Getting into Wimbledon 2010 is probably still the biggest achievement in my photographic career. It is unheard of for a photographer who has never photographed a professional sports event to get into Wimbledon. Furthermore, I was 19 and therefore very young. Finally I was mentored by Bob Martin who is a legend in sports photography.
This is where I first began to really understand how to be a good sports photographer. The feedback that I received was incredibly helpful and probably grounded me a little. Up until then nobody had ever taught be anything about sports photography (self taught for two years) so I thought I was better than I was at that particular time. Now I was learning about backgrounds, lighting etc at such a fast pace (20 minutes each morning). By my third and final day I feel I had improved a great deal and this is the feedback I received.
I shot Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Berdych, Roddick, Hewitt, the Williams sisters, Zvonareva, Bartoli.
It was a special few days and more importantly led to be being picked up by AMA. My time with AMA in undoubtably the most important time in my development but Wimbledon got me that and therefore it was crucial.
More info on my time at Wimbledon on my blog: http://tomflathers.com/section415452.html