THE FASHION, THE MUSIC, THE FOOD, THE MATCH
Brought back to life in a unique audio-visual show
Wimbledon Rematch 1980 is a multisensory experience that thrusts you into the heart of the action as if being taken back in time to experience the tournament all over again. It incorporates a mix of archive film, live actors, choreography, projection, music and period props to create a unique festival and a show.
Over several hours, you experience vintage installations and activities that tug on the heart strings. Test your tennis commentary whilst perfecting your 80s style. Feast on a delicious selection of Wimbledon-inspired food and drink, and be blown away by a unique audio-visual re-imagination of the classic men’s final.
Re-live the Experience
The official Wimbledon Rematch 1980 highlights film is here. In summer 2019, sport lovers and immersive experience enthusiasts travelled back four decades to re-live one of the greatest tennis tournaments of all time – The Championships, Wimbledon 1980.
Marking the All England Club’s first ever public event outside of staging The Championships, attendees were transported back to experience the distinctive culture and lifestyle of the era.
Wimbledon Rematch Films
1980 was not only a pivotal year at Wimbledon, but for the country. Watch our mini-series to learn about Borg and McEnroe’s rivalry, and the build up to what has become known as one of the greatest matches in history.
Roll up, roll up. It’s 26 May 1980, and the countdown to Wimbledon Rematch is on. Mount St Helens has erupted, Gloria Vanderbilt is tackling fashion, and Evonne Goolagong is preparing for Roland-Garros.
The countdown to Wimbledon Rematch continues. The Rubik’s Cube launches, Russia is confident Great Britain will play a part in the Summer Olympics, and McEnroe is eliminated from Roland Garros.
In edition 3, Andrea Jaeger becomes Wimbledon’s youngest seed, a schoolboy opens the Dartford tunnel and Wimbledon strawberries hit 75p a portion!
It’s 29 June 1980 and Wimbledon is in full swing.
“The All England Club turned an epic men’s final into a theatrical experience called ‘Wimbledon Rematch 1980’ to try to attract new fans. Spoiler alert: Bjorn Borg won again.”
“Wimbledon Rematch 1980 will be a ‘ground-breaking’ combination of sport, theatre and cinema, where the on-court drama between ‘ice-cool swede’ Borg and ‘American super-brat’ McEnroe will be re-lived.”
“Celebrating history while leaning into the future will come to life later this week through a new immersive experience called Wimbledon Rematch 1980.”
“This is your chance to go back in time and experience everything as if you were there in 1980: the fashion, the food, the music, and, of course, the tennis!”