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Introducing the definitive history of Wimbledon

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Friday 7 June 2013

Wimbledon: The Official History is the third edition of John Barrett's seminal work on the history of Wimbledon...

In this lavishly illustrated and massively expanded third edition of the definitive Wimbledon history John Barrett has traced the story of The Championships from its humble beginnings in 1877 through to its position today as the world’s oldest and most famous tennis tournament, watched each year by a global audience of millions. It is a romantic story that reflects the ages, decade by decade, from the chivalrous Victorian days when the whalebone stays the ladies wore beneath their ankle-length dresses often drew blood and the gentlemen played in striped shirts, cricket caps and long stockings, to today’s white-clad gladiators in functional attire befitting super-fit international athletes of the 21st century.

This new edition takes readers right up-to-date and includes Andy Murray’s gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. It features an expanded history of the All England Club and it’s evolving relationship with the LTA. Every Singles Champion is profiled and the book is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, many never seen before. Stunning in its scope and detail, Wimbledon: The Official History, is essential reading for all tennis fans.

Also available...
Wimbledon: The Singles Draws 1877-2012
The definitive collection of every singles draw played at Wimbledon. Published in a separate volume for the first time the book also contains a list of the finals played in all five main events at Wimbledon, the married names and maiden names of the ladies as well as tables of the greatest Grand Slam winners and the singles champions of every Grand Slam event since 1877.

These draws are also available to browse and search on Wimbledon.com.

Available from all good book shops, shop.wimbledon.com and visionsp.co.uk

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