Author Archives: Wimbledon

Tales from the Wimbledon groundstaff – September

We caught up with Head Groundsman designate Neil Stubley to learn about what’s been going on around the Grounds at the AELTC this September…  September is about renovation, and the closing of the grass courts. The Members will have their end of season grass court tournament which they had last Saturday, so now officially the […]

Tales from the Wimbledon groundstaff – August

Interspersed with several grass court tournaments and a lot of play for members, August sees the continued renovation of the grass courts at the All England Club. Head Groundsman designate Neil Stubley updates us on what’s been going on around the grounds… Grass court seminar “We had about 22 people here over two days to […]

Just another day in stats at SW19…

Our Australian visitors, David Steed and Rowena Rosales, who worked on the IBM statistics team for Wimbledon 2011, give us their take on a typical day working at The Championships…   8:00am Wake up. What, no Vegemite for breakfast!? A cup of tea will suffice (English Breakfast of course!). 10:00am Stroll through Wimbledon Park on […]

Tales from the Wimbledon groundstaff – July

Head Groundsman designate Neil Stubley updates us on what’s been going on around the Grounds in July… “The Championships was very good from our point of view. Exactly what we wanted. A bit of rain, a bit of sun, and it finished on time. We got some good feedback on the courts, and about the […]

From Paris to London in stats

June is a slightly terrifying time at the All England Club. Structures and edifices are rising at a rate of knots, in places you did not know even existed. What was once a car park is now the Long Bar, mere patches of grass are being transformed into fully-fledged tennis courts complete with seats, lines […]

Tales from the Wimbledon groundstaff – June

June has arrived, and with it, 19 immaculate grass courts, nipped, tucked and ready to go for the commencement of The Championships, 2011 in seven days time. For Eddie Seaward, Neil Stubley and the eager team of groundstaff at the All England Club, much of the hard work has already been done in preparing the […]

Tales from the Wimbledon groundstaff – May

The activity around the Grounds during the month of May at the All England Club ramps up several notches, as the furniture is assembled around the courts, and the numbers of people on site go up and up and up. With just a month to go until The Championships, May is about cramming in as […]

Notes from some statistically-minded visitors

Ever spotted someone sitting on a computer at the end of a Wimbledon court? They are the famous IBM-ers, a group of tennis-mad youngsters who gather together for each Grand Slam to chart the statistics of each match. Those serve percentages you see on the TV? Those numbers reeled off by commentators? They all come […]

Counting down the days to Roland Garros

If you’ve been mulling over the recent results on the clay, then you’ll no doubt be extremely excited to know that the Roland Garros 2011 website has just gone live, meaning there’s just 14 days till the year’s second Grand Slam kicks off in Paris. So get out your croissants and cafe cremes, your garlic […]

The faces behind Wimbledon’s flowers

Wimbledon is now less than two months away, and behind the scenes Emma Smyth and her merry band of gardeners have been furiously weeding, watering, digging and planting. As general manager of Natural Green, the creative design and landscaping firm which has a year round contract with Wimbledon, it is Smyth’s job to ensure the grounds are as […]

Tales from the Wimbledon groundstaff – April

Wimbledon comes round every year, and every year, as if by magic, players and public are treated to the sight of 19 immaculate grass courts, trimmed and toned to perfection. They are the best grass courts in the world. But, how do they get that way? You may think that a whole load of new […]

Antiques Roadshow at Wimbledon

The BBC television show ‘Antiques Roadshow’ will be at The All England Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday 25 August 2011 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. If you are in the Wimbledon area, you can bring your treasures to the experts on the day, but if you have large pieces of furniture and/or bulky antiques you can’t […]

Tennis Schedule for London 2012

The schedule for the tennis event at the London 2012 Olympics has been released. Tennis for London 2012 will be played at The All England Lawn Tennis Club and will feature Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, between 28 July – 5 August 2012. Tickets go on sale from March […]

Nadal voted Sportsman of the Year

Rafael Nadal has been voted Laureus World Sportsman of the Year after his remarkable 2010 season, where he won Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open and finished as ATP World Tour No. 1 for second time in three years. The Laureus World Sports Awards are among the most prestigious honours on the international sporting […]

Road to Wimbledon Blogs

Updates on the 2010 HSBC Road to Wimbledon Finals are available at:

LOCOG announces details of 2012 Olympic tennis at Wimbledon

LOCOG (London Olympic Committee of the Olympic Games) announced further details of the London 2012 Olympic Games tennis due to be held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Outlining the event , LOCOG Director of Sport Debbie Jevans spoke of the following, highlighting how Wimbledon is going to alter for the Olympic period, with […]

Blogs for the 2010 Wimbledon Championships

Blogs for the 2010 Wimbledon Championships are available at the official tournament website at

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 […]

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 […]