With the oldest and most famous tennis tournament in the world about to kick off for the 135th time, now is the perfect time to browse this beautiful black-and-white photo series I stumbled on. It documents the 85th Wimbledon Championships which took place in 1971. Of course, LIFE Magazine sent their best photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, to document the preparation, the anticipation, the style and the action both on and off the court.

Fans arrive in south-west London

Behind the scenes Preparation

Let the games begin!

Time for a tea break

And some people watching…

Time ladies and gentlemen…

GAme, set, match!

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  1. Joan seymour Reply

    Hi Ellie , always a great event and nice memories of 1971 , fashion especially as been married 2 years then and loved 60/70 era. Xx

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