WIMBLEDON has added powdered paint to its banned substances list in a bid to stop eco-yob protests like those taking place at Ashes this week.
Tennis tournament security personnel will search incoming spectators and confiscate such substances.
Padlocks, glue and zip ties are also banned to discourage activists from locking themselves in nets.
But bosses will be telling the stars not to risk injury by mimicking cricketer Jonny Bairstow, who whisked away protester Knorr at Lord’s.
The Sun previously revealed the unpopular group are planning to glue themselves to the Center Court lawn.
One activist told an undercover Sun reporter: “A picture of someone’s hand taped to something on Center Court would be amazing.”
“That would be very inspiring.
“A lot of people are ready for that.”
In response to the new threat, this year’s tournament is set to increase security.
Michelle Dite, Operations Director at the All England Club, said: “Based on events at other sporting events and on the advice of our key partners, we have reviewed our safety plans and have now adjusted them accordingly for the Championships.”
“Our entry requirements, updated in April 2023, include guidance on prohibited items and disruptive behavior. Violations of these terms will be dealt with in accordance with our Code of Conduct.
“We have plans to mitigate the risks by working with specialist agencies and the Metropolitan Police. Should an incident occur, the appropriate specialist teams will respond.”
Asked in April about possible protests against Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion at Wimbledon 2023, chief executive Sally Bolton said: “There have been a number of incidents recently that are affecting the planning that we are going to carry out.”
“The image is still in the making and our plans will evolve over time.
“I would urge everyone who is participating in the championships to be considerate of those who are also participating in the championships.
“With our site conditions, which apply to everyone, the safety of all visitors is paramount, but even more important is the enjoyment of all visitors.”
Security expert Paul Foster told The Sun that the tournament was “ready” for the protesters who would try to run onto the pitch during the games.