As one of the most celebrated tennis event in the world, the Wimbledon marks a particular moment in British summer time – this affair extends far beyond Centre Court. Strawberries and champagne in the park and sunny open-air match screenings has become a global tradition. This popular tennis event takes place every year at the All England Club in London, it runs for two weeks and attracts over 500,000 spectators.
Here are our top 5 thought-provoking facts about this celebrated event:
It Goes Way Back To 1877
The first Wimbledon Championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Men’s Singles was the only event played that year. Ladies’ Singles and Men’s Doubles events came on the scene in 1884. And, in 1913, the Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles events were added to the tournament.
On the job
Around 250 from around 750 entries come through a rigorous training routine. Months before the tournament, BBGs go through intense training sessions to prepare for Wimbledon.
The famous Wimbledon balls
During the tournament, 54, 250 tennis balls are used. The balls are replaced after every seven to nine games to make sure they’re in perfect shape throughout the match. Those not in use are even stored in a refrigerated container to keep them in tip-top condition. Fun-fact: Wimbledon once used white tennis balls. But they were replaced with yellow balls in 1986 to make them more visible to TV cameras.
The longest match ever played in tennis
The longest match ever played at Wimbledon took place at the 2010 tournament. John Isner of the United States defeated French player Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days.
Record for fastest serve
The record for fastest men’s serve at Wimbledon belongs to US player Taylor Dent, whose ball clocked in at 238 kph. And Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest women’s serve after smashing a tennis ball about 205 kph.
Curtseying to the royal box used to be mandatory
Players used to bow to the Royal Box upon entering or leaving the Centre Court. In 2003, the President of the All England Club, the Duke of Kent, decided to discontinue that tradition. The players are now supposed to bow only if His Royal Highness Prince of Wales, or Her Majesty the Queen is present. This new tradition was followed at the 2010 Championships when the Queen was in attendance.
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