Monthly Archives: May 2009

Five French Open winners who failed at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal did it last year and Bjorn Borg did it three times in a row, but winning the French Open then Wimbledon has been a step too far for many of the game’s greats. Here’s our top five who came close but for nothing.

Wimbledon fashion flashback: Serena Williams 2008

Serena Williams has always been her own women and that’s something reflected in her choice of outfits – remember the raincoat at 2008?

Wimbledon’s greatest rivalries

Here’s my top-five greatest Wimbledon rivalries. Can you think of any better ones? 1. Martina Navratilova v Chris Evert 2. Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal 3. Boris Becker v Stefan Edberg 4. Bjorn Borg v John McEnroe 5. Serena Williams v Venus Williams

How the ‘Graveyard of champions’ got its name

The All England Club announced last Friday it would build a new court on the site of Court 2. “The new court, containing enhanced spectator amenities, will be built on the site of old Court 2 (capacity of 2,192 + 770 standing). The work will start in July 2009 and be completed by May 2011.” […]

Wimbledon fashion flashback: Maria Sharapova 2008

Before her first appearance at the 2008 Championships, Maria Sharapova’s sponsor and clothing supplier Nike announced that her outfit that year had a, “modified racer back for better range of motion” — whatever that means — and that “Maria will also be wearing Tiffany Swing Triple Drop Earrings with diamonds set in platinum, that retail […]

A day at the museum

On my way to and from work each day I am often stopped by tourists and asked to take their photo outside the Wimbledon gates. It seems there is always someone making a pilgrimage to the Championships. This week things got better for tennis pilgrams because Centre Court is now back on the itinerary of […]

Meet Ana, world junior number two and Wimbledon blogger

Meet Ana Bogdan, who is 16 years old and ranked number two in the world for junior tennis (click here to see her ITF profile). She will be playing at Junior Wimbledon this year and will be writing the occasional blog for us. We hope you enjoy her insights.

Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s Crown

The All England Club today has launched Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s Crown a lavish coffee table book celebrating one of sport’s most historic and iconic venues. The book is available at the Wimbledon Online Shop (£25).

Roof a re-sound-ing success, say players

On a day which can only be described as a huge success for the All England Club, the new Centre Court roof received a huge vote of confidence from Tim Henman, Kim Clijsters, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf after their exhibition matches.

Rain doesn’t stop play on Centre Court’s big day

First, strangely, the good news: it rained. When could such an event at Wimbledon ever be said to be good news? Answer: on the day the new Centre Court roof was unveiled in front of a capacity crowd and a worldwide television audience.

Clijsters shows she’s ready for full-time return

It may have been billed as a fun event to mark the start of a new chapter for the All England Club, but one of today’s participants says that the Centre Court Celebration could just be the moment that changes her life.

Kisses not misses during Graf and Agassi’s love game

Sometimes, somebody, somewhere has a brilliant idea. It is not recorded whose masterstroke it was to invite Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf to be two of the four players chosen to play the exhibition Centre Court Celebration event under the new roof, but – whoever it was – give that person a gold star.

Classy day of sport and song celebrates Centre Court’s new roof

Like everything that Wimbledon does it was, of course, a class act. The baptising of the Centre Court roof, perfectly organised and professionally presented by “a bunch of amateurs” as the All England Club tend to call themselves, had the lot. Star names to baptise the grass ahead of the 2009 Championships, a full house of […]

Agassi big draw for Centre Court fans

As the clock ticked one minute past midday, eager tennis fans began flocking into the grounds of SW19 for the Centre Court Celebration and there was one name on everybody’s lips – Andre Agassi. The effervescent American’s popularity transcended the generations among the crowd with teenagers and pensioners reeling off his name as the player […]

Agassi tips Andy Murray for Grand Slam success

Andy Murray has the pedigree to become a multiple Grand Slam winner, according to former Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi. Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday’s Centre Court Celebration event, the American dismissed the notion that the Scot wasn’t ready yet for a Grand Slam victory. “I think he will win multiple Grand Slams. His […]

Agassi, Henman and Clijsters looking forward to Centre Court Celebration

Andre Agassi is excited to be partnering wife Steffi for Sunday’s Centre Court Celebration. The 1992 Wimbledon champion revealed how he and his spouse jumped at the chance to play in the one-off event when they received the call last autumn. “This is an honour to be part of history here… [Wimbledon] meant a lot […]

Centre Court calls Kim out of retirement

Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters has thanked Wimbledon for reigniting her passion to play and enticing her out of retirement. The Belgian, who retired in May 2007, said it was the call from the All England Club to play in Sunday’s Centre Court Celebration that stoked her competitive spirit. “I have to thank Wimbledon […]

A Centre Court Celebration

This Sunday (17 May) sees the first tennis matches played under Wimbledon’s new Centre Court roof at A Centre Court Celebration. Four legends, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters will be playing on the day in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000, while singing stars Katherine Jenkins, Faryl Smith and Blake […]

Family ties at Wimbledon

There have always been family ties binding Wimbledon together, right back to the 1882 men’s singles final between British brothers W.C Renshaw and J.E. Renshaw. But Wimbledon 2009 could be the biggest family reunion at the Championships ever.

Do you love Andre Agassi too?

How do you explain the love affair between Andre Agassi and Wimbledon? He had pigeon toes, bandy legs, no serve to speak of and he didn’t really like grass as a surface, yet somehow Wimbledon grew to love Andre Agassi and Agassi loved Wimbledon.