Tennis Wimbledon is one of the 4 grand slam tennis tournaments in the world, every year in June-July. It is held in London at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
Wimbledon has two events – Gentlemen’s Singles and Gentlemen’s Doubles (in which brothers Bob and Mike Bryan attained the Career Doubles Grand Slam). There are also events for Ladies’ Singles and Doubles, as well as Mixed Doubles.
As I mentioned before it is one of 4 grand slams in tennis – The other 3 being: US Open, French Open, and Australian Open.
Tennis Wimbledon facts:
1) It is the longest-running tennis tournament in the world.
2) It has extensive grass courts – The Centre Court has eight grass courts and seven hard courts, while outside there are 13 courts with 22 show courts (which include a Grandstand Court, Court 3, known as “Henman Hill” and No. 1 Court) all made of purple clay.
3) Gentlemen have to wear white, but ladies don’t have a set dress code, although they usually wear dresses or skirts/blouses with collars.
4) All courts are made of grass, except the three ‘show courts’ which are made of a purple clay-like surface. Initially, all eight-show courts were made of this purple clay, but in 2006 the surface was changed to hard courts.
5) It is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments which are played on grass.
6) Only 8 ladies were able to attend the first tournament – The remaining 16 had to be turned away because there were no more seats left for them!
7) The 2011 Gentlemen’s Singles Champion, Novak Djokovic, won the title with his very first match point as he beat Rafael Nadal in 4 sets.
8) In 2011 Petra Kvitova became the first player to win a Wimbledon title whilst wearing a headband. She also wore this accessory during her successful defense of the title in 2012.
9) The Gentlemen’s Singles winner receives £1.15m, while the Ladies’ Singles champion wins £1.03m. However, this is just a small percentage of what they earn by winning their respective titles – Both champions also receive a Silver Cup and prize money from their respective International Tennis Federation Satellites and the rest of their sponsor’s bonuses.
10) In 2013 Petra Kvitova defeated Eugenie Bouchard in the Ladies’ Singles final after serving 23 aces without losing a point. This set an Open Era record for most aces served in a Wimbledon final and third-most during any match.
11) In 2011 Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus to win her fifth Wimbledon title. It was also the first time that two women had contested a Grand Slam final since 2005 Australian Open and only the second time in history.
12) The Gentlemen’s Singles champion returns just 52% of their opponent’s serves, compared with 67% in the Ladies’ Singles final…
13) Roger Federer has won the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles title more than any other man. He is also one of only five men to win Wimbledon seven or more times.
14) Jimmy Connors’ 1980 appearance was his 65th straight grand slam tournament, a men’s record.
15) In 2009 Serena Williams won the Ladies’ Singles final with her older sister Venus losing in straight sets to Italy’s 18-year-old Sara Errani. The sisters are coached by their mother Oracene Price, who was a tennis star in her own right back in the early 1980s.