Wimbledon takes place at the end of June and into the first week of July every year. Here are 3 reasons Wimbledon is the best tournament and so unique. It takes place in the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Southwest London, UK. The Championships are played on grass courts, a fast slippy surface that causes a completely different challenge to tennis players than the clay courts and hard courts which predominate the ATP and WTA tours. At the heart of Wimbledon is Centre Court, 100 years old in 2022. This 15000-seat masterpiece has hosted some epic matches over the years. Within Centre Court, you can find the Royal Box, where Royalty sits during the tournament, and you can also do a spot of celeb spotting. Court 1 is adjacent to Centre Court and is an impressive arena for tennis Centre Court has a roof should the British weather turn nasty. There are 18 match courts at Wimbledon and further practice courts at Aorangi where the players tune up their grass game ahead of their matches.
1. Henman Hill
Former British World Number 4 and Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman was a popular figure for British tennis fans towards the end of the 90s and early 2000s. Britain doesn’t have a great record for having homegrown champions and the pressure was on Tim Henman as the only realistic chance of a home victory. His matches were almost exclusively on Centre Court and despite its huge capacity the demand always exceeded supply. Those who were not lucky enough to get a prize ticket for Centre Court congregated on a hill outside Court 1 which had a huge screen. This hill became known as Henman Hill, and it became synonymous with Henman’s runs to the semi-finals on 4 occasions. Over the years the name has stuck, and it remains fantastic to watch Centre Court action without paying for a ticket.