20 brilliant Wimbledon moments that remind us why we LOVE it! (And yes, we've included that streaker)  

  • Memorable moments include Andy Murray's 2013 men's singles victory
  • The 2014 final crowd had more celebs than an Oscars party
  •  Pat Cash's 1987 climb into the crowd caused uproar
  • John McEnroe's 1981 meltdown arguably the best ever on-court tantrum

It's the oldest tennis tournament in the world and there have been no shortage of memorable moments since Wimbledon first flung open its doors in 1877.

Fred Perry's 1936 victory and Andy Murray's 2013 triumph have both gone down in sporting history, as has John McEnroe's furious 1981 display and Jana Novotna's tears after losing the 1993 final.

Just as memorable is the off-court action, whether a Royal Box that glitters with big names or a certain Mrs Murray declaring her lust for her son's opponent, as happened in 2011.

Memorable: Andy Murray hosts the men's singles trophy following his victory over Novak Djokovic in 2013

Memorable: Andy Murray hosts the men's singles trophy following his victory over Novak Djokovic in 2013

As tennis fans prepare to crack open the Pimm's and ready the strawberries and cream, we cast a nostalgic eye back over the most momentous moments of the last 138 years.

2013: MURRAY WINS IT FOR BRITAIN 

It might have taken 77 years but in 2013, the 15,000-strong Wimbledon crowd finally had a British winner to cheer about in the shape of Andy Murray.

Murray, who had taken Olympic gold in the same spot a year earlier, beat Novak Djokovic to claim the title - and the £1.3m prize - in a match that lasted a gruelling three hours.

Watching from the sidelines was his now-wife Kim Sears, along with a host of famous faces, among them Victoria Beckham and Bradley Cooper, and Prime Minister David Cameron. 

1981 JOHN MCENROE LOSES HIS COOL

American player John McEnroe loses his cool in spectacular fashion in 1981
A decision by umpire Edward James prompted an outburst of fury that began: 'You CANNOT be serious.'

You can NOT be serious: American player John McEnroe loses his cool in spectacular fashion in 1981

He was never short of a choice epithet or two to hurl at officials who fell foul of his notoriously volcanic temper but in 1981, a tirade unleashed by American John McEnroe went down in history.

Slugging it out against fellow American Tom Gullikson in a first round match, a decision by umpire Edward James prompted an outburst of fury that began: 'You CANNOT be serious.'

He continued: 'That ball was on the line! Chalk flew up! It was clearly in! You guys are the absolute pits of the world…'

1996: THE WIMBLEDON STREAKER

Wimbledon is no stranger to streakers, but in 1996, one lady surpassed herself by running out at the start of the men's singles final.

All eyes on her: A streaker gave finalists Richard Krajicek and MaliVai Washington a surprise in 1996

All eyes on her: A streaker gave finalists Richard Krajicek and MaliVai Washington a surprise in 1996

Watched by a bemused crowd - and finalists Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands and MaliVai Washington - the woman sprinted past wearing nothing but an apron while waving her arms.

Eventually, the stewards caught up with her and Krajicek went on to triumph, becoming the first Dutchman to win a Grand Slam singles tournament in the process.

1936: FRED PERRY TRIUMPHS... AND LAUNCHES 1,000 POLO SHIRTS

It wasn't the first time Fred Perry had triumphed at Wimbledon but his final victory, in 1936, would be the last time a Briton won for 77 years.

At the time, Wimbledon was still an amateur competition so when Perry turned professional the following year, the doors of the All England Lawn Tennis Club were slammed in his face.

Vintage classic: Fred Perry took the title for Britain in 1936... and launched 1,000 polo shirts in the process

Vintage classic: Fred Perry took the title for Britain in 1936... and launched 1,000 polo shirts in the process

When Judy Murray admitted to a crush on Spaniard Feliciano López in 2011, her son Andy was left singularly unimpressed
Mrs Murray even nicknamed the 33-year-old 'Deliciano'

Embarrassing mum: When Judy Murray admitted to a crush on Spaniard Feliciano López in 2011, her son Andy - and 'Deliciano's' next opponent - was left singularly unimpressed 

There were some compensations, however. In 1940, he was approached by Tibby Wegner, an Austrian footballer who had invented a prototype sweatband.

