Wimbledon continues to battle the rain

The roof over Wimbledon's Centre Court was closed on Thursday for the first time during this year's tournament.

After three days of dry weather, showers caused the first rain delay at the championships and organizers decided to shut the retractable roof over Centre Court.
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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: (EDITORS NOTE: A neutral density camera filter was used for this image.) Groundstaff remove the covers from court fourteen on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: The groundstaff remove the covers from court ten prior to play on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Court covers keep the outside tennis courts dry during rain at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 28, 2013 in London, England. Rain has delayed play on the outside courts today on day five of the tournament. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Non-ticket holders shelter in a tent as they wait in a field near the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 28, 2013 in London, England. Rain has delayed play on the outside courts today on day five of the tournament. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Umpires and line judges walk to the courts at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 28, 2013 in London, England. Rain has delayed play on the outside courts today on day five of the tournament. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Security staff wait with spectators for the opening of the gates at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 28, 2013 in London, England. Rain has delayed play on the outside courts today on day five of the tournament. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators wait in the rain for play to resume on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A spectator waits for play to resume wrapped in a Union flag decorated blanket on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Ground staff pull the rain covers off Centre Court under a closed roof after rain interrupted play during the Ladies' Singles second round match between Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Mathilde Johansson of France on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators wait in the rain for play to resume on Court One on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A spectator waits for play to resume under a wrap around umbrella on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators wait under umbrellas for play to resume on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators wait in the rain for play to resume on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators shelter from the rain during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators and staff wait for play to resume on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted on some courts due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A steward (R) waits under an umbrella as rain interupts play on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. Play has been disrupted due to rain. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators shelter from the rain during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Spectators shelter from the rain during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Ground staff pull the rain covers across Centre Court as rain interrupts play during the Ladies' Singles second round match between Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Mathilde Johansson of France on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A spectator shelters under an umbrella as rain interrupts play during the Ladies' Singles second round match between Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Mathilde Johansson of France on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

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