2019 is well underway, bringing with it the promise of another stellar year of professional tennis. As always, a good handful of major tournaments are set to take place worldwide. All attracting the world-class talent we’ve come to know and love, along with any number of newcomers looking to make their mark on the game.
Nevertheless, there’s one major tennis tournament that’s once again destined to dominate the pro game this year. That event is, of course, Wimbledon. First held more than 140 years ago, the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament is the most prestigious and celebrated event on the annual calendar. Not to mention, one of the most lucrative – a whopping £34 million in prizes being paid out in 2018 alone.
But what is it about Wimbledon that makes it such a standout among tennis tournaments? Why does no other major event carry the same prestige or grandeur as the summer finals in England?
The answer is perhaps most clearly communicated in a series of iconic tennis posters captured over the years. Images that have immortalised some of the most unforgettable moments in professional tennis – all of which took place on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon.
So if you’ve ever wondered what Wimbledon is all about, it’s all about this…
Sidney Wood V Fred Perry Wimbledon (1931)
Fred Perry Takes the Men’s Final (1935)
Rod Laver Dominates Wimbledon (1969)
John McEnroe Argues with the Umpire (1980)
Bjorn Borg: Wimbledon Champion (1980)
Maria Sharapova Hugs Dad After Winning (2004)
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