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  • Writer's pictureLewis Woodham

Wimbledon: A Study in Green and Purple

Well, they've done it again. The 2023 Wimbledon Championships is once again serving up a masterpiece, despite wrestling with the unpredictability of the British weather. The raw power of Alcaraz, the ruthless passion from of Svitolina, the unparalleled athleticism of Djokovic, and countless other remarkable performances have given us, the fans, an unforgettable spectacle. We are fortunate to be able to attend the Championships each year, and as we were walking around the grounds on that first Monday, I couldn't help but wonder... where did Wimbledon's iconic green and purple colour palette come from?

In the world of branding, every element tells a story - and colour is one of the most influential narrators. The shades a brand chooses to represent itself can evoke emotions, stimulate associations, and ultimately impact how it's perceived by its audience. The sports industry, including Wimbledon, is no exception.

Man cutting Wimbledon grass
CREDIT: AELTC/Kieran Cleeves

The History Behind Wimbledon's Colours

Interestingly, Wimbledon's iconic purple and green have not always been its signature colours. Over a century ago, the tournament used blue, yellow, red, and green. However, Wimbledon's growing prominence on the international sports stage and a colour clash with the Royal Marines triggered a crucial rebranding. This pivotal point in Wimbledon's history offered the chance to create a distinct and meaningful visual identity. And so, the shift was made to the now-iconic purple and green.

The Power of Green

Green is the most dominant colour at Wimbledon - seen everywhere from the logo to the iconic grass courts. Green is a colour that typically symbolises harmony, growth, and balance. It's closely associated with nature, suggesting a sense of tranquillity and calm. It's no coincidence that the colour green is pervasive at Wimbledon - a tournament deeply rooted in tradition and celebrated in the peak of British summertime, amidst the serene setting of the All England Club. This association between the verdant courts and the peaceful atmosphere of the game creates a comforting, tranquil environment that has become an integral part of the Wimbledon experience.

Wimbledon grass in the dark

The Prestige of Purple

Purple, the secondary colour of Wimbledon, complements the green and adds an additional layer of meaning to the brand. Historically, purple is a colour associated with royalty, nobility, and prestige - making it a fitting choice for a tournament widely regarded as the most prestigious in the world. The purple of Wimbledon's branding evokes feelings of luxury, importance, and high quality, aligning with the tournament's position as the 'crown jewel' of the tennis world.

Creating a Lasting Impression

When combined, the green and purple of Wimbledon's branding create an unforgettable visual identity. The calming harmony of green balances perfectly with the prestigious undertones of purple, mirroring Wimbledon's unique blend of tranquillity, tradition, grandeur, and excellence. It's a testament to how a thoughtful, psychology-backed colour scheme can form a strong, lasting brand image.

Wimbledon centre court

The careful use of colour psychology in Wimbledon's branding demonstrates the tournament's understanding of its audience and the message it wants to communicate. This attention to detail is a significant reason why the Wimbledon brand remains so strong and instantly recognisable worldwide.

In conclusion, colour is not merely a design choice, but a powerful branding tool that can evoke emotions, shape perceptions, and tell a brand's story. Wimbledon's thoughtful use of green and purple is an excellent example of how understanding the psychology of colours can enhance a sports brand's identity and appeal. If you're interested in learning how W&H Design can enhance your brand, reach out to us HERE.


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