The LTA today unveiled a new “Color Holders” program, designed to recognize and celebrate the players who have represented Great Britain in tennis.
The revival of Color Holders this year, which for the first time also recognizes wheelchair tennis players alongside non-wheelchair players, marks 125 years since the first players competed for Great Britain in tennis at the Games Olympic Games of 1896 in Athens.
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To celebrate the launch of the Color Holders program, the LTA has produced a video featuring contributions from Virginia Wade, Tim Henman and Peter Norfolk:
Historically, from the early 20th century until the 1980s, players were given a “color” when playing for Great Britain, the equivalent of a football or rugby cap. Becoming a Color Holder was indicated by a unique shield, which has been refreshed and will be considered the new symbol for Color Holders.
As part of the reintroduction of the program and following the compilation of historical records, the LTA has produced a sequential list of all the players who have represented Great Britain in tennis since the very first ones 125 years ago. Currently only 314 players have done so, with each player assigned their own personal number to reflect their place on the roster.
A player becomes a color holder when they first step onto the pitch to represent Great Britain in one of the Davis Cups, Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed Cup), Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup or at the Games Olympic and Paralympic. Players who have participated in two previous international team tennis competitions – the Wightman Cup and the Kings Cup – are also on the roster of color holders.
The program will also provide the opportunity to collaborate and engage with Color Holders as the LTA continues its work to open tennis to many more people across Great Britain.
See the 314 color holders and their individual sequential numbers
To see the full list of the 314 Color Holders who have represented Great Britain in tennis and their individual sequential numbers, click on the link below:
CEO of LTA, Scott Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be relaunching the Color Holders in the UK tennis community. Representing your country in any sport is a special achievement, and tennis is no different. With the reintroduction of the program and the assignment of personal representative numbers to each player, this is an accomplishment that we want to ensure that it is widely recognized and celebrated for players past, present and future.
The reintroduction of the program was done in consultation with former players and led by LTA President David Rawlinson: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the development of the new program. Representing your country provides a status that a player can carry with them for the rest of their life, and the new Color Holders program allows us to celebrate that in a proper way and ensure that our best players continue to feel an important part of the game. British tennis. family.”
I am proud to be a color holder – there is a great story to this program and to see so many names on the list is fantastic
Color holder n ° 144, Virginia Wade said: “It’s great that Color Holders has been relaunched to recognize all of the players who have represented Great Britain in tennis. I’m proud to be a Color Holder – there is a great story in this program and to see so many names on the list is fantastic. “