The Jewel in Wimbledon's Crown
By John Barrett and Ian Hewitt
Foreword by Roger Federer
Online shop price: £25.00
New Edition - Revised and Updated for The Championships 2016
Updated edition of this beautiful and highly acclaimed official coffee table book which celebrates one of sport’s most historic and iconic venues – from the epic matches played on Centre Court and the legends who have graced its hallowed grass to the uniquely English atmosphere of ball boys, boaters and Robinson’s barley water.
Packed with stunning and evocative images taken from the All England Club’s own archives and items of memorabilia plucked from the Wimbledon Museum this lavish book also includes quotes and stories from some of tennis’s greatest names.
This new edition includes the 2012 Olympic tournament held at the All England Club and Andy Murray's momentous triumph in 2013.
Winner of Best Illustrated Book at the British Sports Book Awards 2010
Book captures Wimbledon in all its glory
It is a fine time for the afficiandos of the written tennis word - and for those who love the very best of photographic images. Hot on the heels of the Perry book, another arrived at the Net Post's front door last week, and it, too, deserves the highest acclaim. By this time next week, we shall have seen for the first time Wimbledon's Centre Court under a shroud, of in this case, its translucent roof, when Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters share in a celebration of a piece of architecture many of us did not imagine we would live to admire. The timing, therefore, of a book called 'Centre Court, The Jewel in Wimbledon's Crown' could not be more apposite.
Edited by John Barrett recently retired (and much missed we must add) as the BBC's Voice of the Championships, and Ian Hewitt, a member of the committee of management of the championships, it is a beautifully written and constructed coffee table book, taking the reader through the various stages of the development of the court from the original in 1922 - when the event moved to its current Church Road site - to its current refurbished state, pinpointing many of the magical matches and the fascinating people who have been able to play parts in its unparalleled history.
The very first image that strikes you is that of Roger Federer, the five-time champion, sitting opposite 'his' locker in the men's changing rooms before the 2008 championships who, talking of the roof says "I am sure that everything has been designed with the care and style long associated with the All England Club and in a way that ensures the best playing conditions for the players - even in the English rain."
The Net Post especially loves the stories of those without whom the event could not be so successfully run and who are not so familiar, and that Barrett and Hewitt have captured the many changes of the guard with the publication of newspaper reports across the ages (even one of yours truly's sneaks in). It is a unique tome. The book is published by Vision Sports Publishing at £25. Miss it at your peril.
The Daily Mail
To celebrate the arrival of the roof at Centre Court, the All England Club has released a pretty damn impressive coffee table book: Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon's Crown.
The book is a great mix of stunning images from across the years - some never seen before - as well as a foreword by Roger Federer and quotes from a host of other Wimbledon champions.
The Daily Express
"A high-quality publication featuring a host of colour and black-and-white photographs as it charts the history of tennis's most famous show court."
This impressive coffee table-styled publication contains just the right mix of history, anecdotes and photographs to keep anybody with even a passing interest in Wimbledon entertained. Overall, it's a must for anybody who rates Wimbledon's two weeks the highlight of their sporting summer. ★★★★✩
"A volume that is itself a treasure of Wimbledon." ★★★★✧
Ace Tennis Magazine
"A sumptuous coffee table book that celebrates the world's most famous court."
Wales on Sunday