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1923 Wimbledon photo

Devotee
05-19-2005, 11:34 PM
LOOK AT THE ATTACHED PHOTO OF LONG-AGO WIMBLEDON.

From Conde Nast Traveler magazine:

It's hard to equate this decorous scene with the international sporting powerhouse that is Wimbledon. Yet the intimations are there: Vincent Richards (in the far court), a 20-year-old from Yonkers, is in the process of defeating the captain of India's Davis Cup team, S.M. Jacob. Richards went on to the semifinals, only to be beaten by another American, Bill Johnston, who won the championship that year. In 1924, partnering with Frances Hunter, Richards took the Wimbledon doubles title -- the same year he captured 2 gold medals at the Olympics, 1 in singles and the other in doubles, again with Hunter. (In 1959, shortly before his death, Richards was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.) When this photograph was taken, the Wimbledon stadium, designed to hold 14,000 and the first of its kind, was only a year old. In its earlier location, Centre Court was truly at the center, surrounded by the lesser courts. When the tournament was moved, Centre Court -- surely the game's most sacred piece of turf -- was positioned off to the side, where it remains. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (as it is still called) originated the Wimbledon Championship in 1877 for local players; it wasn't until 1905 that the first international player competed. Once the gates opened to the barbarians, the Brits were less than masterly: Since then, the men's championship has gone to the natives just 7 times.

by Maura Henninger

MisterQ
05-19-2005, 11:46 PM
Go Yonkers!! :banana:

That's a fascinating pic, thanks for sharing.

joseluismb
05-20-2005, 04:45 AM
Beautiful...

AnnabelLee
05-20-2005, 04:16 PM
ahh, the good old days

surfpinky
06-02-2005, 01:43 AM
wow, feels so weird to look at that pic...wow

Whistleway
06-02-2005, 02:06 AM
>> Once the gates opened to the barbarians,

barbarians? huh?

tennischick
06-02-2005, 05:26 AM
nice history lesson -- thanks!

NATAS81
06-02-2005, 06:16 AM
82 years later, and there are still line call errors. Pathetic.

Nikki♥
06-02-2005, 04:15 PM
The picture is in black & white. :eek: Why? Didn´t they have 5 MP digi cams to take color shots with back then? What a shame.

the cat
06-02-2005, 05:32 PM
No Princesa!. I don't think 5MP digi cams with color film of camera's hit the market until the 1930's. ;)

I love old school photos of any kind. What a great and groovy photo of Wimbledon in 1923! :D :cool:

Good point N81. ;)

buddyholly
06-02-2005, 07:00 PM
Hasn't changed much, except transportation to the grounds was much easier back then.

YoursTruly
06-03-2005, 12:17 AM
beautiful, such a piece of treasure

croat123
06-03-2005, 12:44 AM
Hasn't changed much, except transportation to the grounds was much easier back then.
true :o

cool picture

MisterQ
06-03-2005, 12:48 AM
I think I see Bud Collins!

Nikki♥
06-03-2005, 07:46 AM
No Princesa!. I don't think 5MP digi cams with color film of camera's hit the market until the 1930's. ;)

Ohhhhh, what a bummer. :rolleyes:

Adman
06-09-2005, 11:14 AM
Back in the day when tennis was tennis and you didn't have McEnroe.

bouncer
06-11-2005, 05:19 AM
that pic is madhouse!

El Legenda
06-12-2005, 09:21 AM
where are the linesman ;)

Devotee
06-18-2005, 06:05 PM
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