THE TEMPLE OF TENNIS TRADITION
Above the players’ entrance to Centre Court – which in 2022 is celebrating its centenary at its current home in the Church Road ground and seats 15,000 –lines from the poem If by Rudyard Kipling read:
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same
These verses encapsulate the event’s philosophy because, at Wimbledon, the greatness of the sport lies not in victory but in the humility and perseverance of the champions.