Wimbledon 2024: Tradition and Excellence


As the world's eyes turn to Wimbledon 2024, it’s a fitting moment to reflect on the rich history of this iconic tennis tournament and the prestigious trophies that symbolise its greatness. Wimbledon, established in 1877, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is renowned for its blend of tradition, elegance, and competitive spirit. At the heart of this event - as in the case in all truly great competitions - you’ll find a coveted trophy, representing the pinnacle of achievement in tennis. 

The History of Wimbledon

Wimbledon, held at the All England Club in London, is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and is widely considered to be the most prestigious. The tournament has maintained many of its traditional elements, including grass courts, white attire for players, and the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts - all of which contribute to the unique charm and timeless appeal of the event.

The first Wimbledon Championships in 1877 featured a Gentlemen’s Singles competition, with Spencer Gore emerging as the winner. Over the years, the tournament expanded to include Ladies’ Singles, Gentlemen’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, growing in prominence and attracting the world’s best players. Today, Wimbledon is more than a sporting event - it’s a global phenomenon, drawing millions of viewers and visitors each year.

The Wimbledon Trophy

The Wimbledon Trophies are among the most coveted awards in the sporting world. The Gentlemen’s Singles champion receives a silver gilt cup, which has been awarded since 1887. The trophy is 18 inches high, bearing the inscription:

“The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World”

Which is a pretty impressive title, if you ask us.

The Ladies’ Singles champion is awarded the Venus Rosewater Dish, a sterling silver salver which has been presented since 1886. This intricately designed dish features classical mythology figures, symbolising elegance and victory.

These trophies, each boasting exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance, are a perfect fit for the prestige of Wimbledon. They’re not just awards - they’re pieces of art, celebrating the highest achievements in tennis.

Crafting Excellence

At Grant Macdonald London, we’re immensely proud of our work in creating fine silverware for our esteemed clients, including sporting associations, government departments, and corporations. Since the 1960s, our creations have adorned trophy cabinets, boardroom tables, and display cases worldwide. Our dedication to craftsmanship and excellence ensures that every piece we create is a timeless work of art:

“It is both a great honour, and our great pleasure - to assist organisations in awarding elite athletes, visiting dignitaries, and high achievers with accolades, immortalised by timeless designs in the finest materials.”

Our commitment to quality and detail is reflected in every piece we produce. We understand the importance of awards in celebrating success and honouring achievements. One of our notable commissions includes designing and making the prestigious Qatar Tennis Open trophies, adding to our legacy of crafting exceptional sporting accolades. Whether it’s a trophy for a sporting event, a diplomatic gift, or a unique commemorative item, our team of skilled artisans are dedicated to creating pieces that are both beautiful and meaningful


As we celebrate Wimbledon 2024, we invite you to consider the artistry and craftsmanship behind the trophies and awards that symbolise excellence. If you would like to discuss a bespoke commission, we would be delighted to receive your call on +44 (0)20 7633 0278 or email: enquiry@grantmacdonald.com.

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