Wimbledon 2011: Andy Murray adidas Outfit

Wimbledon 2011: Andy Murray adidas Outfit

Wimbledon 2011: Andy Murray adidas Outfit

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As the summer of tennis approaches, Nike Sportswear and Selfridges are serving up a fresh and stylish alternative to queuing from the early hours for a small space on a crowded hill.

In the Ultralounge at Selfridges, located on the London store’s lower-ground floor, fans hungry for something different will find an immersive and stimulating tennis experience.

NSW Selfridges

The arena pays homage to tennis culture adding a modern Nike twist, fusing sporting innovation with quintessential British style. Exhibited throughout are iconic on and off court moments, recounting Nike’s unique impact on the game.

NSW Selfridges

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The Queue is a tradition as integral to the Championships as strawberries and cream, or predominately white clothing.

In 1927 queues started outside the ground at 5 a.m. and more than 2,000 people were turned away. In 1991, when heavy rain caused the game to be delayed to the Middle Sunday for the very first time, the queue stretched for 2.4 km outside the grounds.

The Queue is a very organized affair: on your arrival, an Honorary Steward hands you a numbered card (this custom was started in 2003 after having huge problems with queue jumping in the previous year) and a 40-page booklet called A Guide to Queueing for the Championships.

A ‘Code of Conduct’ applies to the queue, which is kept in check by the Honorary Stewards. The code includes a non-reservation policy, where people queueing must be present in person and may not place equipment to hold their places.
You can find all the info about the queuing experience on the Wimbledon official website.

The Queue exhibition

Wimbledon Museum’s latest exhibition, The Queue, explores the traditions and history of the Wimbledon queue and offering visitors an interesting insight into the very British queueing experience.
The exhibition includes tips for potential Wimbledon queuers and a display of objects collected from queueing over the years. Here are a few pics I took during my Wimbledon guided tour (sorry for the bad quality):

The Queue exhibition
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The new No.3 Court will be officially opened by the Duke of Kent, President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, ahead of the first scheduled match on Monday 20 June, the first day of The Championships. The Duke will perform the coin toss for the opening match, and unveil a commemorative plaque.

The 2,000-seater construction has been built on the site of the old Court 2, ‘the graveyard of Champions’, and is nestled to the south of the Players’ balconies.
The old Court 2 had witnessed some of the biggest Wimbledon upsets, like Andre Agassi loss to Doug Flach in 1996, or Pete Sampras defeat to George Bastl in 2002.

Some pics of the new Court 3 (source: skyscraper city)

Construction of Court 3 (source: skyscraper city)

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All has already been said about the famous Isner/Mahut match, the match that wouldn’t end, the match that broke all records.

Match duration: 11 hours, five minutes
Fifth set duration: Eight hours, 11 minutes
Total number of games: 183
Number of games in fifth set: 138
Total number of points: 980
Isner aces: 112
Mahut aces: 103
Combined aces: 215
Isner winners: 246
Mahut winners: 244

Isner after his marathon victory:

This one’s obviously going to stick with me, probably for the rest of my life. It’s better than a dream because you can’t even dream of something like this. You can dream of winning a match 22-20, maybe 34-32, but not 70-68. In the back of my mind was, as I’m sure it was with him: “I don’t want to be on the losing side of this”

Wimbledon organizers recently unveiled a plaque outside Court 18 honoring the participants of the longest match in tennis history.

Court 18

A few pics of Wimbledon Court 18 I took 2 weeks ago during a Wimbledon guided tour (will talk about it soon) :

Wimbledon Court 18

Wimbledon Court 18

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