One of the most important developments in tennis history has been the introduction of the Wimbledon Championship. The tournament captured the public’s imagination and before the first champions started to emerge, the first of them was William Renshaw.
In the following years, the sport became extremely popular, not only in the UK but all over the world. America’s May Sutton became the tournament’s first international player in 1905, the year Wimbledon attracted 71 players.
The development of the Wimbledon Championship
The tournaments continued to grow with games that became very spectacular in the 1930s, led by British players like Don Budge and Fred Perry and international stars such as Henri Lacoste. Photographs of the tournaments held during those days reveal the tennis fashion that seemed odd to us these days, with men in trousers and women playing with long skirts on socks.
The Championship became a center for tennis. Also, it became a center fashion. American Bunny Austin shocking audiences in 1933 by stepping out into the courtyard in shorts. In the 1930s, there was an important event in tennis history. The game was presented to the audience all around the world.
However, there was a sudden end to all of this with the outbreak of World War II in 1939. This event closed the championships until 1946. The sport was transformed by generation after the war. There were technical improvements added to it, turned it into a sophisticated entertainment for the increasingly prosperous middle class.
Australian football strikers such as Roy Emerson and Rod Laver dominated the sport in the 1960s. And with the development of television, the game was introduced to the wider public, making this tennis game possible. became an international sport that attracted huge amounts of money. Wimbledon was first shown in color television in 1967.
During the 70s and 80s, the sport was dominated by a new legion of internationally renowned players, and the crowd was captivated by greats such as the graceful Bjorn Borg, antics. Jimmy Connors’ brutality and John McEnroe’s rage.
Tennis tournaments for women
Women’s tournaments are noted with big names like Sue Barker, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova. Virginia Wade is England’s top female player, the last British to win the championship in 1977.
The tournament prize money continued to increase along with the contours of the players’ costumes. In 1986, a yellow tennis ball was applied for the first time, so the speedball is more visible on TV cameras.