Murray tweets message to London

Andy Murray #message2london - Vauxhall CrossIn time for the start of Wimbledon, Andy Murray has sent a message to nine million Londoners via Outdoor Plus’ #message2london campaign: “I’m supporting the WWF and sniffer dogs @ Wimbledon to end illegal wildlife trade”

CELEBRITIES TO TAKE THEIR TWEETS TO THE STREET
Bono, Tracey Emin, Jamie Oliver, Paloma Faith, Andy Murray and other famous personalities are collaborating with Outdoor Plus to deliver a message to London

Outdoor Plus, London’s most innovative digital out-of-home company, is launching a ground-breaking campaign offering celebrities a public platform to deliver their own message to the capital.

The initiative, called #message2london, will see commentators from the worlds of food, music, art, politics and entertainment send a personal message to London, in ten words or less, each week.

Digital OOH is proven to accelerate social media activity, and Outdoor Plus is taking private messaging to a whole new dimension. Their ‘tweet on the street’ will reach more than nine million Londoners every week, and this reach will be extended to social media via #message2london.

The campaign began on Friday 29 May, with a teaser quote from poet Samuel Johnson. #message2london officially launches with a message from singer Paloma Faith today. Messages will follow from Bono, Jamie Oliver, Richard E Grant and Tracey Emin, with other famous contributors soon to be revealed.

Each message will be broadcast for seven days, across all 14 Outdoor Plus sites in London including key central locations, like Euston Underpass, Vauxhall Cross, The Eye Holborn, Cheyne Walk and the City of London Gateway.

Jonathan Lewis, managing director, Outdoor Plus, said: “In an age where so many messages are communicated through private channels we are thrilled to provide a chance for people to talk to more than nine million Londoners in the most visible public way. We are grateful to all the celebrity participants for embracing our ‘tweet on the street’ to help us demonstrate the instant fame which DOOH can deliver.”

A Message to London runs until the end of August 2015.

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Broady causes Wimbledon shock

UntitledLiam Broady came back from 2 sets down in the first round of Wimbledon 2015 to beat Australian Marinko Matosevic in 5 epic sets. The young Brit coached by Dave Sammel friend and contributor to Love Tennis blog , showed incredible grit determination and mental strength to prevail in 5 epic sets much to the delight of the British crowd.

The young Brit found himself two sets behind despite playing well in the opening exchanges. The higher ranked Marinko Matosevic seemed to be more confident on the grass and one the first sets 7-5 6-4 but buoyed by the home crowd and the fact it was his home tournament, Broady fought back on court 18. He took the third 6-3 and the momentum slowly began to shift away from the Australia. Energized by the crowd Broady went up a level once again and took the forth 6-2. Broady had the momentum and confidence and a physically wilting Australian seemed to be getting weaker by the very second. Once Broady sealed the break in the fifth set there was an inevitablility about the set as Broady never looked like relinquishing his position.

On match point, Liam Broady yelled and screamed at the crowd delighted to win his first ever grand slam match in his career. Up until this point the Mancunian’s best result at a slam tournament was reaching the final round of qualifying in Melbourne at the Australian Open. Credit much go to Dave Sammel of Team Bath and Locker Room Power as Broady really demonstrated his coaches methods work. The swagger and determination on the face of Broady was great to see especially against a guy ranked almost 50 places higher in the world rankings. Liam Broady next faces Belgian top 20 seed David Goffin who will be an altogether different prospect.

You can listen to our Dave Sammel Interview in the link below.

A look ahead to the US Open

The 2015 US Open gets underway at the end of August and is the last major championship on the tennis calendar. Last year, Marin Cilic won the 134th edition of the event but this season, the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka will all be keen to claim the final major of 2015, while five-time champion Roger Federer could spring a surprise and earn a sixth success at the event. We take a look at the tournament and give our thoughts on the chances of the main contenders. For more information and news regarding the men’s singles competition or tennis news in general, click here.

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Novak Djokovic remains the greatest tennis player on the planet and, despite losing out on the French Open title at Roland Garros, will be looking to secure both the Wimbledon and US Open crowns to cap off a superb year. The Serbian, who defeated Andy Murray to lift the Australian Open at the start of 2015, is in scintillating form but has lost four of his five finals at the hard court tournament. His rivals will take confidence from this disappointing record and will hope that they can outwit the world number one and prevent him from finishing 2015 with yet another major success.

