Even with Wimbledon 2021 concluding, the Championships continue working to make the sport more accessible to all. Wimbledon along with their official car partner since 2015, Jaguar, came together to provide tennis equipment to schools, families and communities in the UK.
One of the charities that received the help under the ‘Jaguar Tennis Initiative’ is the Matt Hampson Foundation which houses and helps people with life-changing injuries get back to normal life. The foundation has many wheelchair-bound individuals who will be receiving aid under the initiative and the drive hopes to bring a positive change among them in form of tennis.
“The whole idea of this initiative is to help people who’ve gone through life-changing injuries get back to an enjoyable happy life. Playing a little bit of tennis today, there’s that little bit of light that just comes back, which they might not have felt since before their injury, so it makes a really special thing,” said Sophie Wilson, Head of Peer Support at the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Wimbledon returns to the Tour after a year of absence
Wimbledon Championships returned to the Tour after a year of absence as the 2020 Wimbledon Championships were cancelled due to the Pandemic.
This year however it was a successful tournament that saw fans coming back to the All-England Club to catch their favourite players back in action on the lush lawns of the Club. Novak Djokovic defended his 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon titles as he won his 6th Wimbledon and 20th Grand Slam to level with fellow Big-3 members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In the Women’s Singles, Ashleigh Barty won her first Wimbledon title and 2nd Grand Slam title as she capped off a successful fortnight at the Championships winning the Wimbledon title 50 years after her idol and mentor Evonne Googalong Cawley won the title at the 1971 Wimbledon. Barty’s outfit was also inspired by Evonne’s iconic outfit from her title run in 1971.
This also became the last year of the presidentship of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who served as the President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for 52 years and finally bid adieu to his duties at the Club and is expected to be replaced by Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge who has been a patron of the Club for a while now.