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As The Championships’ photographic manager, Bob Martin appreciates the finer details of the images which capture the essence of Wimbledon. In this series celebrating the best of the AELTC’s talent behind the lens, he nominates a picture a day. On Day One, he highlights:
“This is my personal favourite of the shots I’ve taken in recent times at Wimbledon,” Bob says. “It captures the moment Andy Murray won the title here for the second time last year. He has just dropped his racket – as you can tell because it’s still on its side as it falls to the grass. You can see beads of sweat spraying from his hand and there’s a fantastic expression of jubilation on his face.”
Part of the appeal of this image is that it also represents a historic moment: the best player Britain has produced in generations clinching the ultimate prize in his sport on home soil. The crowd behind is collectively as excited as he is. There is a Union flag, almost tagging his nationality.
“It is the best version of the best moment in the tournament – the moment a player is declared champion - and that is important to Wimbledon,” says Bob.
Obviously you prepare. You anticipate the potential story behind the match and you sit in the closest seat available
The closer you look, the more detail there is to marvel. You see Murray’s wedding ring tied into his shoelaces. How do you achieve such a level of intimacy and intensity from an action shot?
“Obviously you prepare. You anticipate the potential story behind the match and you sit in the closest seat available,” Bob says. “When match point approaches, you set up the camera. You know the player well: what will he do in that moment of victory? You take a gamble on what will happen and then you wait for the moment. In this instance, I had the motor drive on, which was capturing 12 frames a second.”
The iconic image was used on the front cover of the Wimbledon Annual 2016 and is included in A Portrait of Wimbledon, both available in the shop.
It was also highly commended in the 2016 Sports Picture of the Year Award (UK) and was part of a portfolio of 20 images that won Bob the 2016 Sports Photographer of the Year Award (USA).
This image was shot on a Nikon D5, at a shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second with an F2.8 aperture using a 70-200 lens set at 120mm and a sensitivity setting of 320 ASA.