Monday, 3 July 2017

Fun Facts About Wimbledon Championship

Wimbledon is the World's oldest tennis championship. The first championship took place in 1877 and since then year tennis lovers eagerly wait for the championship to be held every year.On the occasion of its 140th anniversary, Google is celebrating Wimbledon Championship with a special doodle.

1. Wimbledon (link is external) is the world’s oldest tennis tournament, established at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club (now often referred to as AELTC) in 1877.
2. Its name comes from its location - Wimbledon, a district of southwest London. Originally it was based off Worple Road, but it moved to its current location Church Road (link is external) in 1922.
3. The most recent British players to win the singles events were Andy Murray 2013 (Men’s Singles) and Virginia Wade in 1977 (Women's Singles).
4. The first televised airing of The Championships, Wimbledon was by the BBC on 21 June 1937.
5. The courts are sown with 100% perennial ryegrass and Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event in the world played on grass.
6. Sponsored advertising is not allowed at Wimbledon.
7. Centre Court is now fitted with a retractable roof to help avoid rain delays that have been an infamous feature of the tournament throughout its history.
8. Centre Court is only used for the Wimbledon Championships but it saw extra play in 2012 when the All England Club hosted the tennis events in the London 2012 Olympics (link is external).
9. The tradition of players bowing or curtseying in front of The Royal Box (link is external) ended in 2003; however, an exception is made if Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or the Prince of Wales is present.
10. BBGs (or Ball Boys and Girls) are drawn from schools in local London boroughs. Candidates are nominated by their headteachers and must pass a written test and a fitness test among others. The average age of a BBG is 15. Ball Girls did not appear on Centre Court until 1985.
11. Champions receive a 3/4-size replica of their trophy.
12. Tickets (link is external) are secured mostly through ballot; however, you may queue for tickets on match days as well.
13. For the first time in 2013 American fans were able to watch every single match live on ESPN, ending 25 years of hit and miss coverage on NBC. The Championship Trophies left the grounds of Wimbledon for the first time in history when they crossed the pond (link is external) to mark the launch of ESPN’s coverage.
14. Can’t make this year’s Wimbledon? Tours of the grounds and museum (link is external) are available throughout the year.


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