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14 Wimbledon Facts That Every Tennis Fan Should Know

14 Wimbledon Facts That Every Tennis Fan Should Know

The Wimbledon or The Championships, Wimbledon is the Most Prestigeous and the Oldest Tennis Tournament being played in the World. Wimbledon was Founded in 1877. This years Wimbledon is the 129th Edition of the Championships. In Open Era it is the 48th Edition and the Third Grand Slam Tournament after Australian Open and French Open in this Year. It is played on Grass Outdoors. Venue for the Wimbledon is The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The total Prize money for 2015 Wimbledon is £26,750,000 (267,28,63,951.38 Indian Rupees) which is increased by 7% from 2014.

Here Presenting you some Facts about Wimbledon.

The Inagural Edition of The WImbledon took place in 1877. Spencer Gore and W. Marshall were the last contenders for the Championship in Men’s Singles. Spencer Gore won all the 3 sets and thereby the Championship. Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles were introduced in 1884.

World War II led for the Cancellation of Wimbledon. In 1940 Centre Court of Wimbledon was bombed during World War II and almost 1200 seats were lost. Play Finally resumed in 1946 but only in 1949 the Bombed area was fully recovered.

From the Start of Wimbledon in 1877 to 1921 the Defending Champions of Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles automatically confirmed a place in the Final and the Rest of them should battle out to Reach the Finals.

As per the Tradition Wimbledon has an off Day on the Seventh Day i.e on Wimbledon’s First Sunday there by making it the only Grand Slam Tournament to have an off Day in the Middle of the Tournament. However in 1991,1997 and 2004 rain broke this Tradition. Also Wimbledon starts on the 6th Monday before the first Monday of August.

More than 50,000+ tennis balls are used Every year in Wimbledon.

The fastest ever serve recorded at Wimbledon was 148 mph by Taylor Dent of the USA against Novak Djokovic in 2010. However he lost the Match.

148mph is equal to 238.183 kmph i.e almost equal to a Racing car.

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Wimbledon has Strict Dress Code of All White. If the Players meet any Stipulation of the Code then Umpires will decide it.

Andre Agassi 8-time Grand Slam Champion refused to take part at Wimbledon during 1988 and 1990 due to the Strict Dress codes and Called it “Stuffy” atmosphere.

Boris Becker was the youngest Male Champion and he did it with 3 more Feets.

He was the First German to win a Wimbledon.

At the age of 17 years and 227 days He become the Youngest Male to win Wimbledon.

He was the First unseeded Player to win Wimbledon.

In 1877 at the age of 15 years, 285 days Charlotte Dod is the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon singles event. However In 1996 at 15 years, 282 days Martina Hingis became a Wimbledon doubles champion.

Only Seven Championships are not affected from Rain since 1921. So In 2009 Centre Court of the Wimbledon is tested with the Newly Built Wimbledon Roof which is heplful to continue the play even if it rains. Wimbledon Roof takes 8-10 minutes to be completely Closed.

Wimbledon Roof consists of a Interactive Twitter Account @wimbledonroof.

I feel very important. Got to protect David Beckham and Sachin Tendulkar today. I bet they wish they had as many supporters as me. #rooffans

— Wimbledon Roof (@WimbledonRoof) June 28, 2014

This was Tweeted Last year by @wimbledonroof .

Approximately 28,000 kg of strawberries along with 7,000 litres of cream are consumed every year at the Wimbledon. Strawberries and cream are regarded as a favourite among fans coming from round the Globe. Apart from this 230,000 glasses of Pimm’s , 142,000 Portions of English Strawberries, 350,000 cups of Coffee and Tea and 100,000 Pints of Draught Beer & Lager are Consumed by the Spectators at the Wimbledon. source

The Longest Match Ever Played at the Wimbledon was in 2010 between John Isner of USA and John Mahut of France for 11 Hours and 5 mins with the Scores 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68. John Isner won this Epic Match.

The Wimbledon Royal Box has 74 seats. Royal Box is being used for the entertainment of Guests and other Dignitories of Wimbledon since 1922.

Invitations for the Royal Box include People from the world of tennis,British Families and overseas Royal Families, as well as heads of government, prominent media organisations, also commercial partners, British armed forces. At the end of the day The Guests of the Royal Box are invited to the Clubhouse for lunch, tea and drinks. Protocol – Ladies are asked not to wear hats. Dress should be smart, suits/jacket and tie, etc.

Pete Sampras and Roger Federer holds the Record for Most Open Era Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Titles of 7.

Martina Navratilova holds the Record for Most Open Era Wimbledon Ladies Singles Titles of 9. Overall Martina Navratilova won 20 Wimbledon Titles , 9 Singles + 7 Doubles + 4 Mixed Doubles.

Prize Money for Wimbledon 2015:

(Conversions are done by Google Converter and are as of 27/06/2015)

So the one who looses in the Round 64 goes Home with a whooping 46 Lakhs in Singles.

