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 features some wonderful behind the scenes images from 2009 including the unveiling of Centre Court's revolutionary new retractable roof and Roger Federer's epic men's singles triumph.
Winner of Best Illustrated Book at the British Sports Book Awards 2010.
''It is a unique tome. Miss it at your peril.''
-- The Times, May 10, 2009
''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 Mail, May 2009
''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.''
-- The Daily Express, May 2009
''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. 4/5''
-- Sunday Tribune, July 2009.
''A volume that is itself a treasure of Wimbledon. 4/5''
-- Tennis Life, July 2009
''A sumptuous coffee table book that celebrates the world's most famous court.''
-- Ace Tennis Magazine, July 2009