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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Enjoy Tennison the Riviera

10th April 2013

The latest exhibition on show at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is set to go on show later this month. It will feature fascinating French memorabilia dating all the way back to the early 1890s to the late 1930s.

Learn all about the rich history of tennis culture on the Riviera way back in time. As the championships draw ever closer and the anticipation builds, visitors will find this is the perfect thing to get them just in the mood to watch some of the best players in the world.

The warmer climes of the Cote d'Azur attracted tennis' elite players as it offered more than appealing playing conditions during the winter seasons. Among the best talent around at the time were the British Renshaw twins who dominated the sport throughout the 1880s.

This exhibition offers visitors to luxury suites in London the chance to enjoy a wide range of artefacts dating back to the 1890s and this includes a vibrant collection of posters, photographs and graphics from the era.

One of the main highlights is sure to a programme that presents one of the greatest matches in the history of the game. Taking place in Cannes in 1926 between Suzanne Lenglen of France and her American opponent Helen Wills, it was an epic contest and was actually the first and only time the two players competed against one another.

Alongside the new exhibit the museum will be releasing a book entitled The History on the Riviera 1874-1939.

Commercial manager of the museum Ashley Jones commented: "With record attendance growth in all of our major international markets, it's only fitting that the Museum continues to answer the demand for excellence - we believe the reinvented Wimbledon Museum Shop and our latest 'Tennis on the Riviera' exhibition will go beyond visitor expectations, and are proud to be offering such a unique experience to fans from all around the world."

The exhibition will be running from April 22nd to 20th April 2014.

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