Category Archives: Around the Grounds

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The New Court 3

Building work on the new No.3 Court remains on schedule, with the outer structure of the stadium now largely complete. Construction has been continuing since the end of the 2009 Championships, with the 2,000 seater stadium – built over the old Court 2 and Court 3 – ready for the 2011 Championships.

Snow at Wimbledon

Heavy snow fell at Wimbledon on 6 January 2010. Here are some photographs taken around the grounds at the All England Club.