Get your bowl of strawberries and cream ready and enjoy these fun facts about the world’s oldest Tennis championship; in fact, that is our very first fact.
- Wimbledon is the oldest tennis championship in the world. The very first match was played in the year 1877. Wimbledon is the name of the district in London where the games take place.
- Although it is undoubtedly best to watch the game live, many of us have to make do with the televised match. The hugely popular airing of Wimbledon has been a summer favourite for spectators the world over since 1937!
- Centre Court, on which the championship is played, is sown with 100% ryegrass. The court is saved exclusively for this special sporting event and in recent years has been fitted with a retractable roof to fend off the rain delays that were an unfortunate and disappointing feature of the competition every year.
- About 54,000 balls are used every year during the tennis championship. The balls have to be replaced frequently and many go missing or are taken by spectators. Hundreds of balls are donated to wildlife centres and become cosy homes for harvest mice.
- Ball boys and girls. Who didn’t want to be one when they were younger? Unless you go to school in London you are out of luck. The ball boys and girls are recommended by their head teachers and have to pass a written and fitness test in order to be accepted.
- 23 tonnes of strawberries and 7000 litres of cream are consumed every year at Wimbledon. Strawberries and cream have been a tradition since 1877.
- If you cannot make it to a match this year, you can tour the grounds or even visit the Wimbledon museum throughout the year.
Game. Set. Match
Here are a few tips to get yourself in the mood for The Championships:
- Read one of the many autobiographical accounts written by current and past tennis stars that detail their fascinating careers and their rise to the top.
- Play a tennis themed board game or an exciting online casino game such as Centre Court at Euro Palace.
- Stock up on enough Pimm’s and Strawberries and cream to last you for the entire tennis tournament.
- Best of all, get your tennis whites starched and pressed and make your way to your nearest court to enjoy a great game of tennis.
See you on the court!