A timeless idyll!

Nothing has changed much at Wimbledon; the white clothing for players, strawberries and cream, absence of commercial banners; pretty much nothing really.

Ramesh Krishnan in action at Wimbledon in June 1986. Ramesh made the quarter-finals that year.   -  GETTY IMAGES

There is a certain timelessness about Wimbledon — nothing has changed much at SW19; the white clothing for players, strawberries and cream, absence of commercial banners; pretty much nothing really. The fact that it is played on grass, a surface where the game originated, makes it even more special. As one of the oldest Grand Slams, it has a lot of tradition and history.

What everyone will agree about Wimbledon is that the organisation is more or less impeccable, players hardly complain; everything goes according to plan. Add to that an appreciative and knowledgeable audience, the charm only gets better. The weather in June-July is pleasant, thereby making it a spectators’ delight.

What is great about Wimbledon is that it has changed nicely with the changing times without losing its essence. The addition of the retractable roof at the Centre Court in 2009 to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain has been welcome. It was one we never thought about during our playing days. The grass is a lot better now. There is a lot more space to manoeuvre. In some ways it has changed for the better, without compromising on its character.

Personally, I have fond memories having won the junior crown at the All- England Club in 1979 and reaching the quarterfinals at the same venue in 1986. Playing there was always important for me and obviously a big thrill.

The photograph of the grass at the Centre Court looks more or less the same as it was in the 1920s. There isn’t anything like Wimbledon.

As told to K. Keerthivasan

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