#ThrowbackThursday: Wimbledon champions

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#ThrowbackThursday: Wimbledon champions
As we move closer to this year's Wimbledon finals, we take a look at some of the tennis greats that defined their generation

Wimbledon has seen thousands of hopefuls come and go, but some have left their indelible mark on its grass courts. Swiss sensation Roger Federer and American legend Pete Sampras are tied for the most number of men's singles wins in the open era (after 1968) with an impressive seven titles each.

Pete Sampras in 1997 holding his fourth of seven singles titles

But trust a woman to raise the stakes. Czech-born US citizen Martina Navratilova won the women's singles title at Wimbledon a whopping eight times. Dubbed one of the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles players ever by fellow tennis great Billie Jean King (a six-time winner), Navratilova still looks impressively fit today.

The dominance of German players in the 80s was evident from Steffi Graf's (a seven-time winner herself) and compatriot Boris Becker's (a three-time winner) joint wins in 1989. Others are imprinted in collective memory for reasons beyond their tennis chops. Think Swede Bjorn Bjorg (a five-time winner), whose classic headband and flowing locks defined late 70s tennis chic.

Steffi Graf and Boris Becker, Wimbledon champions in 1989

And finally, the new millenium brought a dose of hard-hitting athleticism with the dominance of the Williams' sisters — Venus and Serena — who, between them, have won 10 women's singles titles and five women's doubles. Talk about keeping it in the family.

For last week's #ThrowbackThursday, click here.

Text: Renée Batchelor

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