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  • Wimbledon Wardrobe: The Most Stylish Men of Centre Court

    Tennis has been the only thing on our minds lately! Despite fantastic wins for Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, we're still very proud of homegrown athlete Andy Murray for his strong performance throughout the championship.

    We feel like it's the perfect time to look back over some of the male athletes who have graced Wimbledon's centre court over its 138 year history. For many, their appearance on and off court has attracted as much attention as their serve or backhand. Today we're taking a closer look at some of centre court's most stylish men and celebrating some of Wimbledon's best dressed gents over the years.

     

    5. Bjorn Borg

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    Innumerable tennis players have tried to make the “long hair and sweatband” look work, but few have been as successful as 1970s Swedish tennis icon, and multiple consecutive Wimbledon winner, Bjorn Borg. Considered by many to be one of the greatest tennis talents of all time, Borg cut a dashing figure on and off court, favouring skin tight pinstripe polo shirts which stayed looking pristine even after the 5th set. After retirement he launched the highly successful Bjorn Borg fashion label in his native Sweden which is considered second only to Calvin Klein in the country.

     

    4. Roger Federer

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    One of tennis's few contemporary male fashion icons, Swiss player Federer certainly gives Murray a run for his money both sartorially and sportingly. Known for his pristine, clean cut style and mop of wavy hair, this star of centre court and world tennis cuts an understated (and occasionally flamboyant – take a peek at this 2009 Wimbledon warm up suit), yet effortlessly chic figure.

     

    3. Arthur Ashe

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    Multiple grand slam winner and powerful civil rights advocate Arthur Ashe was also something of a style icon in tennis in the 1960s and 1970s. Often seen sporting a neat afro or a pair of stylish spectacles on court, Ashe's accessories were always en pointe.

     

    2. Boris Becker

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    1980s and 1990s German tennis legend and now prime pundit Boris Becker cut a dapper figure on the court and in his private life. From Ellesse track tops, to immaculately tailored shorts, Wimbledon's youngest ever winner and one of its most notorious figures was a sporting fashion icon of his day.

     

    1. Andre Agassi

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    Australian player Andre Agassi blew a revolutionary breath of fresh air into tennis fashion and on court play in the 1990s. Famed mullet wearer and all-round on court fashion maverick, Agassi's aggressive style was as famous as his disregard for tennis fashion convention and his love of Nike Air Tech Challenge footwear.

    Which tennis icon do you think deserves a place on our “most stylish” list? Have your say in the Base London Facebook group.

  • Wimbledon: The History

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    Here's some interesting facts about the one and only Wimbledon Championship to get you in the mood for the opening today. Who do you reckon will win this year?

    THE HISTORY

    • The first Wimbledon took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore. A few hundred spectators were in attendance.
    • Women's singles and men's doubles events began seven years later, in 1884.
    • During World War II, a bomb ripped through Centre Court at the All England Club and 1,200 seats were lost. Fortunately, they weren't filled at the time. Play finally resumed in 1946 but it wasn't until 1949 that the area was back in top shape.
    • A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987.

    THE COURT

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    • There are currently 20 grass courts available for play at the Wimbledon complex. The Number 1 Court now comes complete with large fans at either end to dry out the court in case of rain. There are also five red shale courts, four clay courts, and five indoor courts for club members.

    THE WINNINGS

    • The All England Club will award a total of £25m in prize money to competitors at The Championships, 2014. The Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles Champions will each receive £1.76m.
    • Aside from cash, the women's champ also receives a silver gilt salver (a round, disk-like platter) that was made in 1864. The men's winner receives a silver gilt cup from 1887. Both are actually displayed at the Wimbledon museum for most of the year.

    THE WINNERS

    2013:

    SINGLES Andy Murray/Marion Bartoli

    DOUBLES Bob Brian & Mike Brian/Hsieh Su-wei & China Peng Shuai/Daniel Nestor & Kristina Mladenovic

    THE FACTS

    • The records for fastest serve are Taylor Dent, clocked at 148 mph (2010) and Venus Williams with 129 mph (2008)
    • BBC is the host broadcaster. Global cumulative audience estimated at 378.8m people in 198 territories
    • 38,500 spectators are allowed in the grounds at any one time
    • The longest game was between John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA) in 2010 which was 11 hours 05 minutes duration and played over 3 days. 123 balls were played and Mahut won 502, Isner 478

    Now all we need is some good weather and lots of exciting games!

     

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  • The Sada Bike: 'Futuristic Compact' at it's best

     

    Compact to say the least, The Sada Bike is so incredibly small we don't know how it can possibly fit a fully grown man on it. We wanna give it a go anyway.

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  • A big stick and a load of balls...

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    Golf. It's an opinionated topic. For me, the idea of golf isn't serious or competitive, it's going down to Top Golf (the local golf range) and getting a spot at the top, smacking the ball as hard as possible, for it just to roll off the edge. Then straight back to the booze. Golf to some however, is a serious game, a passion and more a way of life, something to win at rather than just piss about with your mates.

     

    With the Masters starting tomorrow and our Spring Summer 14 Par Collection being showcased, we want to hear your thoughts on golf, the masters, that lifestyle, stories, jokes. What do you think?

     

  • Is Video Technology Necessary in the Premier League?

    Mistaken identity: Kieran Gibbs (left) was shown a red card despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's handball

     

    Arsene Wenger felt the headache that lack of video technology can cause, especially when an identity crisis occurs. Kieran Gibbs was wrongfully sent off for hand ball in the Arsenal Chelsea game.

    The full statement on Marriner by the Professional Game Match Officials went a little like this...

    ‘Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and often the result of a number of different technical factors,’ funnily enough, the lack of technical factors is what has let this error occur. Additional technical elements would more than likely have saved the day, although it may cause much embarrassment and reveal too many truths, that the FA, FIFA, UEFA, PGMO and every other official body should stop running and hiding from.

    Video replay is definitely not the be all and end all, there are many snags with this. The game is fast, flowing, uninterrupted. Stopping every time a player, official or other team member disagrees with the ref's decision and the game is stopped for a video replay, well the match would barely get played. You'd have 50 minutes of actual game play and the rest action replay.

    Although, our conclusion? It could, and should, have been avoided.  The under-employed fourth official needs putting to work as football’s safety net. Someone to confirm with concise, factual information. Not undermining, not being unnecessarily meddlesome, not a scrutinizing jobs-worth, but a factual confirmation and a vital check on human blunders. The man who prevents any further little disappointments deciding the destination of the title.

    What do you make of video technology, action replay? Do you think it's necessary, or just a time waster?

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