Students from Kingston University won an exclusive competition to design the official poster for the 2012 Wimbledon tennis championship.

Twelve entries were chosen from 52 and condensed into one poster, for the competition that was sponsored by the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Much much better in my opinion than this year’s Roland Garros poster.
My favorite of the 12 mini-posters is the second from the right on the bottom row, designed by Joseph Vass:

“My favourite shot in tennis is the slice! With this as my point of inspiration I created visual slices of the lawn tennis Championships. I included the trophy to signify the heritage of the competition, a racket hitting a ball at high velocity, a crowd transfixed watching a point and the token fruit of Wimbledon.”

You can buy The Championships 2012 Poster at the Official Wimbledon Shop

The Museum holds personal collections of equipment, dress and archive material relating to Wimbledon champions, pioneer players and stars of the court from each generation. This collection is continually updated with new material from competitors on the current professional circuit.

If you enjoy tennis, history of tennis and want to know more about Wimbledon behind the scenes, a visit to the Wimbledon Museum is a must-do. You can also take a Wimbledon guided tour, read my recap here.

A few pics of the player memorabilia collection.

Wimbledon Museum

Outfit worn by Bjorn Borg when he won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon victory in 1980: close-fitting Fila shirt, short shorts, headband, wristband, socks and Diadora shoes.

Wimbledon Museum

Wimbledon Museum
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Borg, McEnroe Wimbledon 1981

I had been famous for a few years now, but Wimbledon in ’81 is where I became infamous.

John McEnroe

Excerpts from McEnroe‘s autobiography, Serious:

“I was unbelievably tense at Wimbledon in 1981 because I knew, after beating Borg at the Open, that I could win it, should win it, would win it – unless disaster struck.
Well, disaster did strike, and kept striking, round after round, and somehow I kept getting through – endearing myself to nobody in the process.

It began at the beginning.

Although this was to become one of my famous matches, I’m positive almost nobody remembers who I played, and when I played it: Tom Gullikson, first round, Wimbledon 1981. Court One.

I had behaved badly at Wimbledon before. I was already Super Brat. Now I upped the ante. Tom could be a pretty tough opponent on grass, but i had a much tougher adversary out there that day. Even though I would eventually win in straight sets 7-6 7-5 6-3, I just couldn’t rest easy when I got ahead: the devils were crawling all over my brain that afternoon. When Gullikson went ahead 4-3 in the second set on a miserable line call, I smashed my Wilson Pro Staff racket, and James issued me a warning. And later, when a linesman called a serve deep that I had clearly seen throw up a spray of chalk, I threw my new racket and gave a scream that came straight from Queens – but that has traveled very far in the years since.”

Man, you cannot be serious!

[youtube width=”480″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekQ_Ja02gTY[/youtube]

You guys are the absolute pits of the world.

The umpire understood “You guys are the piss of the world” and gave Mac a point penalty. McEnroe demanded to see the referee, and yelled:

We’re not going to have a point taken away because this guy is an incompetent fool!

After the match, McEnroe was fined $750 for the obscenity, $750 for an unsportsmanlike comment about the umpire, and threatened with an additional 10000 fine and suspension from the tournament.

And I want you to understand: I felt terrible. I’ve felt awful virtually every time I’ve had one of my on-court meldowns.

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Second part of my Wimbledon guided tour recap.

Millenium Building

Built on the site of the former Number One Court, it houses the players’ and members’ facilities. It is also used in part by print journalists as an international press centre.

Interview rooms:
Interview room

Interview room

Interview room

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Watch the trailer for ‘Live For London’, a film by Tyrone Lebon for Nike 1948.

“London is my city. I was born here. And I grew up here. And I’m very proud to call it home. This film is a celebration of the city set against the backdrop of the approaching summer and Wimbledon excitement. This is a portrait of London; its characters, its buildings, its youth, its sports, its energy, its history, and its future. This is a BIG UP to London.”