Perry made some tweaks, launched the kit and in doing so, founded the clothing brand that still bears his name today. 

2011: JUDY MURRAY IS AN EMBARRASSING MUM

She calls him 'Deliciano' and looking at 33-year-old Feliciano López, it's not difficult to see why Judy Murray is so enamoured.

Unfortunately for son Andy, it all got a bit embarrassing in 2011 when Judy went public with her crush, shortly before he took on the Spaniard in that year's quarter finals.

A revolted Andy soon hit back, jokingly telling interviewers: 'I think it's about time she stopped with that nonsense. It makes me want to throw up. It's disgusting, it's disgusting.'

2012: VIKTOR TROICKI LOSES HIS COOL WITH A FAN

Already faced with the difficult task of defeating Novak Djokovic, Serbia's Victor Troicki was less than impressed to find himself on the receiving end of some unsolicited advice during a third round match in 2012.

Are you talking to me? Serbia's Viktor Troicki reacts with disbelief after getting unsolicited advice from a fan

Are you talking to me? Serbia's Viktor Troicki reacts with disbelief after getting unsolicited advice from a fan

Not working: Unfortunately the advice - 'Just hit an ace at him!' - failed to work and he crashed out

Not working: Unfortunately the advice - 'Just hit an ace at him!' - failed to work and he crashed out

Hearing a fan scream, 'Just hit an ace!' at him, a disgruntled Troicki turned and offered the miscreant his racquet.

Clearly unabashed, the armchair coach followed up with: 'Just hit a backhand!' during another play - a ploy that much to everyone's surprise actually worked.

Unfortunately, no amount of advice could save Troicki and the match ended with Djokovic advancing into the quarter finals. 

1977: VIRGINIA WADE WINS FOR BRITAIN

Fred Perry might be the most famous Wimbledon winner of the past but Virginia Wade's triumph in 1977 came far more recently.

The last British woman to win the women's singles final, Wade beat Dutch opponent Betty Stöve in three sets and was presented with her trophy by the Queen.

Winning ways: Britain's Virginia Wade celebrates her victory in 1977 alongside the Queen

Winning ways: Britain's Virginia Wade celebrates her victory in 1977 alongside the Queen

In 2008, Serena Williams made headlines for her quirky choice of outfit
The ensemble, a trench coat dress, was inspired by her wardrobe of coats

Unusual look: In 2008, Serena Williams made headlines for her quirky choice of outfit - a trench coat dress

2008: SERENA WILLIAMS WEARS A 'TRENCH-COAT' ON COURT

It was never the most practical of looks but Serena William's bizarre trench-coat onesie did prove something of a lucky charm and helped her make it to the 2008 final.

Although she was beaten on that occasion by sister Venus, she went on to win the tournament five times - and nearly always in a quirky get-up.

Speaking about her penchant for coats at the time, she said: 'I live in Florida and I probably have more coats than anybody.

'I just love coats and I’m always buying them. I don’t know why as I live in Florida – it just doesn’t add up.'

1993: JANA NOVOTNA WEEPS ON A ROYAL SHOULDER

When Czech star Jana Novotná narrowly lost out to Steffi Graf in the 1993 Wimbledon final, she couldn't hold back her tears.

Royal shoulder: In 1993, a tearful Jana Novotna was consoled by the Duchess of Kent after her final loss

Royal shoulder: In 1993, a tearful Jana Novotna was consoled by the Duchess of Kent after her final loss

Crashing out: Tim Henman missed out on glory in 2001 after losing to wildcard Goran Ivanisevic in 2001

Crashing out: Tim Henman missed out on glory in 2001 after losing to wildcard Goran Ivanisevic in 2001

Unfortunately, the shoulder she chose for the moment belonged to a royal - a rather bemused Katharine, Duchess of Kent who was there to present the prizes.

Although Novotná returned to the All England Lawn Tennis Club the following year, it took until 1998 for her tears of rage to become tears of joy. 

2001: TIM HENMAN MISSES OUT ON GLORY

Now known as Murray Mound, the nub of land made famous by picnicking was once called Henman Hill in honour of a British champion who never quite made the grade.

