| By Adam Wolfthal
Photo credit: Adam Wolfthal

New York Tennis Magazine was on the scene as HSBC brought the feel and atmosphere of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club to the streets of New York City for Wimbledon 2013.

In Flatiron Plaza at Broadway, between 22nd and 23rd, HSBC set up a grass court where attendees had the opportunity to play with their friends or try their hand at beating a tennis pro from Gotham Tennis Academy, for the chance to win a Babolat racquet. Whomever won the most points against the Gotham Tennis pro, out of eight points, each day of the exhibit, wins their choice of a new Babolat racquet.

To open the event, Jim Courier and Monica Seles, both of whom have a multitude of Wimbledon experience under their respective belts, were on hand to share in the activities and played a match on the makeshift grass court. 

Also available at the HSBC-sponsored Wimbledon exhibit was a photo booth complete with props to provide a memorable photo from "the grounds of Wimbledon." It wouldn't be Wimbledon without a Henman Hill or Murray Mound, so in honor of that great tradition, a big screen was set up showing live coverage from the Grand Slam tournament, complete with a small grass hill where spectators sat and enjoyed the matches, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan. Samples of the classic Wimbledon treat, strawberries and cream, were also handed out courtesy of California Giant Berry Farms.

 

Credit all photos to Adam Wolfthal

Attendees take in live Wimbledon action on a makeshift Henman Hill in the Flatiron District of New York City

 

HSBC reps decked out in their all-white Wimbledon gear 

 

Attendees play on replica grass courts as HSBC brings the Wimbledon experience to the streets of Manhattan

 

New Yorkers soak in the Wimbledon experience in downtown Manhattan