The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum's current exhibition is an exploration of tennis on the French Riviera from the 1890s to the 1930s.
Featuring an array of artefacts including a vibrant collection of posters, photographs and graphics, the exhibition treats visitors to a visual insight into the rich history of tennis culture on the Riviera.
The warmer climate of the Côte d’Azur attracted tennis’s elite players from the period, such as the celebrated Renshaw brothers, who were fond of staying at the Beau Site Hotel. Dominating the sport throughout the 1880s, the Renshaw twins were responsible for an impressive eight Gentleman’s Singles Championship titles between them.
Further distinguished visitors to the area included Maud Watson, who held the honour of being the first Ladies’ Singles Champion at Wimbledon, Charles Lacey Sweet, Richard Sears and Dr. James Dwight – affectionately referred to as 'the father of American tennis'.
One of the exhibition's highlights is a film on one of the greatest matches in the history of the game, the first and only meeting between Suzanne Lenglen of France and her American opponent Helen Wills in Cannes in 1926.
Supporting the new exhibit, the Museum is releasing a book titled The History of Tennis on the Riviera 1874-1939, written by Honorary Librarian Alan Little.