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Sweaty Betty's guide to Wimbledon

posted on Monday, 27th June 2016 | find under Fitness
Nothing says summer in London like strawberries and cream, jugs of Pimms and freshly mown grass. This can only mean one thing: Wimbledon is back. With all eyes focused on centre court and Murray Mount filled with eager fans praying for sun, to celebrate the new tennis collection we’ve compiled who to watch, what to wear and our favourite iconic moment.

Who to watch: Johanna Konta

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Image courtesy of British Tennis

Move over Serena Williams, there’s a new player in town. Having become the first British player since 1984 to be seeded and gain access to the prestigious Wimbledon ladies locker room, Johanna Konta caught our eye after reaching the Australian Open semi-finals. Born to Hungarian parents, she became a British citizen four years ago and has been climbing up the ranks ever since. Having told the BBC she aims to play ‘some seriously great matches’, we can’t wait to see her on court.

What to eat

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Pimms and strawberries and cream in vast quantities. For once this is not a stereotype.

What to wear

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Model Karol wears the Tournament Cropped Top and Advantage Tennis Skort

Wimbledon famously only allows players to wear head to toe white. So play like you’re on centre court in the Ace Tennis Polo or Championship Tennis Tunic with the Match Play Tennis Skorts for an umpire-approved look. If all-white isn’t quite your thing, add a pop of fierce florals in the Volley Tennis Dress.

Heading to watch a match? Take your style cues from the court in cream and optic white, with an Ace Tennis Polo added to the mix to show solidarity. Not gracing the Royal Box? If you’re headed to Murray Mount, layers will be necessary, so wear the Norte Luxe Sweat over jeans for tennis-inspired style, or if all else fails add the Lagoa Poncho, it’s waterproof with extra pockets if the heavens open.

Wimbledon Icon: Suzanne Lenglen

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The first woman to play tennis without a corset, this French rebel won Wimbledon six times from 1919 to 1925. Known as The Goddess who famously drank cognac on court, this trailblazer transformed the women's game from a gentle housewives' pastime into a sport where the men, begrudgingly, had to take a back seat.

Where to watch it

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Spectators on Murray Mount

If ticket prices and long queues have put you off heading to the tournament itself, get in the spirit without SW19’s crowds at an outdoor screen. Londoners head to Bluebird in Chelsea or Kings Cross’ Strawberries and Screen, while Manchester’s The Big Screen, Liverpool’s Tennis Plaza and Leeds’ Millennium Square are among a wealth of national locations. Just don’t forget the Pimms.

And finally… Our favourite iconic moment: Murray wins 2013

Despite the fact we are usually all about girl power, the moment Andy Murray ended Britain’s 77 year wait for a mens champion didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. After beating Novak Djokovic in straight-sets, the atmosphere around the country was like Murray on this day - unbeatable.

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