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Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.

The French Open, often referred to as Roland Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia.

Since the Australian Open shifted to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass.

A hardcourt is a surface or floor on which a sport is played, most usually in reference to tennis courts.

The tournament traditionally took place over two weeks in late June and early July, starting on the third Monday in June and culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Finals, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday at the end of the second week.

However recent changes to the tennis calendar have seen the event move a week later to start on the first Monday in July.

Five major events are held each year, with additional junior and invitational competitions also taking place.

Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage.

The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.

In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.

A retractable roof is a roof system designed to roll back the roof on tracks so that the interior of the facility is open to the outdoors.

Centre Court is also a generic English term for the main tennis court at any tennis complex.

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Milos Raonic of Canada at Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Wimbledon is one of the world’s most celebrated tennis events. Taking place at the All England Club in London, it runs for two weeks and attracts over 500,000 spectators. The annual tournament is currently in mid-swing and will finish up with a final match on July 12, 2015. Get an up-close look at Wimbledon with these awesome facts.

1. The Grass Is Always Greener

A groundsman cuts the grass on the court as final preparations are made for the start of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Wimbledon is one of four tennis Grand Slam events held each year. These tournaments are considered the most important competitions of the tennis season. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event to be played on grass courts. The grass is tended to year-round. And during the event, it’s cut to a height of exactly 8 mm.

2. It Goes Way Back

(Photo clockwise from top left: Lilian Watson, runner-up in Wimbledon final 1884, Herbert Fortescue Lawford, Wimbledon singles champion 1887, Maud Watson, first female tennis champion 1884, and Ernest Renshaw, Wimbledon singles champion, 1888)

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.

3. Strict Dress Code

Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Wimbledon rules state that all players must be dressed almost entirely in white. Umpires can ask a player to change if they don’t meet the dress code. For instance, in 2013, Wimbledon champ Roger Federer was told to switch his shoes for his next match because they had orange soles.

4. It’s All About the Ball

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. Interestingly, Wimbledon once used white tennis balls. But they were replaced with yellow balls in 1986 to make them more visible to TV cameras.

5. On the Job

About 250 ball boys and girls - known as BBGs - have the tough job of keeping track of all those fast-moving tennis balls. Months before the tournament, BBGs go through intense training sessions to prepare for Wimbledon.

6. We Are the Champions

The record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies’ Singles belongs to retired Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. In Men’s Singles, the record for most titles is shared by William Renshaw, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer, who each won the event seven times.

7. Bring on the Trophy

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova holds the trophy of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo,CTK/Roman Vondrous )

In 2014, the Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Champions each took home a prize of about $3 million. Aside from cash winnings, champs are also presented with a trophy. The Ladies’ winner is awarded a round platter called a salver that was made in 1864. And the Men’s champion receives a golden cup that dates back to 1887. Neither winner keeps the trophy. They remain on display at the All England Club’s museum. But winners do go home with a small replica of the trophy.

8. Are You Tired Yet?

John Isner of the United States at Wimbledon, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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.

9. Look Out!

Venus Williams of U.S. at Wimbledon, London, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

The record for fastest men’s serve at Wimbledon belongs to US player Taylor Dent, whose ball clocked in at 238 kph. And American Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest women’s serve after smashing a tennis ball about 205 kph.

10. An Earsplitting Sound

Maria Sharapova of Russia at Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Some tennis players let out a loud grunt on the court while hitting the ball. The loudest known grunt during Wimbledon came from Russia’s Maria Sharapova in 2009. It reached about 105 decibels - the equivalent of standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!

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The tennis tournament is the oldest in the world

The tennis tournament is the oldest in the world

The tennis tournament is the oldest in the world

Sunday marks the final day of Wimbledon 2017 in London.Top prize in the men and women's singles division is £2.2 million each, or $2,880,240.00.

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Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The others are the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.

Wimbledon takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event that is still played on grass.

William Renshaw, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer hold records for men with the most singles wins, at seven each.

Martina Navratilova holds the record with most female singles wins, with nine. She's also the oldest person to win the tournament in 2003, at 46.

The youngest winner was Martina Hingis, who led the Ladies' Doubles Championship in 1996 at 15 years.

Wimbledon was suspended from 1915 to 1918 during World War I, and from 1940 to 1945 during World War II.

In October 1940, a bomb hit Centre Court during World War II, which resulted in the loss of 1,200 seats in the stadium.

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11 Interesting And Fun Facts About Tennis For Kids

11 Interesting And Fun Facts About Tennis For Kids

February 21, 2017

Is your kid an ardent tennis fan? Are you thinking of enrolling him in a tennis club? If you find yourself nodding along in agreement, you should consider reading this post on fun facts about tennis and other information.

