Andy Murray and Fred Perry

Andy Murray and his wife, Kim, have launched a charity raffle to win a tennis ball signed by Murray and the late tennis legend Fred Perry:

“Several years ago we were handed a very special package. A tube of white tennis balls that had been signed by the late Fred Perry, accompanied by a note from their owner, Gail Sargent.

Gail was a lifelong tennis player and had met Fred on his visit to Maresfield Tennis Club in 1994. Over a decade later she watched a young Andy Murray practising at a different tennis club, and was so impressed with his potential that she decided to gift him with the signed balls for him to do with what he saw fit. Gail was battling ovarian cancer, and sadly passed away in 2010.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2013, and after the ghost of Fred Perry had been extinguished on Centre Court at Wimbledon, he somehow resurfaced in our home as we stumbled across Gail’s parcel that had been tucked away, waiting patiently. Instantly Andy signed all three of the white balls and we realised that we had captured something unique.

The tennis world and beyond has been rocked in recent years by the tragic loss of Elena Baltacha, and coupled with Ross Hutchins’ battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma we are reminded that not one of us is immune to this horrible disease. So many charities work tirelessly to help those affected by all forms of cancer.

We have decided to raffle one of the signed tennis balls in Gail’s memory, with the entire proceeds donated to the hospice that cared for her in accordance with the wishes of her husband, Richard.

St. Peter & St. James hospice in Sussex has been providing specialist care for patients for nearly 40 years, and is largely dependent on the generosity of the local community in order to fund its services. The hospice provides support free of charge to patients and their families, helping them to cope during illness and upon bereavement. This year they need to raise more than £2.6million through fundraising, which is £7,200 every single day.

A second ball will be displayed at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum from 23 June. Visit Wimbledon.com/Museum to find out how to visit. The third ball will remain with us.

We hope that this raffle can raise much needed funds for the hospice and enables them to continue the wonderful work that they do.

The draw takes place on 12th July and you can enter up until midnight on 10th July 2015.

Thanks for your participation

Andy & Kimberly Murray

Enter the raffle at: www.raffleplayer.com/andymurray

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Long known for running shoes and casual footwear, New Balance has recently branched out into football, baseball, tennis and cricket. They signed Milos Raonic in 2013 and Heather Watson early this year.

Heather Watson New Balance outfit

Heather Watson

Heather will face Serena Williams in the third round tomorrow.

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Ralph Lauren Wimbledon 2015 collection

Ralph Lauren celebrates a decade as the official outfitter of Wimbledon with a brand new collection, featuring limited edition styles you can wear on and off the court.

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon 2015 collection

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon 2015 collection

A few of our favorite pieces from the collection:

– the Wimbledon color-blocked polo, a striped ribbed polo collar, flag screen-printed at the left sleeve:

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon collection

– the Wimbledon cotton jacket, a preppy cotton jersey jacket featuring a “P.R.L. All England Club” and crossed-rackets crest.

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon collection

– the Wimbledon ball boy jacket, this cotton jacket features a “The Championships Wimbledon” logo patch and Ralph Lauren signature embroidered Big Pony:

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon collection

– the Wimbledon canvas duffel, with a Wimbledon W Tennis 15″ screen-printed at the front.

Ralph Lauren collection

You can buy the collection online, at Ralph Lauren Bond Street store and Wimbledon on-site shop.

Follow our Wimbledon 2015 coverage.

Roger Federer Wimbledon shoes

Roger Federer‘s Wimbledon shoe is the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5 Safari, available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt.

Roger Federer Wimbledon shoes

Roger Federer Wimbledon shoes

Roger Federer Wimbledon shoes

Roger Federer Wimbledon shoes

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Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Safari

2-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal will wear the Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 “Safari”. A clean white and metallic silver aesthetic complete with Safari print:

Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Safari

Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Safari

Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Safari

The Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 “Safari” is available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt.

Serena Williams NikeCourt Flare shoe

Engineered specifically for Serena Williams, the NikeCourt Flare delivers stability through a lightweight, minimal design. The shoe, designed by Aaron Cooper at Nike, was created in response to Serena’s ankle issues.

“At the time, I was having issues rolling my ankle,” Williams says. “So I wanted to create a shoe that would give me a lot of stability and make me a better player.”

According to Cooper, the silhouette was inspired by the collection of KOBE signature shoes, kung fu masters and the idea of footwear being an extension of the body.

“Serena was looking for a shoe with more stability that was bigger and more built up,” Cooper says. “What she actually needed was the complete opposite; something that was less built up and with a lower profile. She needed something that would really work with her as a second skin.”

NikeCourt Flare shoe

NikeCourt Flare shoe

The NikeCourt flare will be Serena Williams’ tennis shoe for Wimbledon.

“This shoe really is an extension of my foot,” Williams says. “And when you think about it, if you’re at home in your house and you don’t have shoes on, you just don’t think about anything else. It’s just your body. And that’s what this shoe is all about.”

Serena Williams NikeCourt Flare shoes

Learn more about the design process:

The NikeCourt Flare, a women’s only model, is now available in select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt.