Wimbledon bans selfie sticks

The Grand Slam tennis tournament has become the latest sports event to ban the use of the devices, with organisers calling them a “nuisance”.

The All England Club says the decision was made so that selfie sticks do not “interfere with spectators’ enjoyment” during the June 29-July 12 championships.

Selfie sticks are common sights at sports and music venues around the world, as fans use the pole-like device to grasp smartphones and snap self-portraits.

Churchill Downs, which stages the Kentucky Derby, announced this month that selfie sticks were banned for the May 2 race.

A Wimbledon ticketholders’ guide says “in common with many other major sports and entertainment events and cultural attractions, The Championships will not allow selfie sticks into the grounds.”