Wimbledon is arguably one of the most coveted Grand Slams a player can win in the game of tennis.
The All England Club is home to some of the best tennis matches of all time.
From a 17-year-old winning Wimbledon to Roger Federer winning six Grand Slams on the grass, the memories here are something special.
Heck, one of the longest matches ever played has been a part of the All England Club.
In these days of wimbledon tennis history women werent't permitted to play tennis until 1884(and mens doubles are added in the same year 1884) and the only event was the Mens Singles. Spencer Gore was the first winner out of a pool od 22 participants, he will be famous for ever because he is the very first Wimbledon Tennis Champion. The final match was played in front of 200 spectators paid one shilling each to watch the final match first Singles Mens Championships in Wimbledon history.
Women's Singles tennis events were started in 1884. Initially, 13 players entered the tournament. The first win of the tournament was registered by Maud Watson. In the same year, the Gentlemen's Doubles event was also started. Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club sponsored the trophy for the tournament. With the passing time, Wimbledon championship gained immense popularity. The facility for the spectators was improvised. The temporary accommodation for the players was replaced by permanent stands. More and more people started flocking the grounds by the mid 1880s.
Wimbledon is known in part for their rules regarding uniforms. All players, male and female, are required to wear mostly white and any variations of that must be minimal at best.
Wimbledon had graduated from all-England to all-world status, and in 1922 the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as it was then known, moved to a large stadium on Church Road. In the 1950s, many tennis stars turned professional while Wimbledon struggled to remain an amateur tournament. However, in 1968 Wimbledon welcomed the pros and quickly regained its status as the world's top tennis tournament.
The royals have a long history with The Championships going back to 1907, and it continues to flourish with the addition of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge to the British royal family...Where the royals go, tradition follows. Tradition is something Wimbledon is known for embracing but when it comes to the royals, things have evolved.
A record 494,761 fans attended Wimbledon in 2011, making it the most highly attended annual sporting event in the UK for paying spectators, although with 13 days of competition it is also one of the longest. Spectator numbers were up by 1% on 2010 levels, driven in part by the opening of the new 2,000 seat Court Three.
WIMBLEDON, England -- When The Match That Would Not End finally did, at 70-68 in the fifth set, after a record 11 hours, 5 minutes spread over three days, the customary handshake between opponents simply would not suffice...Essentially, the match lasted as long as it did for two reasons: Neither man could break the other's serve, and Wimbledon does not employ a tiebreak in the fifth set.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) has covered Wimbledon live since 1937. BBC splits coverage over two channels -- BBC One and BBC Two -- and holds the primary broadcasts rights to Wimbledon through 2014. It distributes a commercial-free feed of Wimbledon matches throughout the world. In the United States, NBC has broadcast Wimbledon for several decades. This will change in 2012, with ESPN and ESPN2 holding exclusive broadcast rights to the tournament for the first time and will broadcast 140 hours of live matches.
The trophy for the men's singles at Wimbledon is one of the most recognizable in sport and dates back to 1887. The magnificent gold cup stands 18 1/2 inches high and has a diameter of 7 1/2 inches, but the eagle-eyed might notice the pineapple design which adorns the top of the lid. A spokesperson for the Wimbledon museum told CNN that information remains scarce about the origins of the actual cup. She offered the explanation that it could date back to the tradition where captains in the British navy coming back from sea put a pineapple on the gateposts of their home.
A team of 45 ground staff lovingly tend the 19 courts which are all made of 100 per cent rye grass which is chosen for its ability to stand wear and tear. According to the official Wimbledon website, no less than one ton of grass seed is used every year. During the championship all courts are mown, rolled and re-lined each day with 3,000 gallons of water used as part of the preparation process. The grass is cut to 8mm for matches to ensure regular bounce for the elite of world tennis.
What Makes Wimbledon Great - by Rolex
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