Ford nets Wimbledon deal

Players such as reigning Champion Roger Federer, British hopeful Andy Murray and the ever-dominant Williams sisters will travel in Ford vehicles to and from the courts after the manufacturer signed a deal to supply 164 cars to organisers.

The logistics of organising one of tennis’ biggest and most popular events are often overlooked as organisers have to organise five main tournaments featuring over 350 players over the course of two weeks.

Ford, which provided cars for the event last year, has delivered a range of Ford Galaxy, S-Max and Kuga models, all with low-CO2 TDCi engines to reduce the carbon footprint of the tournament.

Neil Cunningham, General Manager UK & European Strategic Projects, Hertz UK Ltd said: "We were delighted to partner with Ford again for The Championships; having a spacious and reliable fleet is essential to provide the very best service to players and coaches."

The Ford Galaxy MPV offers seven seats and between 308 and 2,325-litres of load space depending on the seating configuration. The extra space makes it ideal for carrying tennis equipment, says Ford.

As requested by rental company Hertz and the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), all 164 of the Ford vehicles have been finished in blue and silver for the tournament, which started this week.

Russell McGill, director of fleet development, Ford of Britain said: “We are delighted that Hertz have chosen Ford vehicles as their transport of choice. The close association with celebrity sports men and women at Wimbledon is great for our brand.”