Wimbledon wants to remove “Miss” and “Mrs” from the honor rolls

Tennis star Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Serena Williams stands next to the Wimbledon roll of honor after winning 2002 (Image: Getty)

Wimbledon will no longer have the titles ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ in front of previous female champions on their rolls of honor.

Over the years, the tennis grand slam has become known for its prestigious plaques scattered around the grounds of the All England Club.

Since the tournament began in 1884, the boards have had the prefix “Miss” or “Mrs” before the name of all previous female winners.

However, according to The Times, Wimbledon have decided to abolish the prefixes as part of the modernisation.

They will also change the tradition of listing female champions who are married with their husbands’ initials and last names.

Three years ago, the All England Club waived the requirement for players to be introduced on the field by either ‘Miss’ or ‘Mrs’.

However, it is believed Wimbledon will continue to use the terms ‘gentlemen’ and ‘ladies’ to describe the action.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray doesn’t think WImbledon will have an exhibition feel this year (Image: Getty)

This latest news comes after the ATP and WTA stripped Wimbledon of their ranking points this year in response to the Grand Slam’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players due to the war in Ukraine.

A host of stars including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lashed out at the All England Club over the ‘unfair’ treatment of their peers.

Meanwhile, the likes of Naomi Osaka, a former world No. 1 and four-time Slam winner, have suggested she could skip Wimbledon with no ranking points offered.

This week Andy Murray said he did not agree with this year’s championship being reduced to an exhibition, likening the event at SW19 to the Masters in golf.

He said: “I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the Masters winner gets.

“Me and my friends love football and none of us know or care how many ranking points a team gets for winning the World Cup, but I could tell you exactly who won.

“Most Wimbledon viewers don’t care how many points a player gets for winning a third round match.

“Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and will never feel like an exhibition.”

MORE: Andy Murray responds to Naomi Osaka over Wimbledon comments on ‘exhibition’

MORE : Naomi Osaka could miss Wimbledon due to ranking points removal

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