You can’t failed to have noticed that yesterday was the start of The Wimbledon Tennis Championships. It’s that time of year when we all think about buying a racket and venturing out to find a court. It’s also the time of year when we start debating Tim Henman’s chances of winning (I would say slightly less than usual this year).
Ana Ivanovic relaxes before Wimbledon.
Here is some interesting facts about Wimbledon as well as some information about who will be playing.
- 28,000 kilos of English strawberries and 7,000 litres of dairy cream will be consumed this year. Even more if Johnny Vegas turns up again (who writes this crap?).
- Four teams of six ball boys and girls are selected to be responsible for Centre and No.1 Tennis Courts. They are selected from local schools and have to undergo hours of training.
- The Wimbledon Mens singles championships have been won by the United States 33 times , the British Isles 32 times, Australia 21 times and France 7 times.
- The dress code for Wimbledon requires players to wear “almost entirely white” clothing during matches.
- The first Wimbledon Championships took place in 1877 as an amateur competition. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore. Several hundred spectators turned up.
- Ana Ivanovic is the top seeded female player this year. Five-time champion Roger Federer is seeded number 1 for the men.
Some useful Wimbledon related links:
You can watch tennis matches online on the official Wimbledon Video Site.
See who is playing who here.
Find out more about the Championships on this Wikipedia page.
The history of tennis can be found here.
Up to the minute news on the tournament can be found on the BBCs Wimbledon site.
List of Wimbledon Men’s singles champions:
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