The AELTC joined forces with ESPN to offer fans from North and South America the chance to design the official poster for The Championships 2014.
The official poster has been a commemorative part of Wimbledon history ever since 1894, and became particularly famous when it was featured throughout the London Tube network.
The winning poster was created by David Bartholow, from Los Angeles, whose poster was chosen by the judges, AELTC Chairman Philip Brook and ESPN tennis analysts and Wimbledon champions Chris Evert and John McEnroe.
Bartholow said, “The poster is inspired by the London summer light, the mystique of Wimbledon, and the hues and geometry of Centre Court. The piece is informed by an appreciation for independent British graphic design and, more personally, lifelong dreams of visiting the All England Club.”
Evert added, “I liked this poster because it was clean, abstract. Less is more. I like the colors, simplicity and the class.”
According to McEnroe, “This poster got my vote because it was traditional but also bold and with the times.”
Speaking for the AELTC, Brook said, “We were delighted with the reaction to our initiative to hold a poster competition with ESPN, and would like to thank the American public for their varied and impressive range of entries. The winner put the tradition of Wimbledon, the purple and green, the grass, and the net, at the heart of the design, in a way that we felt well represented Wimbledon.”
The runners-up were Steve Gulla, from Madison, Conneticut (his poster is pictured), and Carlos Rafael from Miramar, Florida.
They will receive some Wimbledon merchandise.
Wimbledon Chairman Philip Brook
ESPN's Chris Evert - read what Wimbledon means to Chris
ESPN's John McEnroe
Entrants were asked to observe the following guidelines...
Your design must be striking, original, and above all, it should capture what Wimbledon means to you and why it is such a unique sporting event.
Your design should include Wimbledon’s core colours: purple, green and white
Your design should include:
- Wimbledon 2014
- 23 June – 6 July 2014
You can use any technique you like, but the poster must be all your own work.
- Please don’t set Wimbledon in a different context – eg any courts must be grass
- Please don’t put Wimbledon in a different place – eg not on top of the London Eye
- Please don’t include any well-known players
- Please don’t feature any other London landmarks
A three-day visit to London including:
- A pair of Centre Court tickets for Saturday 28th June 2014
- Flights, hotel and accommodation
- A tour of Wimbledon courtesy of ESPN
Congratulations and thank you to all who entered the competition.