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Author: Robert J. Lake

Understanding the Significance of Fred Perry’s Statue at the All England Lawn Tennis Club

During the Championships of 1984, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) held a special ceremony commemorating the achievements of the best British tennis player since the First World War. A ¾-size statue of Frederick John Perry was unveiled, sitting proudly opposite the entrance to the Members Enclosure. The gates at the Somerset Road entrance were also dedicated to him, which rapidly earned the moniker, the “Perry Gates”. While the celebration of such an esteemed player, who went on to win eight major singles championships – including three-straight Wimbledon singles titles, from 1934-36, alongside four straight Davis Cup titles...

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Quaint and Quintessential: Wimbledon’s Somewhat Ironic Celebration of Englishness

Just as tennis enters its off-season following the end-of-year ATP Tour World Championships won this year by the new world-number-one-player Andy Murray, it is worth remembering that another tournament has, for almost 140 years, laid claim to being the sport’s de facto world championship. For numerous reasons – many of them historically-rooted – the Wimbledon Championships is the jewel in tennis’ crown, but also, for the British and specifically the English, a key annual focal point in rearticulating national identity. In his published autobiography, Chris Gorringe, Wimbledon’s previous chief executive referred to the Championships’ marketing strategy as: ‘tennis in...

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