London, UK (PRWEB) June 18, 2008
viagogo, Europe's leading secondary ticketing company (http://www.viagogo.co.uk) today announces the news that all tennis fans want to hear - you can get your money back if it rains at Wimbledon this year.
In an industry first, a number of Wimbledon tickets on viagogo will be offered with 'weather refunds', bringing peace of mind to the thousands of people that will flock to this year's Championships. A 100% refund will apply if there is less than 2 hours play because of rain on the court. Fans can now relax knowing they won't be out of pocket if their day at SW19 becomes a wash out.
In recent years, on average fans would have been refunded their money at least once a year under this policy. With the secondary market for Wimbledon worth tens of millions of pounds annually, this would have saved fans millions of pounds in the last five years.
This is the first time that fans buying tickets on the secondary market have been offered any kind of weather protection. In previous years, fans buying Wimbledon tickets on street corners, eBay or rogue websites would not only run the risk of being ripped off or being given a fake ticket, they would also be unable to claim a refund if rain prevented play. The weather refund tickets are available at viagogo Wimbledon Weather Refund.
Eric Baker, CEO of viagogo said: "Wimbledon is a British institution. Unfortunately so is the rain. Rain and Wimbledon go together like strawberries and cream which is why this year we are taking the unprecedented step of offering fans the chance to receive a weather guarantee with their tickets. If the day is rained off, you get your money back. We always put the fan first and this further extends our fan protection, ensuring that tennis fans not only get a 100% guaranteed ticket, but peace of mind if the heavens open on SW19."
- In the past 25 years there have been 5 occasions when the first week has been badly affected by rain with at least 100 matches uncompleted.
- Not since 1995 has there been a tournament that has been completely rain free
- 4 times in the past 15 years play has been extended to the Monday to complete the programme of matches, famously so in 2001to complete the Men's Singles Final.
- Last year's tournament was the wettest in 25 years and the resulting delays meant the men's semi-finals took place the day before the final. Men's champion Roger Federer went six days without playing a match.
- In 1997 and 2004 there were two days that were completely washed out
- In 1997 only 163 matches out of a scheduled 365 had been completed by the end of the first week
- In 1991, 1997 and 2004 the delays were so bad that play was needed on 'Middle Sunday' to complete the backlog of matches.