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This review is from: Anyone for Tennis?: The Telegraph Book of Wimbledon (Daily Telegraph) (Hardcover)
Wimbledon. One word which conjures up so many pictures. Rain. Strawberries and cream. Pimms. White. Centre Court. The roof. More rain. Wimbledon is not just a tennis Grand Slam, it is a British tradition, engrained in our national psyche. How apt, then, that one of Britain's great traditional newspapers should mark this year's tournament with a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Editor Martin Smith has sympathetically collated more than a century's worth of archive material from the Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph tennis correspondent is a rare breed indeed. Until Mark Hodgkinson was appointed in 2005, there were only four in the previous 95 years! These fine gentlemen, ably assisted by the likes of Sebastian Faulks and Michael Parkinson, have given Telegraph readers an unsurpassed insight to everything Wimbledon. This book gives everyone else the opportunity to join the fan club.
Historians will enjoy the report of A Wallis Myers on June 27 1922. New Wimbledon was open, King George and Queen Mary were guests of honour. And it rained! Sports fans will relish the erudite contributions of John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, etc.
Anyone For Tennis is a cracking read, a fascinating timeline of massive social change against the backdrop of a major annual event in the British sporting calendar. It's easy to pick up and browse. Perfect for those rain breaks...