For 17 consecutive years, the company has been the Official Outfitter of The Championships, Wimbledon in partnership with The All England Lawn Tennis Club and has dressed the chair umpires, line umpires, ball boys and girls. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Centre Court in its current location on Church Road in southwest London.
For this year’s tournament, which begins on June 27 and runs through July 10, the uniforms are inspired by the elevated sense of style that some of the spectators bring to the event, the company said. Case in point: the chair umpires will be wearing belted back sport coats lined with a commemorative Ralph Lauren-designed signature Wimbledon print that includes both the Polo Ralph Lauren and Wimbledon emblems. It will be paired with a wide Bengal stripe shirt that includes recycled materials and either white trousers or a white skirt with pearl buttons.
Ball boys and girls will wear a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt in a navy blue and white wide stripe that includes recycled material and incorporates stretch, moisture-wicking properties and UV protection. Line umpires will sport navy cardigans featuring a white and Wimbledon green striped cuff detail that includes recycled Coolmax fibers.
Whenever possible, the uniforms feature products made with recycled materials and other fabrics that take the community and environment into consideration.
Gus Henderson, commercial director at Wimbledon, said: “This is a special year for the All England Club as we mark the centenary of Centre Court on Church Road. To coincide with this milestone, we are delighted that all our on-court officials, ball boys and girls will be wearing newly designed uniforms produced by our partner, Polo Ralph Lauren. Given our organization’s commitment to be ‘environment positive’ by 2030, it is fantastic to see Polo Ralph Lauren is prioritizing environmental sustainability in the production of the on-court uniforms for Wimbledon.”