Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered to be the biggest and the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877 as today my assignment was to go shoot features of the venue for a story that one of the writers was working on.
After it taking an hour to get there via the Tube, I was ready to get to work. There was just one small problem. It was 1pm and the light was awful. So I did what I could with the harsh light but I had to wait. I sat at a restaurant in the food court for a few hours waiting for the sun to set, which makes for better images.
Nice overall view of the court on a beautiful day in London.
These statues are of former female tennis players which each achieved something special. Angela Mortimer the first statue was partially deaf and only won once at The Championship. Next, Ann Haydon-Jones, she won a total of eight Grand Slam championships during her career: three in singles, three in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Last, Virginia Wade She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships. She won the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament’s centenary year, and remains the last Briton to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament.
Here is the entrance to the club area where I am sure you have to donate lots of cash to be part of.
Now that the light was getting better, it was time to get to work! I climbed to the last row of the stadium to shoot a nice clean picture of the court. The black with the green really brings contrast to this picture.
As I was walking back down, I noticed the court reflected in a piece of glass.
Then once I got down to the lower court area, I started chatting with the head grounds keeper and he said if I want about 10 minutes he would be moving the roof to the other side and watering the grass.
I swung back out to the main spectator area to knock off some frames with 2012 London Olympics signage.
I noticed these giant Olympic Rings in a fenced in area atop of a small hill looking over the enter Wimbledon Park. This picture would have been better if the rings where in the sun instead of the shade, but o’well nothing I can do!
With over 200+ countries competing in the Olympics, a large group of flags were being proudly displayed.
The Championship Wimbledon logo.
Then right before I left, I wanted to take a look at the court one more time and they had this giant tent over the court to help protect the grass.
That wraps up a day of Exploring at Wimbledon!