In 2001 came Tim Henman's best chance of glory, when a kind draw gave him a semi-final against Croatian wildcard Goran Ivanisevic.

Unfortunately, Henman lost his nerve in the ensuing match and crashed out. Ivanisevic, meanwhile, went on to win the tournament - becoming the first wildcard to do so in the process.

1987: PAT CASH SCALES THE STANDS

He was the first but Pat Cash certainly wasn’t the last – as Andy Murray so memorably demonstrated following his own Wimbledon win in 2013.

On the move: Australian Pat Cash sparked a new sort of victory lap when he climbed the stand in 1987

On the move: Australian Pat Cash sparked a new sort of victory lap when he climbed the stand in 1987

Cash's climb involved scaling the commentary box
He then crossed the roof to the player's box

On his way: Cash's climb involved scaling the commentary box and crossing its roof to the player's box

Having despatched Ivan Lendi in the 1987 men’s finals, the Australian proceeded to celebrate by scaling the stands, scrambling over the roof of the commentary box and diving into the player’s box to hug friends and family.

Unfortunately, future winners will no longer be able to repeat the trick, after a new staircase was built leading into the player’s box from the court. It opened in 2014.

2013: KIM SEARS MAKES HER MARK ON FASHION

She’s never been one to let the sartorial side down but Kim Sears really made her fashion mark for the first time at the men’s semi-finals in 2013.

A style icon is born: A glamorous Kim Sears watches the action from the player's box at the 2013 semi-finals

A style icon is born: A glamorous Kim Sears watches the action from the player's box at the 2013 semi-finals

Now Mrs Andy Murray, she continues to wow tennis fans with her sartorial nous
She also looked great at the final, when she wore delicate mint green

Looking good: Now Mrs Andy Murray, she continues to wow tennis fans with her sartorial nous

Wearing a glamorous orange dress, her hair set in her trademark waves, the 27-year-old gave the celebrities watching near by a run for their money in the style stakes.

She followed that a few days later with a chic mint-green number for the final, which now husband Andy Murray won in the three-hour thriller.

2010: THE LONGEST MATCH

Played over three gruelling days and involving 11 hours and five minutes on court, John Isner’s match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010 went down in Wimbledon history as the longest ever played.

The first-round match saw both men serve more than 100 aces each and saw scores go so high, the Wimbledon scoreboard proved unequal to the task and broke down.

Gruelling: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner spent a total of 11 hours and five minutes on court in 2010

Gruelling: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner spent a total of 11 hours and five minutes on court in 2010

Fiery final: John McEnroe takes on Bjorn Borg for the honours in 1980 - in the end, Borg took the trophy

Fiery final: John McEnroe takes on Bjorn Borg for the honours in 1980 - in the end, Borg took the trophy

American Isner eventually triumphed but went on to lose his second round match against Thiemo de Bakker without serving a single ace.

1980: MCENROE BATTLES IT OUT WITH BJORN BORG

One of the fieriest rivalries in tennis came to a fascinating climax in 1980 when John McEnroe took on Bjorn Borg in the final.

The match began with McEnroe being booed by the usually kindly Wimbledon crowd in response to a tirade unleashed on officials during his semi against Jimmy Connors.

But as the five-set marathon got underway, the crowd settled down and watched in fascination as the ice-cool Swede Borg slowly ground his American opponent down.

McEnroe got his revenge a few months later when he beat Borg by a similar margin in the final of the US Open.

1961: THE LAST ALL-BRITISH FINALS

It ended in a British victory but the women’s singles final of 1961 was the last time a UK winner was guaranteed from the start.

All British: Angela Mortimer (left) beat Christine Truman to win the last all-British final in 1961

All British: Angela Mortimer (left) beat Christine Truman to win the last all-British final in 1961

Angela Mortimer battled it out for the title against Christine Truman, eventually winning the trophy in straight sets.

Ms Mortimer, 83, went on to marry BBC commentator John Barrett and now lives in retirement in Plymouth.

