London - They are the soundtrack of sport this summer, but vuvuzelas will not be making a racket at Wimbledon in south London, organisers have said.
According to the UKPA, the droning Soccer World Cup horns have been banned by the All England Club amid fears they could distract players.
Wimbledon will be a Soccer World Cup-free zone, with no games in South Africa being played on the big screens at London SW19. Even fans brandishing large flags will be stopped from getting in under the new rules.
A Wimbledon spokesperson said of the vuvuzelas: "From a noise point of view they could be very distracting to the players and spectators. We think the fans will understand. We understand that people would like to follow the World Cup, but there are plenty of ways to do that without watching it here on the big screens."
The usual fortnight of indifferent weather, tonnes of strawberries and British sporting agony begins on Monday.
Some 450 000 people are expected to pass through the gates over the fortnight.