Yes! The 2010 Wimbledon Winners Ball photos are here. The dinner, celebrated and attended by the year’s champions, is one of my favorite Wimby traditions, this time around starring Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. (Alas, the ladies’ and gentlemen’s champs are no longer expected to dance together.) The party was Sunday night at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel.
Judging from these photos, it was an absolutely blissful evening.
Talk about a power table. . .
Rafa looks like he just caught a 100 pound tuna on his family’s fishing boat with Roger, Shakira, Uncle Toni, Xisca and the entire Spanish World Cup looking on. Chocolate croissants and Quely biscuits for all! Vamos!
A rapturous Serena is thinking, “Billie Joe, who?”
I’m loving the goofy smiles and the glamorous attire. Serena told the press about her dress on Saturday:
Q. Did you already choose a dress for the Champions’ dinner?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I always pack a dress when I come to Wimbledon. I have a dress that I brought.
Q. Can you describe it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s a Max Azria. I might change my mind; might wear something else.
Apparently Wimbledon provides a “dresser” for the winners, in case they don’t make like Serena and pack ahead. Via Wimbledon.org:
For the last 10 years, Elisabeth [Piner] has dressed the Wimbledon tennis champions for the championship dinner at the InterContinental Hotel. On the final Sunday of the tournament, she wheels rails of extravagant dresses from her dress-hire company – complete with matching bags, shoes and jewellery – into the ladies changing room and the air fills with chat, excited titters and giggles as the girls enjoy trying on dress after dress.
“I bring about 100 outfits to ensure lots of choice and they try loads on. The girls absolutely adore fantastic, glamorous dresses,” says Elisabeth.
“I have a lovely relationship with them. It’s lovely to see Kim Clijsters play again. She always runs to hug me in the changing room. And I’ve known and dressed Venus and Serena since they were juniors. They are much more risqué with their look now. At first they just wanted to look demure, with nothing low-cut or revealing.”
Perhaps Ms. Piner’s greatest contribution is a make up artist to correct those pesky tan lines.
UPDATE: Per her Twitter account, Serena was wearing a Burberry dress to the party. Perhaps she made use of Ms. Piner’s dress rack.
Here’s the girls’ champion: Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic:
(I guess the make-up artist doesn’t do feet)
The boys’ winner, Marton Fucsovcs of Hungary: