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@ESPNTennis: Los Angeles Resident Wins First-Ever Contest in North America to Design Official 2014 Wimbledon Poster

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David Bartholow Will Fulfill his Lifelong Dream of Sitting on Centre Court at Wimbledon after his Poster is Chosen by the Judges

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David Bartholow of Los Angeles has won the first-ever contest for fans in North America to design the official annual Wimbledon poster, it was announced today at a press conference at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London.  ESPN and the AELTC collaborated on the planning, on-air and online promotion and the execution of the contest.  Ten entries were selected and displayed on ESPN.com, with fans voting for their favorite.  With those votes in mind, the final decision was made by AELTC Chairman Philip Brook and ESPN tennis analysts and Wimbledon champions Chris Evert and John McEnroe.

Bartholow said, “The poster is inspired by the London summer light, the mystique of Wimbledon, and the hues and geometry of Centre Court.  The piece is informed by an appreciation for independent British graphic design and, more personally, lifelong dreams of visiting the All England Club.”

Wimbledon PosterEvert added, “I liked this poster because it was clean, abstract.  Less is more. I like the colors, simplicity and the class.”

According to McEnroe, “This poster got my vote because it was traditional but also bold and with the times.”

Speaking for the AELTC, Brook said, “We were delighted with the reaction to our initiative to hold a poster competition with ESPN, and would like to thank the American public for their varied and impressive range of entries. The winner put the tradition of Wimbledon, the purple and green, the grass, and the net, at the heart of the design, in a way that we felt well represented Wimbledon.”

Jason Bernstein, senior director, programming and acquisitions in ESPN’s programming department, added, “This exclusive partnership continues to deliver for fans, as we promised they would get to be closer to The Championships than ever before. Coming off an historic finish to last year’s event with a Sports Emmy Award nomination, we look forward to a banner year at The Championships…one with a unique and long-lasting American twist.”

ESPN’s extensive year-round coverage of tennis continues in May with two ATP 1000-point events on ESPN3 from Madrid and Rome, leading to the French Open on ESPN2 and ESPN3 starting Sunday, May 25.  ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon, begins Monday, June 23.  Among ESPN’s 46 nominations at the annual Sports Emmy Awards – to be announced Tuesday, May 6 – is the 2013 Gentlemen’s Championship in the Live Sports Special category.  ESPN Tennis is also nominated in the Writing category for features aired during Wimbledon and the US Open.

ESPN – All Four Majors, All In One Place

Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and provided many memorable moments, but it has never been as important as today, with the US Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam events, something no other U.S. network has ever done, let alone in one year. ESPN has presented the Australian Open since 1984, the French Open since 2002 (plus 1986 – 1993), and Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity for live television with all other rights extended in a 12-year agreement starting in 2012.  Exclusivity for the US Open in an 11-year agreement begins in 2015.

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