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Wimbledon’s Centre Court

WWII: The Bombing of Wimbledon’s Centre Court

Every aspect of life in Britain was impacted by World War 2. Between 1939 and 1945, the Allies fought in the devastating conflict, which involved 61 countries and caused the deaths of more than 50 million people around the world. Life changed for everyone. Even the historic game of tennis

Norman Brookes

Norman Brookes: The First Tennis Player to be Knighted

The first tennis player to be awarded a Knighthood was Norman Brookes – who started out playing Australian rules football until he discovered his true vocation. Always impeccably turned out on court, in long trousers and immaculate shoes, he was the first overseas winner of the Wimbledon men’s singles tournament.

Old Tennis Rackets

The Tennis Racket: A Brief History

Tennis is the sixth most popular sport in the world, with 60 million people playing regularly, according to research. Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in March, the number of players in Britain had increased, with an extra 131,019 taking up the sport in 12 months, according to the Lawn Tennis

When was Tennis Invented?

When was Tennis Invented?

There has been much debate over the years about when tennis was invented and who originally came up with the idea. Although there isn’t one individual who can be credited with its invention, there’s no doubt it has become one of the world’s most popular sports today. Research reveals tennis

Battle of the Brits: A Socially Distanced Grand Slam

Battle of the Brits: A Socially Distanced Grand Slam

Tennis player Jamie Murray is organising a Battle of the Brits socially distanced tournament – featuring his brother Andy among his team of aces. The special Grand Slam tennis championship will be a boon for players and fans missing their favourite summer sport due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Tennis has

Tennis Court Maintenance: The Dos and Don'ts

Tennis Court Maintenance: The Dos and Don’ts

This is the time of year when essential tennis court maintenance needs to be carried out, in preparation for the summer. Normally, the tennis season would be in full swing by now and we would be looking forward to Wimbledon at the end of June. However, due to the coronavirus

Esther Vergeer

Esther Vergeer: The Most Dominant Player in History

Paralympic tennis star Esther Vergeer has been hailed the most dominant player in history, thanks to her outstanding professional career. She won every Grand Slam singles tournament which she entered, enjoying an amazing winning streak of 470 consecutive matches, spanning a ten-year period. As the world’s number one wheelchair tennis

Virtual Madrid Open

Virtual Madrid Open

The world’s top tennis players are taking part in a virtual tournament later this month to raise money for worthy causes. The virtual version of the Madrid Open is being organised after the real event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Former world number one Andy Murray has agreed

Monica Seles

Monica Seles: Attacked on Court

Monica Seles was a tennis phenomenon, winning eight Grand Slam titles as a teenager between 1990 and 1993. In the early part of her career, it seemed inevitable she would go on to become one of the most decorated tennis players of all time. © lev radin / Shutterstock.com Then,

Ball Kid

Tennis: The Requirements of a Ball Kid

For many youngsters, it’s their dream come true to become a ball boy or ball girl at a major tennis tournament such as Wimbledon. Standing on the Centre Court and mingling with the world’s top players may seem like more of a pleasure – but it’s much harder work than