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Photos from Wimbledon: Final Preparations

Sunday, June 22, 2014 /by

Each day during Wimbledon, we'll bring you exclusive photography from Anita Aguilar, who is covering the tournament for Steve Tignor will provide the captions.

The ushers stood ready, but the crowds wouldn’t descend on the All England Club for another 24 hours.

Inside, Wimbledon’s very official-looking security guards gathered for their traditional first Sunday pep talk on Centre Court.

Their credentials waited for them nearby... did their work during the fortnight ahead.

On the last day before the Championships, the players are limited to a few practice courts at the back of the grounds. It was a mad scramble for space on Sunday; Ernests Gulbis and Alison Riske found themselves within a few feet of each other as they returned serve.

Is Goran Ivanesivic about to stamp an L on his forehead as he scolds his charge, Marin Cilic? We’ll see if his tough love pays off when Cilic faces Paul-Henri Mathieu on Monday.

Was Heather Watson a piano player before she took up tennis? The young Brit—”Hev” to her British fans—will feel the pressure of expectations this week.

I don’t think any coach would tell you to play peek-a-boo with your opponent on your follow-through, but it seems to work for top doubles player Peng Shuai.

Last month, Taylor Townsend said, with a laugh, that she would “pass out” if she had a chance to play Wimbledon this year. She got her wish, but she wasn’t in a laughing mood on the grounds today.

Townsend’s fellow American, Serena Williams, wasn't exactly all smiles herself.

Andrea Petkovic has the ball right where she wants it.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has a smile for his French interrogators, and so does the happy lady in front of him.

Simona Halep shows us what getting down for the ball in all about.

Jerzy Janowicz gets some last-minute practice in with his white Wimbledon shoes.

Two men, one shot: Janowicz and John Isner show off their backhands.

Centre Court, all in green for the last time, stood ready for the onslaught.

As did Court 18.

And the field courts.

And Henman Hill.

And the singles draws.

And the grand old steeple atop St. Mary’s. The church has witnessed every Wimbledon since the club moved to its Road in 1922. What will it see over the course of this one?


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