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Meanwhile, British number one Andy Murray is also playing some phenomenal tennis and will be quietly confident of achieving success in the final two majors of the year. The 28-year-old recently won his fourth Queens championship crown and will be looking to claim his second US Open title after he defeated Djokovic back in 2012 to earn his first major success. Murray will be fully focussed on Wimbledon – his home event – but will ensure that he is completely prepared for the United States tournament later in the summer. Although his preferred surface is grass, the 2012 US Open champion has shown his versatility in the past and could compete for glory.

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Roger Federer is still an incredible tennis player and continues to defy his age. The Swiss athlete, who has won the US Open a staggering five times, will be looking to round off an excellent year with a major victory. The 33-year-old may not be the player that he once was, but he continues to beat the world’s greatest players on a regular basis and if he can find some consistency then he will certainly stand a great chance of claiming a sixth crown.

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Wimbledon Preview 2015

wimbledon preview 2015-2It is that time of year again, the grass court season is in full swing and the greatest tennis tournament in the world begins tomorrow in Wimbledon. The pristine lawns of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club have been carefully prepared since last years tournament and will see their first action tomorrow. The Wimbledon Championships are here.

In most of the literature from the tennis experts we read that Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be crowned the champions in two weeks time.The British media do as they always do every year building up the British players none more so Andy Murray who seems to be coming into form at the right time. But can we expect any surprises at this years Championships? Will anyone upset the status quo?

The ladies chasing pack is packed full of maybes but not so full of probables. Serena Williams is stronger that almost every other lady even at 75% should expect to win. Players like Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep are expected to go deep in the tournament but they need a big of luck to get rid of Serena. On one hand it would be refreshing to see another champion, a new star of the game but on the other hand Serena stands on the brink of history as she bids for the 3 stage of a year grand slam.
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The grass specialists like Sabine Lisicki, Timea Bascinsky and Caroline Wozniacki could also all make the second week and although it would be a surprise to see any of these girls win it wouldnt be such a shock. Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Laura Robson all play the first round with differing expectations. Heather Watson will be hoping for a strong run after an indifferent season so far. Laura Robson will do well to win any matches as this is her second match on her return from an 18 month injury timeout. Johanna Konta who made the semis in Eastbourne last week must also be confident of a shock in the first round against Maria Sharapova on Centre Court. If one of this ladies make the second round it will be certainly positive for the British press.

Despite his final loss against Stanislas Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic is head and shoulders about everyone else on tour. He is a massive favourite for this tournament and few would dare to bet against him. Andy Murray has a very very tough draw and could face Rafael Nadal in the quarters, Roger Federer in the semis and will need to beat Novak Djokovic in the final. Following his 4th victory at Queens Club a week ago Murray will certainly go into Wimbledon 2015 quietly confident. The truth is neither Nadal or Federer will relish playing Murray with huge home support behind him.

Its now or never for Federer too. In 6 weeks the great man turns 34 and it is three years since he last won at Wimbledon. The grass courts favour his game more than the others and the focus on his year will certainly be an eight title at SW19. Federer claims this year he has enjoyed his best warmup to Wimbledon ever. Take this with a pinch of salt as Roger can also be met with a red hot player like Sergiy Stakhovsky and be sent home. Roger could win. Against all odds he took Djokovic 5 sets last year, a guy in the prime of his career and the peak of his powers.

Rafael Nadal will be keen to get back on the horse once again having failed to win Wimbledon since 2011. Rafas confidence on the grass seems to be quite low over these past few years and like Federer the Spaniard is susceptible to an early round shock especially on the green fast courts in the first week. Nadal won in Stuttgart on the grass just days after his disapointment in Roland Garros.

The other form men on tour Nishikori and Wawrinka have never been as comfortable on the grass as the more illustrious counterparts. The game of the 90s was dominated by the big serving forehanders and there seems to be several big hitters lying in wait in the draw. Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Ivo Karlovic and John Isner all possess the game to go far in this event. There is no relaxing against these guys but in general Murray Djokovic Nadal and Federer all seem to have the return games to keep themselves out of trouble.

