Wimbledon 2022 promises to be one of the most exciting chapters in the tournament’s history after a turbulent few years in SW19.
The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the 2021 version starting with crowd capacity restrictions.
However, despite the setbacks of previous years, 2022 sees the return of thousands of tennis fans, eager to sample strawberries and cream, and some high quality tennis.
British interest in the men’s competition is reduced this year, with Cameron Norrie ranked as an outsider and Andy Murray making his latest return to the All England Club, but defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu could be a dark horse in the women’s tournament.
Thousands of fans will flock to SW19 in the coming weeks and there’ll be plenty eager to take a seat on the famous patch of grass to cheer on their favourite tennis players. The Sporting News takes a look at the unlikely landmark.
What happens with Henman Hill/Murray Mound in 2022?
British tennis fans have endured their share of Wimbledon frustration over the years with decades of near misses for UK stars.
Following Fred Perry’s win in 1936, no British man reached the final until Murray in 2012, with Virginia Wade the most recent female finalist, in her 1977 triumph.
However, the optimism of Tim Henman from 1996 to 2004 revived UK interest in Wimbledon for the best part of a decade.
Henman’s performances saw the Aorangi Terrace – one of the grass-banked areas surrounding the All England Tennis Club – renamed as Henman Hill, as thousands of fans flocked to watch live televised action at the side of Court No.1.
Despite Henman’s record of four semi-final appearances in five years, from 1998 to 2002, he never reached a final, and the ‘hill’ became a symbol of his struggles.
Murray’s wins in 2013 and 2016 flipped the script for British tennis, with the area affectionately renamed as Murray’s Mound, to reflect the Scot’s incredible performances on Centre Court.
What is the history behind Henman Hill/Murray Mound?
Aorangi Terrace comes from the previous occupants of the area, the London New Zealand Rugby Club, which moved from the site in 1981.
The name originates from the Māori description of Aoraki, the highest mountain in New Zealand, also known as Mount Cook.
The open zone is still formally known by its official name, but media and fans alike have switched between nicknames, depending on the success of UK tennis.
What other nicknames does Henman Hill/Murray Mound have?
The changing fortunes of British tennis has seen the fan zone change names on numerous occasions since the 1990’s.
On occasion during Henman’s leaner years, Greg Rusedski’s form saw it briefly dubbed as ‘Rusedski’s Ridge’, before Henman’s retirement in 2007.
Murray’s impressive return of three semi-finals in a row, between 2009 and 2011, saw the birth of a few new versions, including ‘Murray’s Mound’, ‘Mount Murray’, and his favourite of ‘Murrayfield’.
In British Women’s tennis, there have also been alliterative renames, including ‘Robson Green’, ‘Heather Hill’ and ‘Konta Kop’, as Laura Robson, Heather Watson and Johanna Konta took to the court.
However, the rise of Raducanu has seen the closest rival to Henman and Murray, with ‘Raducanu Ridge/Rise’ set to be the focus in 2022.
The 19-year-old’s sensational US Open victory in September sent shockwaves through the sport and she will be looking to build on a fourth-round exit from 2021.