12 Jun 2013

New version of Wimbledon history launched

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Photo: Paul ZimmerThe All England Club, Wimbledon

A new edition of Wimbledon: The Official History was launched on Wednesday 12 June to bring up-to-date the book that chronicles the story of the grass court Grand Slam.

Written by former player, Davis Cup captain and commentator John Barrett, the third edition of the book tells how the small croquet club in Surrey decided to hold a tennis tournament to raise money for the repair of their broken horse-drawn roller, essential for the upkeep of their lawns, and went on to become one of the premier tennis competitions in the world.

For the first time, the All England Club has also published the full Singles Draws in a separate volume, Wimbledon: The Singles Draws 1877-2012. As well as the draws, the book contains honour rolls of all five main events and also the singles winners in every Grand Slam tournament.

Philip Brook, Chairman of the All England Club, said: “For any fan of Wimbledon and its history, this book is a must. John Barrett has done a wonderful job not only to bring the story up-to-date, but also to include a wealth of new material, such as the draw sheets in the accompanying volume and the lists of Grand Slam winners. Together the two books are invaluable tools in any Wimbledon reference library.”

Both books are available at all good book shops, at the Wimbledon Shop and through the publishers at visionsp.co.uk.