Anyone For Tennis?
This week would have seen the best tennis players in the world walk onto the grass courts of Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
The Championships and the strawberries and cream, which were due to start this week, have now been postponed to 2021 and we’re not the only ones now counting down the days till next year’s event.
Today the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club released a short video, narrated by The Duchess of Cambridge, reminding us of all the special Wimbledon moments over the years and that the wait for next years programme will be worth it. You can watch the video below or by clicking here.
Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about Wimbledon Tennis…
– Considered to be the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships have taken place at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club since 1877 and have been at the current ground, Church Road, since the 1922 tournament. The Championships were originally based off Worple Road, also located in Wimbledon.
– Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis balls to The Championships since 1902, with yellow balls being used for the first time in 1986 so they could be more visible on television. 53,000 balls are used during The Championships’ period.
– 191,930 portions of strawberries and cream were served to spectators and players at the 2019 Championships. Only Grade 1 strawberries from LEAF-registered farms in Kent are used, these are picked the day before and arrive at Wimbledon at 5.30 am prior to being inspected and hulled.
– The grass courts at the Championships are cut to playing height of 8mm and are composed of 100% rye grass.
– Rufus, a Harris Hawk, flies for one hour (9.00 am) most mornings of The Championships, to provide a deterrent to local pigeons. He is trained by Imogen Davis of Avian Control.