Tennishead magazine: Wimbledon issue out now!
Originally published on: 07/06/12 00:00
It's that time of year again – the pristine lawns, the white attire, the clichés and the tradition – and to mark the occasion the fit-to-burst Wimbledon issue of tennishead magazine is in stores and weighing down post sacks across the land now.
This year’s British grass court season, which culminates in the Olympic Games, will probably be the greatest ever and Andy Murray for one has a golden opportunity, excuse the pun, to win big. If everything clicks, this summer could elevate the Scot to legendary status within British sport, so we asked Paul Newman to analyse our leading man and his big summer plan. The Independent’s tennis correspondent also gives us the lowdown on the current crop of home-grown talent and suggests there is plenty to get excited about for the future.
We’ve gone to town (and the nearby Wimbledon village, in fact) in previewing the 126th Championships, with a run down of all the contenders, what to expect from this year’s event, a look at how the village handles the huge influx of fans, and analyse those with a shot at this year’s event.
Editor Lee Goodall profiles defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova and her hopes for a repeat of her fairytale 2011 triumph, and we speak with 2001 winner Goran Ivanisevic – the people’s champion who won the tournament as a wildcard ranked outside the top 100.
Three-time champion Boris Becker chats to us, Richard Krajicek, the 1996 winner, recounts the emotions of his career-defining triumph at the All England Club, and we also take a look at how Slazenger and Wimbledon continue to combine in the longest-running commercial partnership in sport.
Elsewhere, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova talks about her stick in our regular Me and My Racket feature, Mona Barthel, daughter of a former shot-put champion, chats to us about her rise up the rankings and Britain’s Anne Keothavong tells us how she prepares for her home Grand Slam.
We’ve also got a bunch of iconic Wimbledon photos from days gone by, and there’s plenty to learn from our academy, gear and comprehensive results sections.
Hop to it. Bag yourself a copy of the mag for those sizzling breaks between play and ponder the outcome of what could well be the Greatest British summer yet.