Not long ago the worlds of sport and wine explored totally different orbits. Footballers drank a fair amount, to be sure, but in Britain at least their beverage of choice came in pint glasses. Cyclists and long-distance runners once used brandy to keep them going, but then moved away from alcohol altogether and discovered cleverer stuff that came in syringes and intravenous drips. Now, though, you can’t keep them apart. Manchester United force Wayne Rooney to exhibit his ludicrous ham-acting skills in Casillero del Diablo adverts; the ongoing football World Cup has a partnership with Taittinger; and the Ryder Cup will be toasted with a special bottling of Mouton Cadet, “available from the month of June in some of the best golf courses and fine wine shops around the world”. And then there’s Wimbledon, the demure, advertising-averse London-based tennis jamboree, which is in the fourth year of a partnership with Jacob’s Creek.
So here’s a competition for you – try to think of a wine-related tennis player, and if it makes me chuckle I’ll send you a bottle of Jacob’s Creek in a special commemorative collectable cut-out-and-keep Wimbledon jacket, exceedingly similar to the one pictured left. Or, more accurately, Jacob’s Creek will send it to you. Entries welcome either by email, by adding a comment to this post, or to @TheCellarFella on Twitter. And here are a few of my own:
Bjorn BorgogneEmbed from Getty Images
John MâconroeEmbed from Getty Images
Lindsay VintageportEmbed from Getty Images
Chi-anti Murray RiverEmbed from Getty Images
Riojer FedererEmbed from Getty Images
Chateauneuf du Pat RafterEmbed from Getty Images
Johan Jacobs Kriek*Embed from Getty Images
* You should know who Johan Kriek is – he won two Australian Open titles in the 1980s, and got to the semi-finals in France and the US. Though to be fair he was only good for a couple of years. And I had to check on Wikipedia to make sure I hadn’t just made him up.
So go on, thinking caps on. You can’t do any worse than me…
how could you forget ARTHUR GrenASHE?
Arthur Grenashe is indeed a brilliant shout. There’s loads more out there, though. How about, um, Juan Martín zinfandel Potro? No?
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Very good, but what about Justine (C)Henin Blanc?