Anyone for tennis? Next week sees the start of Wimbledon fortnight with its extensive television coverage which always seems to encourage a brief surge of activity on public courts around the country.
The highly physical pressurised multi-million pound tournament is a long way from the sport enjoyed by millions of amateur players, of course. But even today’s club scene is unrecognisable from its origins as a garden-party pursuit for ladies in corsets and petticoats and men in long white flannels,
Here’s a reminder of those halcyon days of blazers and wooden racquets. These sturdy gentleman are the all-conquering first team of Sheffield and Hallamshire Lawn Tennis Club who were winners of the Yorkshire Competition in 1922, 1923 and 1924. They certainly knew how to pose in those days.