The Wimbledon Championship is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. It is held annually at the All-England Club in London, United Kingdom. Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis tournament, founded in 1877. The tournament is played on grass courts and is considered the most prestigious tennis event.
Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the French Open, the US Open, and the Australian Open. Wimbledon is played over two weeks in late June and early July. The tournament features singles and doubles match for both men and women.
Interesting Facts about Wimbledon
Seeing that the Wimbledon Championship is a major highlight in the world of tennis, there are some interesting facts that are worth knowing about this great event:
Played on Grass Courts
This is one of the things that make Wimbledon unique – all games are played on grass courts. This is in stark contrast to other Grand Slam tournaments which are mostly played on hard courts.
The All-England Club, where Wimbledon is played, is the only club in the world that has grass courts. The club also has 28 clay courts and four hard courts.
Wimbledon uses a unique ball that is made by Slazenger. The ball has been used at Wimbledon since 1902.
The ball is made of white felt and has a black line around the circumference. It weighs 56.7 grams and has a diameter of 6.86 cm.
The Rufus Effect
Rufus, the club’s hawk, is brought in to scare pigeons away from the courts. Rufus has been working at Wimbledon since 2000.