Monthly Archives: May 2010

Step back in time with a modern twist

If there is anyone still labouring under the hopelessly outdated impression that museums are dusty and boring, one visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum should put them right. The sheer variety of items and information is fascinating, and the presentation never fails to spark interest. Above all, the marriage of tradition with 21st century […]

Tending Wimbledon’s grass roots

The time is rapidly approaching when Wimbledon’s head groundsman, Eddie Seaward, will be looking forward to working a 17-hour day. Looking forward to it with relish, too, since it will mean that the 2010 Championships, his 20th year in charge of preparing the playing surfaces, is under way. An indication of the mounting demand on […]

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail…

The summer of 2011 will see The All England Club celebrate its 125th Championships but in the meantime another big milestone has just passed. May 17 marked the first anniversary of the official opening of the Centre Court roof, that gloriously memorable Sunday afternoon when even the distinguished participants, Steffi Graf and her husband Andre Agassi, […]

Roland Garros starts today

Today sees the start of the French Open. Roger Federer and Svetlana Kuznetsova will be defending the titles they won last year, while two former champions, Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin, will be looking to reclaim the singles crowns they each won four times previously. Although Federer and Nadal have pulled off the rare feat […]

2010 Roland Garros draw

The draw for the 2010 French Open was revealed today, with 2009 champions Roger Federer and Svetlana Kuznetsova present at the Roland Garros Tennis Museum, to draw the seeds for the women’s and men’s singles respectively.

Wimbledon 2010: at a glance

Key facts about the 2010 Wimbledon Championships at a glance. Dates: June 21 – July 4, 2010. Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Surface: Grass. Official ball: Slazenger (since 1902). Host broadcaster: The BBC. KEY FIGURES Patron: Her Majesty The Queen. President: HRH The Duke of Kent. Tournament director: Ian Ritchie. […]

Roger and Rafa: normal service resumes

After a 12-month hiatus, Sunday’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open final saw the eagerly anticipated resumption of Roger Federer’s rivalry with Rafael Nadal. Nadal and Federer have spend their on-court lives trying to knock lumps out of each other and yet, when the dust has settled, they form a remarkable double act. Respectful and amicable, they […]

Poet serves up Wimbledon chapter and verse

The Wimbledon Championships will have an official poet in residence for the first time in 2010, capturing the tournament’s every “triumph and disaster” in verse. In 2009, contributions by poets Niall O’Sullivan, Nii Parkes and Roger Robinson proved hugely popular on official website http://www.wimbledon.org. This year ‘Championships Poet’ Matt Harvey will depict every facet of […]

Tickets for tennis at the O2 go on sale

There was a warm welcome from Wimbledon’s six-time champion Roger Federer and the All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie at a media conference in London to announce the opening of ticket sales for the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena from 21-28 November. In a filmed message Federer reaffirmed that […]

Federer keen to kick-start season at Madrid

The Madrid Masters proved to be a turning point for Roger Federer last year: by winning the tournament, he established himself as a serious contender on clay which was realised in his victory at the French Open. A couple of weeks later he underlined his pre-eminance on the tour by regaining his Wimbledon title on […]

Murray looking forward to Wimbledon

Andy Murray during Wimbledon 2009 (© AFP)   The 2010 Championships, an occasion Andy Murray is eagerly anticipating, will present a different sort of challenge for the Scot this time round. A year ago, the 22-year-old surged into Wimbledon at the peak of a devastating run of form. He had won 41 of his 48 […]

Hingis and Kournikova to play in the invitation doubles at Wimbledon

Former champion Martina Hingis has announced she will be teaming up with Anna Kournikova in the ladies’ invitation doubles at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. Twenty nine year-old Hingis won five singles grand slam titles during her career, including the ladies’ singles title at Wimbledon in 1997. En route to the final that year, the Swiss beat Kournikova in the semi-finals in the […]

Nadal given new lease of life in Masters wins

The sight of red brick dust staining his socks and scuffing his shoes seems to have given Rafael Nadal a new lease of life. Victories in Monte Carlo and Rome mean the 2008 Wimbledon champion has now won two consecutive clay court Masters titles in the space of three weeks. Perhaps more importantly for his chances at Roland […]