Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
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In 2017, the Official Championships Poster is a commissioned composition to commemorate three major broadcasting anniversaries with the BBC: 90 years since the first radio broadcast from The Championships, 80 years since the first television broadcast, and 50 years since the first colour television transmission.
Designed in the style of a traditional test card infused with major broadcasting milestones, the poster features photographic highlights from various aspects of Wimbledon on radio and television.
- Freddie Grisewood, one of the first radio commentators, pictured in a radio booth
- “The voice of tennis”, Dan Maskell, pictured in a recording studio
- One of the first broadcast cameras used at Wimbledon
- An image of the BBC’s production studio
- Sue Barker, the face of the BBC’s TV coverage today
- The changing faces of fans at The Championships.
“We enjoy how the composition provides a glimpse into the historic broadcasting journey that has been shared by Wimbledon and the BBC, and features some of the distinguished figures that have joined us along the way, all within the iconic design of a classic test card,” said Philip Brook, Chairman of the All England Club.
Since 1927, this relationship has enabled both Wimbledon and the BBC to operate at the forefront of broadcasting innovation, not least in 1967, when The Championships became the subject of the first colour television broadcast in Europe.
Armed with just three colour cameras and a handful of outside broadcasting units, Sir David Attenborough - then controller of BBC2 - was able to beat the rest of the continent with a four and a half hour colour transmission from Centre Court on 1 July 1967.
“Because of Wimbledon, and because of those three cameras, we beat everyone to the punch,” recalled Attenborough earlier this year.
“So from the BBC’s point of view: Wimbledon, we love you, and we thank you.”
The feeling is certainly mutual, and with the broadcast agreement between Wimbledon and the BBC being extended to 2024 in December last year, it is clear that this is a partnership that will only grow stronger - and fonder - with time.
The Official Wimbledon Poster is on display around the Grounds and is available to buy in the Wimbledon Shops.