“For years lots of archive Wimbledon footage has been kept under lock and key. Most of it is owned by four companies, so that the public only see it when program producers at channels choose to licence it from these various companies and private owners like IMG.

However, the British Pathé film archive has now opened itself up to the public online, meaning that lots of brilliant Wimbledon videos have surfaced for the first time, including a rare interview with Fred Perry, not to mention numerous films of finals, and the public can watch all of these for free.

Here is a YouTube video showing previews from some of the clips. There are also fantastic crowd shots, shots of celebrity spectators and behind the scenes footage of court maintenance as well as an interesting piece on the manufacturing of tennis balls.”

I don’t know about you but I really like watching these old videos with champions like Suzanne Lenglen, René Lacoste, Fred Perry and so on. You can watch some previews online or buy clips (30£, pretty expensive).

Some ex Ball Boys just can’t stop balling. Watch out this awesome video, Ball Boyz II Men first single: End of the court. Enjoy!

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For the first time since 2003, Federer didn’t reach the Wimbledon final. Federer lost in the quarter final to the Czech Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, and he slipped to World No. 3 in the rankings for the first time in nearly seven years.

What a disappointing year for Federer so far, only one title (Australian Open) and two defeats in finals (he lost to Nadal in Madrid and Hewitt in Halle). On June 1, Federer lost in the French Open quarterfinals as the defending champion there, too, putting an end to his unprecedented 23 consecutive appearances in major semifinals.

“God, I can’t wait for Paris and Wimbledon to come around next year again, that’s for sure, because they’ve been frustrating tournaments for me, even though it wasn’t too bad. Quarters is a decent result,” Federer said, as if trying to convince himself along with everyone else.

“Obviously, people think quarters is shocking, but people would die to play in quarterfinal stages of Grand Slam play,”. “It’s not something I’m used to doing — losing in quarterfinals — because it’s not something I’ve done in the last six years.”

Can Federer bounce back and win the US Open? Please share your thoughts.

Will Federer win the US Open this year?

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A couple months ago, Borsalino announced a partnership with Sergio Tacchini.
Now to celebrate the up coming tennis season they have launched a new hat collection which includes two exclusive models respectively called Roma and Wimbledon.

Sergio Tacchini x Borsalino

Roma model:

Sergio Tacchini x Borsalino

Sergio Tacchini x Borsalino

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Upset of the day 1:
Last year’s runner-up Andy Roddick crashes out to Yen-Hsun Lu in 5 sets. Roddick lost in five gruelling sets, surrendering 9-7 in the last after four-and-a-half hours. Lu became the first Chinese Taipei player to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and the first man from Asia to reach the quarterfinals at a Major in fifteen years.

Upset of the day 2: Petra Kvitova defeats Caroline Wozniacki 6-0 6-2
Really can somebody explain me, how you can be world number 3 and lose 0 and 2 to a player who had never won a match at Wimbledon before this year. Really? Wozniacki’s Grand Slam performance are really disappointing since last year’s US Open final. It’s time to wake up, Caroline.

Battle of Belgium:
It was Manic Monday’s most expected match, and comeback queens Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters didn’t disappoint.
Their last meeting on grass was in the semifinals of Wimbledon 2006 and Henin won it. This time Kim overpowered Justine in 3 sets: 2-6 6-2 6-3. Kim leads now their head to head 13-12.

Battle of Wimbledon champions:
Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 7-6 6-4, she will meet Li Na who beat the former Wimbledon junior champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-2.

Other results: Nadal, Federer and Murray cruise through quarterfinals in straight sets. Djokovic defeated former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt in 4 sets.

Today’s women’s quarterfinals:
Serena Williams vs. Li Na
Petra Kvitova vs. Kaia Kanepi
Kim Clijsters vs. Vera Zvonareva
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Venus Williams
Pretty difficult to be excited for those matches, what do you think?

Men’s quarterfinals:
Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych
Novak Djokovic vs Yen-Hsun Lu
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andy Murray
Robin Soderling vs Rafael Nadal