From the Publisher
The Wimbledon Championships began in 1877 as little more than a Victorian summer pastime. Today, Wimbledon is one of the great international sports events, watched by more viewers than any other tennis tournament in the world. John Barrett, tennis journalist and former Davis Cup captain, chronicles the story of the tournament decade by decade, set against the backdrop of world events to provide a new perspective. He looks at the great players, discusses the controversies, and covers the truly great moments, including the duels between McEnroe and Borg and, more recently, Pete Sampras¹ seventh singles title. Within each decade are photos and biographies of every singles champion; and, for the first time, all the singles draws are presented in a full-page format along with the finals of all the doubles events. Complete with 480 photos and illustrations, as well as an impressive statistical section.
About the Author
John Barrett has a lifetime's experience in tennis. A former top junior player and later Davis Cup captain, he moved into journalism after his playing career came to an end. He has written on the sport for the Financial Times since 1964 and in recent years he has been the BBC's Voice of Tennis. He is the Editor of World of Tennis, the acclaimed No 1 tennis reference book, now in its 33rd edition.