Jocelyn Rae of Great Britain poses for a selfie with fans after her Mixed Doubles first round match with Colin Fleming against Scott Lipsky of the United States and Jie Zheng of China on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2014 in London, England
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April 27, 2015 10:44 AM EDT

The Wimbledon tennis tournament has banned selfie sticks.

The Sunday Times reports that the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club referred the “nuisance value” of the accessory (a monorod that is supposed to make taking selfies on cell phones easier) in a statement and said the fans will be prohibited from bringing them into the Grounds so as not to “interfere with spectators’ enjoyment.”

In the last few months, art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have also banned the device because of concerns that visitors waving selfie sticks could damage the artworks.

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