Racquet Issue No. 19

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In celebration of Wimbledon’s Centre Court, which turns 100 this year, we present an entire issue of Racquet filtered through the prism of that storied court, it’s cover featuring Althea Gibson, the first Black athlete to win the Slam, painted by Marcus Brutus.

In these pages, cultural attaché Andrea Petkovic takes on Centre Court, where she has never set foot, and Laura Bailey photographs British upstart Francesca Jones, who is profiled by Ed Cumming. Tom Parker photo-documents the evolution of Centre Court over the course of a year; Jessica Iredale analyzes Andre Agassi’s Wimbledon kits; Joel Drucker looks for the meaning of John McEnroe at the All England Club; while Gerald Marzorati goes in search of the vicar who won The Championships.
The rest of the issue is devoted to our favorite moments that took place on Centre Court, from Marion Bartoli’s Championship win and surprise retirement to the high-water mark for the Indian Express, and the time club pro Marcus Willis’ came through qualifying and the first round to earn the honor of getting pasted by Roger Federer on Centre Court.