respective Wimbledon titles last year. In 2008, Rafael Nadal walked across the commentary box to shake hands with the Spanish crown prince and his wife who were in the Royal Box.