Australia's Rod Laver and Margaret Court, favourites for the Wimbledon Open Tennis Championships which open on Monday, both get the luck of the draw.....
STV Borotra during play (5 shots) STV spectators, TV
SV Lenglen serving & playing match in progress
SV Pan Perry and Von Cramm walk onto court TV match in progress (Perry nearest camera) TV spectators
STV Kramer serves CU match in progress
SCU Duke of York walks onto court. SV Pan Duke serves and match in progress (3 shots) SV Duchess in stand watches. SV match in progress
STV Spectators, TV "Gussy" serves SV match in progress (3 shots)
GV Scoreboard STV Santana serves and wins game-Ralston congratulates him-scoreboard
TGV Spectators TV Scoreboard Pan to Ann Jones serving. Players walk off-TV Ann Jones serves. Zoom back to WS play in progress & players off court
GV Crowd, GV Scoreboard SCV Laver serves Zoom to WS play. Laver wins. Players walk off GV Crowd applaud
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Background: Australia's Rod Laver and Margaret Court, favourites for the Wimbledon Open Tennis Championships which open on Monday, both get the luck of the draw.....but will need it against the toughest competition in the world.
This year's Wimbledon promises to provide some of the most exciting matches in the 84 year history of the completion. Since the days when players like Jean Borotra and Jack Kramer Thrilled the English crowds with their sill, Wimbledon has been the Mecca for tennis players from all over the world.
Wimbledon really became known outside Europe in 1947 when American Jack Kramer won the first series after the Second World War. Sine then Americans and Australians have dominated the Championships adding to world interest. Now it has become one of the biggest tournaments on the world tennis scene. This year prize money of 41,750 pounds sterling is being offered.
The names of the past....Suzanne Lenglen, Fred Perry, Helen Moody and Jack Kramer, Haunt the latest champions. Tennis writers searching for comparisons look at people like Rod Laver and margaret Smith and hope they can find a similarity in play. This is what Wimbledon has done....and it has turned Wimbledon into the Mecca of tennis players.
SYNOPSIS: Wimbledon, 1921, and Jean Borotra, one of Europe's best known tennis players hits his way to a win in the men's doubles championships. Borotra and his fellow French players dominated the titles in the mid 20's. This year Wimbledon enters its 84th championship.....the third since it was made open to professional players.
The thirties saw domination by saw domination by British players. Fred Perry met Gottfried von Cramm of Germany in the final that year and won. It became his third win...the first man to win the Championships as many times. But the end of the war saw changes in the domination. Overseas players, like jack Kramer made their way through the preliminary matchers and took out the title. Wimbledon was changing.
One of the biggest changes involved King George the V1. He played at Wimbledon in 1962....but didn't make the finals.
But one of the most major changes came when a visiting American, Gertrude Moran showed her legs...and unmentionables....and started the term Gorgeous Gussies. She too didn't make a name for herself as a player. But in 1966 Manuel Santana showed that Wimbledon could be won by sheer force. His service....still recognised as one of the best in the world....powered him to the title.
England came back into the lime-light in 1969 when Ann Jones took out the Women's singles title...the first British woman to gain that distinction since the war. This year's odds-on favourite is Australian Rod Laver who is hoping for his fifth title and third in a row. If he manages it, he will be the first man in the long history of the Championships to do it.