Top 10 Wimbledon Facts

World Cup fever may have to take second stage this week as another epic Wimbledon Tennis Championship bounces into town.

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

There are tennis tournaments, and then there is ‘the’ tennis tournament – Wimbledon – the oldest and most prestigious tennis event in the world. Running from 23rd June through to 6th July 2014, Wimbledon will be held at the All England Club in London, as it has since 1877. Britain’s Andy Murray is the reigning men’s singles champion, ending a 77-year wait for a home-grown Wimbledon champion.

Here’s our top 10 Wimbledon facts for 2014 which you can use to impress your mates by casually slipping into your tennis-themed banter. By the time you finish reading this list you’ll be a true Wimbledon boffin…

1) Wimbledon is the only ‘Major’ still played on grass. Grass was in fact the game’s original playing surface, hence the sport’s original name – “Lawn Tennis”.

2) Wimbledon is officially the largest annual sporting catering operation in Europe, with over 18,000 staff, serving more than 300,000 cups of tea and coffee, and over 100,000 pints of beer and lager.

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3) The BBC is Wimbledon’s official broadcaster, screening the championships to a global audience of over 375 million in nearly 200 countries.

4) Spain’s Rafael Nadal is currently the top-ranked men’s player, followed by Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer, with British number 1 Andy Murray in 5th position. Of the top 5 ranked players, Nadal also tops the ‘highest-follower’ stakes on Twitter with 6.3 million followers, followed by world number 2 Djokovic on 3.08 million, then reigning Wimbledon champ Murray on 2.54 million.Fred Perry M3600 Slim Polo T-Shirt

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5) The rules on what players wear at Wimbledon are tightly governed, with the general rule (introduced in 1963) that dress should be predominantly white. This was changed in 1995 to ‘almost entirely in white’. Fluorescent colours are banned. The referee’s decides on the day of the game whether sir or miss is dress appropriately for the match.

6) The Centre Court, with a 15,000-seater capacity, has a statistical story to tell too, with 8 litres of fresh air pumped into the arena every second to ‘manage the environment’.

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7) The fastest ever serve at Wimbledon of 148mph was made by American Taylor Dent in 2010. Fellow American Venus Williams holds the ladies record of 129mph made in 2008.

8) There are a total of 660 men’s and ladies matches during the Wimbledon fortnight, and in 2013 a total of 757 players.

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9) When Andy Murray won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 2013, he became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936.

10) The prize money pot stands at £22.6 million with each of the singles champions adding £1.6 million to their coffers – we’ll definitely have some of that! Some of that prize money will have been built from sales of merchandise in the Wimbledon Shop, where towels were the crowd favourite in 2013, 28,600 of them. Other popular products included: 16,000 mini tennis ball key rings, 16,000 wristbands and 10,000 umbrellas. Now, why would people need umbrellas in the middle of summer?

Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com
http://www.andymurray.com
http://www.atpworldtour.com

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