The Championships or simply Wimbledon is the oldest, and perhaps the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. This annually-held tournament is also the only Major (Grand Slam) still played on grass (the game’s original surface – giving the game its original name of "lawn tennis").
When not in the game, you can visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum or go for the Wimbledon Tour experience.
Here are 10 fast facts about the Wimbledon:
1. The tournament is distinguished for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.
2. Players are required to bow or curtsy if Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales is present.
3. The Wimbledon has a tradition of having a strict dress code for competitors, as well as the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators and Royal patronage.
4. All trophies are usually presented by The Duke of Kent, the President of the All England Club.
5. During World War II, a bomb ripped through Centre Court, damaging 1,200 seats.
6. A team of 45 ground staff tend the 19 courts that are all made of 100 per cent rye grass – chosen for its ability to stand wear and tear.
7. Wimbledon is also the only Grand Slam tournament where fans without tickets can queue up and still get seats on Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2. Although, you’d normally have to queue overnight!
8. The Ladies' Single Trophy of Wimbledon is called 'Rosewater Dish' or 'Venus Rosewater Dish'.
9. A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987.
10. Highest attendance ever recorded was in 2001 with 490,081 spectators turning out to watch the event.
11. The longest ever Wimbledon match lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes (between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June, 2010); while the shortest match ever lasted only 37 minutes (when William Renshaw defeated John Hartley in 1881).
Oops…that’s 11 facts! Feeling a bit generous or over-excited are we? What other facts do you know about The Championships? Please share with us on the comments section.
Here’s to a great summer and a great Wimbledon!