Getting served at The Wimbledon Championships
Founded in 1877, The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered at the most prestigious of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
In 1876 lawn tennis, a game devised a year or so earlier that was originally given then name Sphairistikè, was added to the list of activities held at the ‘All England Croquet Club, Wimbledon.’ In the spring of the following year the club changed its name to the ‘All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Cub.’ To mark the name change the club held the first lawn tennis championships. The inaugural Wimbledon Championships opened on 9th July, 1877.
Of all the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon is the only tournament that has a Royal Patronage. Wimbledon is also known for its more unusual traditions such as the strict dress code for competitors as well the serving of strawberries and cream to the spectators, all of which are still adhered to today. Wimbledon is also unique for the fact that the courts have a distinct lack of sponsorship.
Over the years Wimbledon has seen many a great player being born court side. It has also seen some of the more unique styles of conduct, most notably being that of John McEnroe. In 1981 it gave rise to his classic phrase “you cannot be serious.” In 2010 Wimbledon saw the longest match in the world, it took elven hours and five minutes to finish.
Taking place in late June and early July, Wimbledon is the only grass court of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
With the scent of freshly cut grass in the air, the sound of champagne bottle popping and the taste of strawberries with cream, Wimbledon is a very English affair.
Photo Credits: Al Bello & Dan Kitwood