Britain is the modern home and origin of the sport we know and love, now called Tennis. Each year it hosts what many consider to be the sport's most prestigious tournament...the Championships at "The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club", popularly called "Wimbledon."
But did you know that Wimbledon proudly offers visitors and fans one of the best tennis museums around - a museum which beautifully honors the rich traditions and history of the game?
In fact, it's a 21st century state of the art facility, showcasing never-before-seen exhibits and showpieces, with audio guides in 8 different languages. The Duke of Kent inaugurated the new museum on April 12, 2006. Some of the highlights include:
*A dynamic panoramic cinema on a 200 degree screen which envelopes the viewer into a Championship match. The film shows the science of tennis, and offers views on how players' bodies and equipment are affected during the course of a match.
*A John McEnroe hologram projection, where the multiple Grand Slam winner takes the viewer on an additional tour of parts of the museum and reflects on past matches and opponents.
*A fashion section where the "fashion whites" of Wimbledon over the years are on display, including Roger Federer's match clothing worn in the Championship Finals against Andy Roddick in Wimbledon 2009.
*Interactive "touchscreen" exhibits offering visitors, among other things, videos of past championship matches, and information on the evolution of tennis rackets and technology.
Be sure to check it out, if you ever one day attend the Wimbledon tournament...
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE, Telephone: (020) 8946 6131, Hours: Daily from 10AM to 5PM, Admission, Adult £10.00 (with Tour £18.00), Child £5.50 (with Tour £13.00)