The quick facts that even the most unsporty reticent sport observer should know.
Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious of the Grand Slam annual international tennis championships that form the four most important events in the tennis calendar.
Wimbledon takes place for two weeks from the last Monday in June at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in suburb of Wimbledon – thus the name. The first championship was played in 1877 and was won by Spencer Gore.
It is the only one of the Grand Slam championships to be played on grass courts – perennial rye grass to be precise.
The prize money is no less than £2 million each for the male and female singles champions although this has only been since 2007, before which women were paid less than their male counterparts.
As with most things British, tradition is important and Wimbledon has various traditions which are treasured and obliged by the attendees.
This last year in tennis has been an exciting one. Serena Williams was on a path to matching Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam wins, when she was stunned by the German roadblock, Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open earlier in the year. She set her sights on the French Open, but was again blindsided, this time by the 22 year old Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza. When Wimbledon came, the world was waiting to see if she would crack under the pressure, and better yet, if she’d face her own sister, Venus, in the final. Neither of which came to fruition, as she went up again Kerber again, but this time with a resounding success to finally match Graf’s record.
In men’s tennis, things have been just as tense. With Novak Djokovic hot on Andy Murray’s tail, snatching both the Australian Open and French Open titles from him, UK supporters were anxiously watching Murray’s performance on his home court. Luckily for him, Djokovic got knocked out in the third round, and Murray went on to win his second Wimbledon title, the first being in 2013 against his old nemesis Djokovic.
Both Williams and Murray are currently in Rio waiting to defend their Olympic titles.
The rules broken down:
A coin is tossed to decide which player serves first and which side they want to serve from.
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Posted by Keith Prowse Travel on September 01, 2016
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