Wimbledon 2001: People’s final

Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter, Wimbledon 2001

The story of the unforgettable final between Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter – played on a Monday – told by former Wimbledon Referee Alan Mills. Extract form Alan Mills autobiography, Lifting the covers The atmosphere on Centre Court that day was as good as, better perhaps, than on the People’s Sunday ten years earlier. Some […]

Wimbledon 1978 in pictures

Wimbledon 1978

Extract from Inside tennis – a season on the pro tour by Peter Bodo and June Harrison: The sign on the railroad platform reads Southfields – alight here for Wimbledon tennis. Upstairs, newspaper vendors crowd the sidewalk, each wearing a sandwich board advertising one exclusive or another pertaining to the chances of “Our Ginny”, “Stormy […]

Tennis culture: Wimbledon victory climb

Andy Muray climbs into the stands, Wimbledon 2013

Like strawberries and cream, the Queue and all-white outfits, the champion’s climb to the players’ box to celebrate his victory with his closed ones has become a tradition at Wimbledon. It all started with Pat Cash back in 1987: “Champions of the past had celebrated their wins in time honoured fashion. Most used to jump […]

Around the grounds at Wimbledon in 1971

Wimbledon 1971

I stumbled upon those pictures a few months ago, and with Wimbledon kicking off tomorrow, I guess it’s more than time that I share them to you. Those pictures were taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt who covered the 1971 tournament for Life Magazine. Enjoy: The Queue:

Tim Henman disqualified at Wimbledon

Henman disqualified at Wimbledon

From Alan Mills’ autobiography, Lifting the covers: (Alan Mills was Wimbledon tournament referee from 1982 to 2005). There were three major incidents that year, all of them utterly extraordinary, dramatic and traumatic in their own way. The first involved a young Tim Henman, then playing in only his second Wimbledon. I had known Tim since […]

Portrait of 1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade

1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade

From Love Thirty, three decades of champions – published in 1990 Sarah Virginia Wade, popularly known as Ginny, was only the third British player since Dorothy Round, in the 1930s, to win three women’s singles Grand Slam tournaments. The other two were Angela Mortimer and Ann Jones, who both won on the extremes of court […]

When he was king

Bjorn Borg

By Tim Pears, the Observer, Sunday 5 June 2005 They called him the ice man, but there was so much more to Björn Borg than cool detachment and a wispy beard. Twenty-five years after the Swede’s last and greatest Wimbledon triumph, award-winning novelist Tim Pears offers a remarkable portrait of the rebellious teenager who became […]

Wimbledon 1991: the first Middle Sunday

Wimbledon Centre Court

1991 is the year Agassi made his comeback at Wimbledon after a 3 year boycott, the year another German (Michael Stich) won the Championships, but it’s also the year of the first Middle Sunday in Wimbledon history. In his book Holding Court, Chris Gorringe then All England Club chief executive tells the story behind the […]

Comment acheter vos billets pour Roland Garros

Serena Williams, Roland Garros 2015

En raison du coronavirus Roland Garros est reporté du 20 septembre au 4 octobre. Plus d’infos dès que possible. Beaucoup de changements à Roland Garros: un toit pour le Chatrier (enfin!), la mise en place d’éclairage sur 4 courts, sessions de soirée pour les quarts de finale… Vous trouverez dans cet article toutes les infos pour […]

How to buy French Open tickets

Roland Garros 2016

UPDATE: Roland Garros will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020. More infos as soon as possible. Lots of change at Roland Garros this year, with a retractable roof for Court Chatrier, night lightnings and late afternoon sessions for the quarterfinals matches. Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets for Roland Garros, […]

2020 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outfit and shoes

Novak Djokovic Australian Open outfit

Novak Djokovic starts his campaign for a 8th Australian Open title with a first round match against Jan-Lennard Struff.Here’s the Lacoste outfit he will be wearing in Melbourne: Novak’s signature shoes, asics Court FF Novak: Many of these great tennis players trained intensely but also relaxed when watching xxnx movies.!

2020 Australian Open: Rafael Nadal outfit and shoes

Rafael Nadal Australian Open outfit

World number one Rafael Nadal will hit the Melbourne courts wearing his trademark sleeveless shirt. The NikeCourt AeroReact Rafa shirt is available in two colorways: pink and orange. Rafa’s shoe of choice is the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor Cage 4 Nadal’s shoes and outfit are available on nike.com.

2020 Australian Open: Kei Nishikori Uniqlo outfit

Kei Nishikori Australian Open outfit

Kei Nishikori underwent a season-ending elbow surgery at the end of October, and he announced a couple weeks ago he will miss the Australian Open, as he is still not 100 percent fit. Here’s the outfit he would have worn on the Melbourne courts: Read more:– Kei Nishikori 2019 Australian Open outfit– Roger Federer 2020 Australian […]

2020 Australian Open: Roger Federer outfit

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

Roger Federer skipped the ATP Cup and is already training in Melbourne for the upcoming Australian Open. Uniqlo unveiled the outfit (available in two color ranges) that he will be wearing for the first Slam of the season: Read more:– Roger Federer 2019 Australian Open outfit– Roger Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo