Wimbledon Tennis platform • Summer 2020
The 1st April 2020 was a traumatic day for tennis fans all over the globe. It was the day the board of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) announced that The Wimbledon Championships 2020 would be cancelled, due to public health concerns linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. This sowed the seed for ‘Tennis Recreated’ a concept for an unofficial online platform. I wanted to give something back to the tennis community, whilst raising awareness and hopefully some donations for frontline NHS staff.
England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club / Self-generated
Turning the clock back to April 2020, I approached the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club with the concept for an online version of the prestigious Grand Slam tournament. The AELTC were glad to hear my ideas, and following a productive Zoom meeting in May, I launched the Tennis Recreated website. It’s packed with rich content including match videos, photography and Lego competitions, recipe collection, Zoom Party assets, ‘Spot the Slazenger’ and ‘A Question of Tennis’ quizzes, Grand Slam statistics and more. Game, set and match!
Tenez is a Grand Slam display didone typeface from Plau. Its origins are rooted in pointed nib calligraphy which can be seen in contemporary Didot and Bodoni inspired typefaces. But Tenez’s shapes are organic, echoing some of late 19th century typefaces and advertising.
ATF Agency Gothic was designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1932 as a lone titling typeface. In 1990, David Berlow saw potential in the squared forms of the narrow, monotone capitals. He designed a lowercase and added a bold to produce Font Bureau Agency, an immediately popular hit.
social media assets
Before the launch I designed and posted a set of around 100 post images to build an audience and spark some brand recognition. After the launch I used Instagram Stories (with interactive quizzes) to essentially ‘jump the queue’ and appear front and centre in people’s Instagram feeds.
The website was branded using the official Wimbledon colour palette. The tennis themed content was served up across various ‘virtual courts’ located around the website – there’s even a Henman Hill (or Murray Mount) page with summer picnic recipes from BBC Good Food and Waitrose.