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All England Lawn Tennis Club Honours Unmistakably Loyal Tennis Fans in Wimbledon Spot

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McCann London and directing duo US from Academy thread together a narrative of fandom in a high tempo film

All England Lawn Tennis Club Honours Unmistakably Loyal Tennis Fans in Wimbledon Spot

With less than two weeks to go to the start of The Championships, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is putting fans at the heart of this year’s Wimbledon tournament with the launch of ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing’, the new campaign for The Championships 2021, created by McCann London.

The aim of the campaign is to celebrate the uniqueness of Wimbledon fandom - a passion that goes beyond tennis. No matter where they are around the world, Wimbledon fans take the traditions for which the tournament is known and loved and make them their own. This campaign is a tribute to them.

The campaign trailer, created by McCann London and directed by duo US from Academy, threads together a narrative of fandom in a high tempo film, beginning with one of those unmistakable British scenes - barbequing in the rain, Pimm's in hand. The film builds to show a US-based fan proudly putting the finishing touches to her Wimbledon Bake-Off, while another turns her local wall into Centre Court as she powers down a record-breaking serve. As the film moves on, fans in Tokyo, Thailand, New York, London and beyond continue the theme, sharing their Wimbledon Thing as they engage in the on court action.

AELTC chief executive Sally Bolton OBE commented: “As we continue to work hard to provide final confirmation of our plans for this year’s Championships, we are delighted to express our excitement and enthusiasm for Wimbledon 2021 through the launch of our campaign, ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing.’ Last year’s cancellation provided a timely reminder of the immense passion that our fans have for Wimbledon, brought to life through the many different traditions they re-created, all around the world. This year’s campaign aims to put this fandom at the heart of our narrative, and we are really looking forward to everyone engaging with Wimbledon again, in whatever way you choose, when The Championships begins on 28th June.” 

Rob Webster and Alexei Berwitz, creative directors, McCann London, said: “Wimbledon’s rituals, traditions and sporting excellence inspire fans around the world. We all have our own Wimbledon thing – the acts of fandom and devotion we replay year after year. This film shines a light on just a few of them.”

To put the campaign in the hands of fans throughout the Fortnight, the AELTC will be encouraging anyone and everyone, including the players, to share their #WimbledonThing. This includes a collaboration with UEFA around EURO 2021, leveraging UEFA’s partnership with TikTok, and distribution of the campaign by the AELTC’s official broadcast partners.


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AELTC

Head of Communications, content and digital: Alexandra Willis

Brand Manager: Harry Kerr

Commercial & Media Director: Mick Desmond

Head of Marketing and Commercial: James Ralley

McCann London

Chief Creative Officers: Rob Doubal and Laurence Thomson

Creative Directors: Rob Webster and Alexei Berwitz

Creatives: Ran Stallard and Jenna Morrissey

Creatives: Tom Dixon and Erik Uvhagen

Managing Partner: Tommy Smith

Project Director: Gary Cheesman

Chief Strategy Officer: Theo Izzard-Brown

Planner: Emily Ellis

Executive Producer: Jonathan Davis

Agency Producer: Anna Cartwright

Production team

Director: Us @ Academy

Exec Producer: Medb Riordan

Producer: Stephen Overs

DOP: Rina Yang / Ben Magahy

Production Designer: Mikey Hollywood

Casting: Hammond & Cox

Editor: Thomas Grove Carter @ Trim

Post Production: Black Kite

Grade: George K @ Black Kite

Sound: Adam Smyth @ String & Tins

Music: Wake The Town

Genres: People

Categories: Events, Sports and Leisure

McCann London, Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:58:02 GMT