2009 Wimbledon practice
Welcome to Wimbledon
Specialty Wimbledon tennis balls make a pretty picture when set against the green grass of the All England Club's courts.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer shows off his custom-made warm-ups on the practice court on June 21, 2009.
Stretching in tandem
American sisters Venus (front) and Serena Williams stretched before getting in a training session one day prior to the start of the 123rd Wimbledon Championships.
Wearing athletic tape on her knee, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns a ball during a June 21, 2009 practice session ahead of Wimbledon's start.
Taking a break
After exerting a lot of energy in a practice session, Andy Roddick used a conveniently-placed tarp to rest his feet.
Wait for it
James Blake on a practice court at the All England Club on June 21, 2009.
Facing the pressure of British fans desperate for a home-grown victory, Andy Murray looked focused during his June 21, 2009 practice session.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a forehand shot during a practice session prior to the start of Wimbledon's 2009 action.
Maria Sharapova warmed up her shoulder with some serves on June 21, 2009.
Is she happy to be at Wimbledon or happy to be finished with her practice session? France's Amelie Mauresmo broke into a big grin on June 21, 2009.
Readying the courts
Cleaning staff clean between the seats on July 21, 2009, one day ahead of the start of Wimbledon action.