2014: FABIO FOGNINI HAS A SPECTACULAR MELTDOWN

John McEnroe’s 1981 outburst might be the most famous but another from Fabio Fognini in 2014 proved considerably more expensive.

The Italian found himself £27,500 worse off after launching an expletive-laden rant during his first round match against Alex Kuznetsov of the USA.

Fuming: Italy's Fabio Fognini had a spectacular meltdown during his first round match at Wimbledon 2014

Fuming: Italy's Fabio Fognini had a spectacular meltdown during his first round match at Wimbledon 2014

Expensive: The Italian's bad behaviour landed him with a steep £27,000 fine

Expensive: The Italian's bad behaviour landed him with a steep £27,000 fine

After crashing out in the third round following a five-set loss to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, Fognini compounded his errors by blaming his defeat on Wimbledon officials.

2003: MARTINA NAVRATILOVA WINS HER 20TH TITLE

One of the greatest players ever to grace the centre court, 2003 saw Czech player Martina Navratilova win her 20th victory – equalling the record set by Billie-Jean King – in that year’s mixed doubles final.

Her first came in 1975 and by 2003, Navratilova was 46 and well into the twilight of a career that included a record-breaking 167 singles trophies and 177 doubles titles.

Achievement: Martina Navratilova won her 20th title with the help of Leander Paes (left) in 2003

Achievement: Martina Navratilova won her 20th title with the help of Leander Paes (left) in 2003

Hard-fought: Rafael Nadal celebrates after squeaking to victory over Roger Federer by a point in 2008

Hard-fought: Rafael Nadal celebrates after squeaking to victory over Roger Federer by a point in 2008

She returned to Wimbledon the following year for another crack at the singles title but crashed out in the second round following a defeat at the hands of Gisela Dulko.

2008: RAFAEL NADAL NARROWLY BEATS ROGER FEDERER

One of the most nail-biting finals of recent times, the 2008 men’s singles trophy was won by Spaniard Rafael Nadal – by a single point.

His opponent was Roger Federer, a man in the hunt for his sixth Wimbledon title and who had no intention of letting the title go quietly.

Instead, the two battled it out in front of a hushed crowd in a final that grew more tense by the minute and only ended when Federer made a rare mistake, smashing a forehand into the net and gifting Nadal the point he needed to win.

2014: THE MOST STAR-STUDDED FINAL EVER

Glamorous line-up: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take in the 2014 men's final alongside Sir Chris Hoy

Glamorous line-up: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take in the 2014 men's final alongside Sir Chris Hoy

Stars: Also in the Royal Box were David and Victoria Beckham, the Duke of Kent and Samuel L. Jackson

Stars: Also in the Royal Box were David and Victoria Beckham, the Duke of Kent and Samuel L. Jackson

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic might have been slugging it out on the court but at least as many eyes were on the star-studded crowd that occupied the stands.

Along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, unlikely tennis fans Victoria and David Beckham ensured all eyes were on them with a rare PDA – as did former couple Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse.

Also there was Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky, Christine Bleakley and fiancé Frank Lampard and Keira Knightley and her husband James Righton.

2011: BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS WEARS TENNIS BALLS  

The American surpassed herself when she appeared on court at Wimbledon wearing a bizarre jacket with what appeared to be white tennis balls mixed with tassels on the sleeves.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands wears a tennis ball inspired gown to the Wimbledon pre-tournament party in 2011

Wacky: Bethanie Mattek-Sands wears a tennis ball inspired gown to the Wimbledon pre-tournament party in 2011. The 'Lady Gaga of the tennis world' followed that with a similar number in white on the court (left) 

Dubbed ‘the Lady Gaga of the tennis world’, 30-year-old Bethanie Mattek-Sands is no stranger to an outre ensemble.

But in 2011, the American surpassed herself when she appeared on court at Wimbledon wearing a bizarre jacket with what appeared to be white tennis balls mixed with tassels on the sleeves.

Outrageous though the choice was, it wasn’t the first time that Mattek-Sands had outraged sensibilities at Wimbledon.

In 2006, she turned up wearing a ‘soccer-themed’ ensemble that included a £10 pair of football socks, chandelier earrings, tiny running shorts and a tube top worn over a vest. 

 

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