HSBC has added a small spin to the lunch breaks of many New Yorkers. One of the sponsors of the Wimbledon Championships, the bank is hosting an event at Rockefeller Center to commemorate the 124th edition of London’s world-renown tennis tournament.
The “Wimbledon Experience” runs through June 25, and features several activities. The most prominent of these is a miniature, grass tennis court, a replica of the surface used during Wimbledon. The court is staffed with tennis instructors who give walk-on lessons to passersby.
Behind the court, a large television screen broadcasts coverage of the tournament. To view the matches, spectators sit in stadium-style bleachers or folding chairs.
The majority of those at Rockefeller Center were businesspeople who were on their lunch breaks. They were also accompanied by several parents who had brought their children to the event. In some cases, pedestrians were attracted to the unique set-up.
“I saw the court from across the street, and having played tennis in high school, I was very interested,” said one passerby on his lunch break.