New Champions would be good for the game of tennis but such is the staying power and longevity of the game’s current champions that we will likely see familiar faces lifting the trophies.wimbledon preview 2015 3

Murals Wallpaper – Wimbledon Special

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With the excitement mounting for Wimbledon starting in just five days time, Murals Wallpaper have gone and put the finishing touches to a brand new tennis inspired wall mural collection. The aim of the collection is to provide a big bold, colourful, and above all fun element to people’s interior décor, whilst being able to celebrate their favourite sport.

Murals Wallpaper wanted to create a uniquely different range to celebrate the summertime institution that is Wimbledon. As one of the biggest events in the worldwide sporting calendar Murals Wallpaper thought it deserved its own range of stylish wall murals.

It’s not all about SW19 either as Murals Wallpaper have included some first rate all-weather designs to the range to suit the needs of every tennis fan!

The new collection is available on the Murals Wallpaper website and your favourite design can be made to your exact specifications to create a beautifully bespoke piece that will fit your chosen wall perfectly.

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Novak Djokovic and Jacob’s Creek partner in ‘Made By’ films series

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Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole), the world number one tennis player and reigning Wimbledon champion, and JACOB’S CREEK (@jacobscreek), the official wine of Wimbledon, hosted an exclusive cooking masterclass on Thursday 25th June, to celebrate the UK launch of the Jacob’s Creek Made By film series – films that reveal the story behind the tennis star.

 

Hosted at the Wimbledon All England Tennis Club in London, Djokovic switched his tennis racket for cooking utensils to prepare some of his favourite recipes,with the support of celebrity chef Lisa Faulkner.

 

Guests at the event enjoyed wines from the worlds most awarded winery*, and watched Novak and Lisa prepare gluten-free pasta with pachino tomatoes and prawns as he talked about how his family’s passion for food has played a key role in shaping who he is today.

Novak is the star of the Jacob’s Creek ‘Made By’ film series, which since it’s launch in January this year has had six million views.

Unscripted and raw, the films show a side of Novak the world has perhaps not seen before. We see the real Novak, recounting the never before told life stories from Belgrade, Serbia, celebrating the people, places and passions that have made him the tennis champion he is today.

Titled ‘Made By Determination’, the documentary style film series takes viewers back to the beginning of Novak’s journey, from growing up in war-torn Serbia where he’d practice tennis near his parent’s restaurant, to the dedication and commitment of his first coach Jelena Gencic, to his pivotal Grand Slam win at Wimbledon.

Commenting on the films at the cookingmasterclass event, Djokovic said: “Watching Pete Sampras play at Wimbledon, something that features in my Made By films, was what inspired me to dream of winning Wimbledon in the first place. Now being back at Wimbledon as the reigning champion, watching my films on the grounds is a very special feeling.”

On sharing his Made By recipes with a cooking demonstration Djokovic said, “Food is a huge passion of mine, and has always played a big role in my life – from watching my parents in their restaurant in Serbia to my own journey where I have listened to my body and overhauled my diet and lifestyle. Bringing my love of food to Wimbledon, a place that holds so many great memories is incredibly rewarding.”

Lucy Bearman, UK Marketing Director for Jacob’s Creek said, “The reaction to the Made By film series has been fantastic. Jacob’s Creek is extremely proud to have brought Novak’s story to 6 million viewers, and counting. Our partnership is truly collaborative, so when we discussed launching the films in the UK, Novak and Jacob’s Creek decided to have some fun and focus on one element featured in the films that Novak has been ‘Made By’, and food was the ideal fit.

“Jacob’s Creek celebrates authenticity, and what is more authentic than watching how someone handles themselves in the kitchen. It’s not every day you see the World’s Number One Tennis Champion cooking up a storm, but it was great to see Novak is as handy with a spatula as he is with a tennis racquet!”

The ‘Made By’ films series has three chapters, Birthed from Serbia, Shaped by Jelena and Inspired by Dreams. The films plus outtakes and behind the scenes can be viewed online at www.madebyjacobscreek.com

The ‘Made By’ films are the next evolution of the extremely successful Jacob’s Creek ‘Open Film Series’ starring tennis legend Andre Agassi. 

The ‘Made By’ film series forms part of the new Jacob’s Creek ‘Made By’ global campaign which celebrates the people, places and passions that go into crafting every bottle of Jacob’s Creek wine.

 

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