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Workers’ Wimbledon: How the 1930s Labour Party hosted its own socialist tennis tournament

And in doing so, challenged the social exclusivity of private tennis clubs

By David Berry   July 2017

Photo: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Think of tennis and politics and the image that occurs is of Boris Johnson and David Cameron daintily batting a ball over a west London net. Tennis carries with it a blue tint, a decorous conservatism which is always on display at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) during the Wimbledon Championships, when its pavilions and lawns exude the leafy, buttoned-up charm of the prosperous shires and the more ambitious English suburbs.

The sport does indeed have bourgeois roots, as Patrice Hagelauer—the former French…

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