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Winning(ton-Ingram) and Wimbledon

With Wimbledon fever in the air, it’s the perfect time to remember Bishop Winnington-Ingram’s love of tennis!

Did you know that one of London’s most famous bishops had a passion  for tennis? Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram, who served as the Bishop of London from 1901 to 1939, wasn’t just a spiritual leader; he was also a sports enthusiast! This might come as a surprise, but this cleric knew his way around a tennis court just as well as he did around a sermon.

Winnington-Ingram’s life was a blend of devotion and dynamism. Known for his heartfelt sermons and leadership during World War I, he also made time for some serious baseline action. For him, tennis wasn’t just a hobby; it was a way to unwind and stay connected with people outside his religious duties.

From flowing robes to tennis whites, Winnington-Ingram was prepared for anything and anyone. From casual matches with friends and family to notable opponents such as President Roosevelt and Wimbledon winner Helen ‘Miss Poker Face’ Wills, Bishop Winnington-Ingram was a passionate tennis player.

Although Fulham Palace’s tennis court no longer stands today, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, just a short journey from Fulham Palace, is the epicenter of tennis greatness. It’s thrilling to think that while players today are smashing serves and rallying on Centre Court, a bishop was once equally passionate about the game.

As you watch the next epic match at Wimbledon, think of Bishop Winnington-Ingram. Picture him cheering from the sidelines, or even better, imagine him playing a friendly match at Fulham Palace. His love for tennis is a joyful reminder that our passions can bridge the gap between our professional lives and personal happiness.

Fulham Palace tennis court