Wimbledon Championships Trophies
Every year two players have the opportunity to lift two of the most coveted prizes in the game of tennis. While the Wimbledon prize money is incentive enough for victory, the men’s trophy and the women’s Rosewater dish are both iconic, and have been lifted by only the finest players in the game’s history.
Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy
Arguably one of the best loved images of the Wimbledon Championships is that of the victor raising the famous sliver gilt cup to the roaring fans of centre court.
For over 130 years this stylised, ornate cup with the legend “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World” inscribed on it has been handed to amateur and professional winners alike.
The trophy is 18 ½ inches tall, is of classical style with two large handles and a raised platform. The lid has the form of a pineapple, and sports a head covered with a winged helmet underneath each handle. It is highly decorative inside and out.
Ladies Singles Trophy
The Ladies Singles champion is rewarded with a sterling silver salver, known as the Venus Rosewater Dish. Made in 1864, it is a copy of a pewter original which lies in the Louvre in France, and has a mythological theme.
The figures of Temperance, Minerva and classical gods are featured, as well as the elements and the seven liberal arts of Astrology, Geometry, Arithmetic, Music, Rhetoric, Dialectic and Grammar.
Gentlemen’s Doubles Trophy
The winners of the Gentlemen’s Doubles are presented with a silver challenge cup which was donated by the first sponsors of the event in 1879, the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club. The remarkable Australian duo of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde have claimed this Wimbledon Championship trophy on no fewer than six occasions, five of which were back-to-back wins from 1993 to 1997.
Ladies Doubles Trophy
The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup, an elegant silver cup and cover was first presented in 1949 by the then president of the All England Club, the Princess Marina. The current Duchess of Kent is presently Duchess Katherine, wife of the Duke of Kent, and she now does the honours. Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver were the recipients of this award a remarkable six times in the 1980s.
Mixed Doubles Trophy
The final trophy in this impressive collection of silverware is a second silver challenge cup and cover which was presented to the All England Club by the family of Sydney Smith. Smith, together with partner Frank Riseley, captured the doubles in 1902 and 1906 and he was a member of the British Davis Cup team.