Monday, 5 July 2010

Game, set and match.

The Wimbledon tennis championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, it has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877.
The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July.

In 1875, lawn tennis, a game devised by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier and originally called 'Sphairistike', was added to the activities of the All England Club.
In the spring of 1877, the club was re-titled 'The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club' and signalled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship.
The only event held in 1877 was the Gentleman's Singles, which was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player. About 200 people paid one shilling each to watch the final.
The club then moved in 1922 to it's present site in Church Road.
In 1884, the All England Club added ladies' singles and gentleman's doubles. Ladies' doubles and mixed doubles were added in 1913. Until 1922, the reigning champion had to play only in the final, against whoever had won through to challenge him.
The Championship was first televised in 1937.

Rafael Nadal is the Gentleman's champion, after defeating Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets. This is Nadal's second Wimbledon Gentleman's Singles title and the eighth slam of Nadal's career. This is the second time in Nadal's career that he has completed the French Open – Wimbledon double, which he did this back in 2008.

6 Facts about Wimbledon!

1. A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987

2. During World War II, a bomb ripped through Centre Court at the All England Club and 1,200 seats were lost. Fortunately, they weren't filled at the time. Play finally resumed in 1946 but it wasn't until 1949 that the area was back in top shape.

3. Charlotte (Lottie) Dod became the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon singles event when, in 1887, she won at the age of 15 years.

4. In 1930, Brame Hillyard became the first man to play wearing shorts. That was on court 10 - and Bunny Austin was the first to do so on Centre Court three years later.

5. The first-ever player to be disqualified from the men's doubles was Tim Henman in 1995, for hitting a ball in anger which struck a ball girl.

6. Only eight left-handed players, six men and two women, have ever won a Wimbledon singles title - the most recent being Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

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