Tennis is one of the most popular individual sports in the world. The players use racquets to hit the ball into the opponent’s court. People play individually against a single opponent (singles) or with two teams of two players on each side (doubles). Let’s have a look at some interesting tennis facts for kids that you can share.

Fun Tennis Facts For kids:

Though several versions of tennis are believed to have been played thousands of years ago by the Greeks, Romans and Eygptians, the modern game can be traced back to the 10th century France, when monks used to play the game in the courtyard of their monasteries. It is said that the word ‘tennis’ was coined by the monks, who used to shout ‘tenez’ while hitting the ball. Teniz, in French, means ‘take it’.

According to the History channel, there were around 1,800 indoor courts across Europe by the 13th century, and attempts by several heads of state and church to ban the game proved futile.

The game, eventually, developed as Lawn Tennis to resemble the modern sport. The Olympic sport has more than 75 million players worldwide.

2. Tennis Court:

The tennis courts were originally hourglass shaped. The rectangular courts came into being in 1875 for the Wimbledon tournament. A standard tennis court measures 27 feet wide and 78 feet long. For double matches, the width of the courts is 36 feet. The net is 3 feet 6 inches high, and it divides the court in half.

3. Tennis Court Surface:

Initially, tennis players would play on carefully groomed lawns. It was a wealthy man’s sport, played on estates or private clubs. Today, major Grand Slam tennis tournaments feature different court surfaces. The U.S. Open and the Australian Open feature courts made of synthetic surfaces. The French Open has clay courts.

4. Clothing:

Major world tennis tournaments are a means for the players to showcase their style. Their clothing is widely observed by fashionistas worldwide, and the fashion trends for a long time.

In most of the tournaments, men wear a pair of tennis shorts, a polo shirt, and a headband. Women usually wear a polo shirt and a skirt, but a shorter one than they used to wear previously.

The oldest tournament, Wimbledon, requires players to wear white dress on grass courts.

The different shots used in tennis are forehand, backhand, lob, drop shot and backhand. Most of the players hold the racket with just one hand to hit a forehand stroke, but you can use two hands for a backhand stroke. You have to hit the ball, ideally, from the middle of the racket head. It cannot be hit with your palm, wrist, or hand. You win points every time you are the last team or player to hit the ball into the opponent’s court. The player must score 4 points to win the game.

The original tennis ball was made of leather and stuffed with wool or hair. Today, tennis balls are usually of bright colors like green or neon yellow, so that they clearly visible. The balls have felt-like finish. Until 1986, Wimbledon was using white color balls but it has changed the rules after the advent of television. Around 42,000 balls are used in a single Wimbledon tournament!

Before racquets, players would use their palms to hit the ball back and forth. With the introduction of racquets, the palm method became obsolete. The first tennis racquets were wooden, yet provided no power. For hundreds of years, tennis racquet strings were made using animal guts.

8. Tournaments:

The four most important tennis events are the Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open and the Australian Open.

9. Wimbledon:

Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tournament of tennis. It has hosted some of the longest and most intense matches in the history. Tompkinsville, Staten Island first hosted the Wimbledon Championship in 1880. Spencer Gore was the first player to win the Wimbledon title. The longest Wimbledon tennis match went on for three days, that is 11 hours and five minutes, to be precise.

10. Olympics:

The Olympics introduced tennis in 1896 but removed it in 1924. It was re-added as a real event in 1988. It has been a part of the Paralympic Games since 1992.

11. Tennis Stars:

The tennis scene has emerged rapidly in the last century. The game has produced some excellent tennis stars, which include:

Top seeded Roger Federer is one of the all-time greatest players of tennis, with 17 Grand Slam singles titles in his kitty. The Swiss player continuously ranked among the top ten since 2002. Do you know that Swiss tennis authorities rewarded this great player a cow when he won his first grand slam!

Althea Gibson was the first African-American to play in the U.S. Open Championship in 1950.

Tim Henman is a former British tennis player. He won 15 ATP titles and an Olympic gold medal in the men’s double event in Atlanta in 1996.

Fred Perry was the first tennis player to achieve a career grand slam. He is also the only player to have won major tournaments in table tennis and tennis.

Steffi Graf is the only female tennis player to have won the Golden Slam. She won all four grand slams, including an Olympic gold medal for tennis. She also holds the record for being the number 1 for the longest time.

Venus and Serena Williams were the first sisters to have won Olympic gold medals in tennis.

Margaret Smith holds the record for winning the most Grand Slam single titles. She has won 24 Grand Slam titles.

Mita Klima is the youngest player to compete in the tennis tournament at the age of 13. The record stood for 106 years.

Other famous tennis players include Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jean King and Billie.

So this was little tennis information for kids. Playing tennis matches helps better coordination and spatial awareness in your children. It will also encourage good sportsmanship. So, this weekend, take out some time from your busy schedule to play tennis with your kids.

Do you know of any amazing tennis facts for kidsВ that we missed? Leave your comment below.

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