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Wimbledon is considered the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It is being held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. It is one of the four major grand slams held yearly, the others being the Australian open, the French Open and the US open. The tournament is also known for having no sponsors and has gained worldwide acknowledgment for the Royal Patronage.
Wimbledon takes place over the two weeks in late June and early July. The 2016 Wimbledon Championship began on 27 June 2016.
Let's have a look at some of the facts about Wimbledon.
Out of all the tennis tournaments played in a year, Wimbledon is the only tournament which is played on grass courts. The grass on the courts is kept under strict supervision throughout the year and is cut to an exact height of 8 mm.
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The dress code is one rule which is followed very strictly. There have been instances where players have been asked to change the dress due to the all-white rule. The dress must be all white. It's tradition. The All-England club issues a decree which mentions the rule clearly like-
a) White does not include off-white or cream.
b) There can only be a single trim of color which can be no wider than one centimeter.
c) Any colored undergarments that are visible or can be visible during the play (due to perspiration) are not allowed.
More than 50,000 balls are used each year during the Wimbledon. Slazenger has been providing balls for Wimbledon since 1902 and this year it is sending 52,200 balls out of which around 20,000 balls are used in qualifying rounds and practice.
Those balls which are not in use are kept in a refrigerator so that the balls maintain their exact shape and size. Just for once the balls white color balls were used but they were replaced with yellow balls in 1986 so that the balls could be visible on television.
Souvenirs generate huge income each year for the Wimbledon shop. Last year 19,500 Men's championship towels, 9,500 Women's championship towels, 11,830 mini tennis ball keyrings, 8,352 packs of sweat bands, and 7,553 racket-shaped key rings were sold which as usual generated huge income.
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Strawberries and cream are the signature snack served during the tournament from its very beginning. Over a period of the tournament almost 27 tons of fresh strawberries will be served with1,540 gallons of fresh cream.
Each strawberry is picked a day before being served, and the strawberries then arrive at Wimbledon at 5:30 each day for a final inspection by hands. A punnet this year at Wimbledon will cost you £2.50, and it averages ten berries.
Apart from strawberries and cream Wimbledon offers Lason Champagne and only Lason has been serving champagne at Wimbledon since 1901 because of the royal appointment.
Players make a loud grunt while hitting the ball in order to add more power to it. The loudest grunt during Wimbledon comes from Maria Sharapova and the grunt had touched a mark of 105 decibels which is almost equivalent to the sound caused by a riding motorcycle.
Wimbledon is the world's oldest tennis tournament, it started in 1877 and it is also the highest paid tennis tournament. This year the total price money sums up to £28 million.
Martina Hingis became the youngest player to win a title at the age of 15 years 282 days. The fastest women serve was by Venus Williams in 2008 which was at 129 miles an hour and the fastest men's serve was by Taylor Dent in 2010 whose serve reached an astonishing 148 miles an hour.