Gone a bit Wimbledon

Danny MacAskill teamed up with SW19 legends Tim Henman and Goran Ivanišević to put his own stamp on The Championships



Normally found performing jaw-dropping stunts on mountain peaks, rooftops and movie sets, 31-year-old MacAskill was in altogether different surroundings at The Championships.

It came as he teamed up with former British number one and four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman and 2001 champion Goran Ivanišević to not only thrill fans, but also create a thrilling social media film, in collaboration with HSBC, the Official Banking Partner of The Championships.
 



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"It's all been a bit surreal, this is my first time at Wimbledon and there is such a buzz here," said MacAskill, who has become a YouTube star thanks to his incredible bike skills.

"It's been really fun to work with Tim and Goran. There were really chatty and up for a laugh. We got to make some really cool sequences, inclueding me jumping over Tim's head at one point off a crate full of strawberries and also trying to return one of Goran's big serves with my bike. I think we're pretty evenly matched on the court - only joking!"

With HSBC the lead sponsor of British Cycling, and also a prominent support of Wimbledon, the film presented the chance to combine tennis and cycling to entertaining effect.

Skye-born stunt rider MacAskill showed off his full range of tricks, including launching himself off the umpire's chair before riding across the top of the net around the rallies of Henman and Ivanišević and also jumping over the former British number one, who is an ambassador for HSBC.

He also engage in a spot of tennis with Ivanišević, opting to use his bike wheel as a racquet as fans enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in tennis and take part in games and competitions on HSBC Court 20, a unique fan experience in the famous Wimbledon queue.

And while conceding a new career on the tennis court may not be for him, MacAskill admitted he was impress with the mentality of the sport's players in general.
 

 

"I've not really got the touch for tennis, for some reason I always just blast it to the back. I don't have the technique. Luckily I can ride a bicycle,' added the Scotsman, who also got to soak up some of the action at The Championships.

"I would say the mentality between between the two is similar though. That's what impresses me most about tennis. I'm not necessarily having to do stuff live in front of so many people but if you lose you head in tennis, then it can cause problems. It's the same in riding. You are often doing things you don't know whether you are capable of doing. You have to keep going at it positively until eventuall you get it. I have a lot of respect for the players for sure".

HSBC is the Official Banking Partner of The Championships, and shares the fans' passion that makes Wimbledon unique.

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