Aorangi Terrace, colloquially known as "Henman Hill" or more recently "Murray Mound" (or "Murray Mount"), is a mostly grassed banked area in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where, during the annual Wimbledon tennis championship, crowds of people without showcourt tickets can watch the tennis matches live on a giant television screen at the side of No. 1 Court. The terrace is also the main site for spectators to eat picnics. During television broadcasts of matches, cameras often sweep over the area, and sports journalists frequently conduct vox pops and interviews with members of the crowd.
The terrace is named after Aorangi Park, the London New Zealand Rugby Club's grounds, which were on the site until 1981. Aorangi refers to the 'canonical' Māori description of Aoraki, the highest mountain in New Zealand, also known as Mount Cook. Since the late 1990s however, the area has been referred to by some spectators as "Henman Hill", after the former British player Tim Henman. The area became the focal point of so-called Henmania, where British tennis followers would fanatically support four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Henman as he played often dramatic matches in his many attempts to win the title.
Although "Henman Hill" remains the most widely used name for the area, the terrace's name tends to change depending on which British player is participating. During Greg Rusedski matches, the area was sometimes called Rusedski Ridge.
Since Henman's retirement in 2007, the area was colloquially renamed after the current British number one, Andy Murray, with suggestions such as Murray Mound, Mount Murray, Murray Mountain and Murrayfield (in reference to the stadium in Edinburgh of the same name).
The name "Henman Hill" is still used by the BBC and other media in reference to the area. In 2009, Tim Henman stated on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that he had agreed with Andy Murray it is still "Henman Hill". Henman joked that "[Murray] can have all those grand slams he's going to win but I'm keeping my hill."
In more recent years, tennis pundits and tabloids have occasionally referred to the hill as Robson Ridge or Robson Green (a play on the name of a British actor) or Heather Hill in honour of British women's tennis hopefuls Laura Robson and Heather Watson.
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