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SW19: A Wimbledon to Remember

Posted on: July 30th, 2017

The Holy Grail of tennis tournaments, the atmosphere surrounding Wimbledon is always electric. Every year fans, part-time fans and curious channel hoppers alike are enthralled by the relentless back and forth of its baseline rallies, and yanked forward by its at-the-net acrobatics. As you would expect, 2017 was no different; centre court was jam-packed with everything you could possibly hope for: comebacks, upsets, drama, glory – it was all there, and this article will highlight all the key stories. Kvitova’s comeback In December 2016, Petra Kvitova was stabbed by an intruder in her home in the Czech Republic – a tragic…

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The 2017 Australian Open: A Tournament To Remember

Posted on: February 24th, 2017

The first Grand Slam of 2017 is in the books, with the Australian Open kicking off the new tennis season just last month. With all the high profile returns and players looking to get their games back on track, the Open promised something special, and something special it certainly delivered. This month we’re taking a look at the Australian Open, a tournament which showcased some of the best tennis we have seen in recent memory. Federer reigns supreme Much of the talk heading into the open revolved around the recent world number one, Andy Murray, and his competitive rivalry with one…

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The 2017 Australian Open: What to Look Out For

Posted on: January 6th, 2017

We’re not far into 2017 but we’re already eager to kick off the tennis new year, and we won’t be waiting long at all. The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, and it’s shaping up to be a fascinating event. There will be plenty to sink your teeth into once the Open starts on January 16th, so in this article we’re looking at some of the most exciting and intriguing things to keep an eye out for to make sure you’re fully prepared for the action. Rivalry resumed We start where we left off in 2016,…

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Andy Murray Finishes the Year as Number One

Posted on: December 20th, 2016

The 2016 tennis season came to a close with last month’s ATP World Tour Finals, and it certainly provided all the tension and excitement we’ve come to expect from a season finale. Heading into this year’s finals, all eyes were on newly crowned world number one Andy Murray. Fresh off a history-making championship win in Paris, which saw him become the first British world number one since the introduction of computerised rankings in 1973, Murray looked to take the next step and finish off the year in the top spot. To cap off 2016, we’re taking a look at how Murray…

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Why You Should Use a SAPCA Approved Contractor for Your Courts

Posted on: November 30th, 2016

When it comes to keeping your tennis court, netball court or multi activity games area (MUGA) in the best possible condition, you need a contractor who is dedicated to providing the absolute best quality in to keep your courts healthy for as long as possible, from construction and installation, to future maintenance and repair. Whether it’s a private court or a public play area for a school or leisure centre, your court deserves the best, and that only comes with a SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association) approved contractor. In this article, we’re looking at what you can expect when you…

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The Rise of Wheelchair Tennis

Posted on: August 9th, 2016

The 2016 Paralympic Games will soon be taking place, and it promises to be an incredibly inspiring event with some of the world’s most impressive athletes looking to bring home the medals for their country. One of the most popular paralympic sports – and one with a particularly rich history – is wheelchair tennis. The sport has seen substantial growth over the years, so we thought we’d take a closer look at its history and development. History of wheelchair tennis Wheelchair tennis made its debut as a demonstration event in the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games and became a full medal event…

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The Top Ten Wimbledon Tennis Players of All Time

Posted on: July 9th, 2016

As the 130th edition of Wimbledon came to an exciting close earlier this month, we’ve decided to take a look at the top Wimbledon players from the tournament’s long and storied history. Wimbledon is the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament on the calendar and has played host to not only many fantastic matches, but many special players. There have been hundreds of standout male and female competitors but we’re going to narrow it down to the top five of each, those who have made Wimbledon the tournament and spectacle it is today. Top 5 female Wimbledon players Venus Williams – The…

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Wimbledon: Surprising Traditions You Might Not Know!

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and has been steeped in tradition since the first incarnation in 1877. There are many aspects of Wimbledon that haven’t seen much change over the years and it is through these traditions that Wimbledon upholds its strong identity – sometimes more so than the tennis itself! The team here at Charles Lawrence will definitely be glued to this year’s upcoming tournament, but until then, we’ve put together this list of some of the most interesting Wimbledon traditions that make the tournament what it is today. Rufus the Hawk A relatively new addition…

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ATP French Open 2016: The Most Open It’s Ever Been?

Posted on: May 15th, 2016

Presently, the French Open is underway at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris. The world’s premier clay court championship event is thought to be wide open this year after firm men’s singles favourite and former nine-time champion Rafael Nadal lost the title to Stanislas Wawrinka in the the 2015 French Open, and with other players such as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray currently ranking well above his fifth place slot, it seems like all is still to play for in the bid for this year’s title. With such an exciting few weeks ahead in the tennis world, this month the team…

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Jordanne Whiley: Doubles Grand Slam Champion Putting Wheelchair Tennis On The Map

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016

As leading experts in tennis court installation and tennis court maintenance, Charles Lawrence aim to keep up to date with all developments of the sport in order to ensure we can offer the most informative service we can to all of our customers. It is with this in mind that we are pleased to bring you news of Jordanne Whiley, the seven time Grand Slam Champion who is redefining wheelchair tennis and aiming to make the sport much more accessible to those with physical impairments and increase the popularity of the game. Jordanne Whiley’s career so far The impressive 23-year-old not…

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