Have you ever heard of the Wimbledon tournament? I’m sure you have! But… do you want to know some curiosities about it? If the answer is yes, you can’t miss this article.
What is the Wimbledon tournament?
The Wimbledon tournament is known worldwide as one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world of tennis. It is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments and is held year after year at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London Borough of Wimbledon.
The best tennis players from all over the world attend this tournament and it is an integral part of British culture.
Why is it called Wimbledon?
Many people wonder why this famous tournament is called Wimbledon. The answer lies in something as simple as its geographical location: the Wimbledon area, southwest of London.
8 interesting facts about the Wimbledon tournament
Some interesting facts about the Wimbledon tournament:
#1 Grass as the main surface
Something very characteristic of the Wimbledon tournament is that, unlike the other three Grand Slam tournaments, it is the only one played on grass. This surface gives the tournament a special character and affects the players’ style of play.
#2 White attire
At the Wimbledon tournament, players are required to wear white sportswear. This tradition is due to the fact that, in the early years of the tournament, it was considered appropriate for players to wear white in a sport that was played outdoors.
#3 Strawberries and cream
Strawberries and cream are very popular at Wimbledon and during the tournament, tons of strawberries and cream are sold to spectators – and they are a big hit! Around 28,000 kilograms are consumed during the two weeks of the tournament.
#4 The “cuckoo” rule
If a match reaches its final set with a 6-6 tie, a final tie-break known as a “tie-break” is played. However, this rule does not apply in the final set of men’s matches and players continue to compete until there is a difference of two games.
#5 The trophy
The winner of the men’s individual trophy wins the silver-gilt cup known as “The Challenge Cup”, created in 1887, and the winner of the women’s tournament receives a small replica. The winner of the women’s tournament receives a reduced-size replica. What do you think of this differentiation?
#6 Centre Court
The main court at Wimbledon has a retractable roof known as “Centre Court”. This roof allows the tournament to take place even if the weather conditions are not the most appropriate, enhancing the experience for players and spectators.
- You may be interested in: “What are the Grand Slams in the world of tennis”.
#7 The Björn Borg record
Swedish tennis great Björn Borg, thanks to his dominance on grass, won the Wimbledon tournament five times in a row between 1976 and 1080, becoming one of the great tennis icons.
#8 Longest match
The longest match in the history of the Wimbledon tournament was in 2010 between John Iser and Nicolas Mahut.
The match lasted a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes. In the end, Isner won the match with a very close score of 70-68 in the fifth set.
How many of these curiosities did you know? Tell us as many as you know!
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