The World Cup may be dominating the sports calendar for June and July, but let’s not forget the tennis.
After a fantastic victory for Britain’s Andy Murray last year, we’re all wondering if he can defend his Wimbledon title.
He may have lost to Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the French Open, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for some good matches at Wimbledon.
So if you need some respite from all the football that’s going on, prepare the Pimm’s and check out our Wimbledon facts:
- Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament that is played on grass courts.
- The youngest player to take part in the tournament was Mita Klima from Austria, who was just 13 when she played in 1907.
- Wooden racquets have not been used at Wimbledon since 1987.
- Until 1986, players at Wimbledon used white tennis balls; these were replaced with yellow balls so it was easier for the umpires to see them.
- The dress code for players is very strict – they must wear white, decent clothing. Last year Roger Federer’s orange-soled trainers were disallowed because of the ‘almost entirely in white’ dress code.
- The Queen’s father King George VI competed in the men’s doubles tournament with Sir Louis Greg in 1926. They lost to fellow Britons Arthur Gore and Herbert Roper Barrett in the first round.
- Tim Henman was the first player to be disqualified from the tournament in 1995 after losing his temper and accidentally hitting a ball girl in the face with a tennis ball.
- The record for the fastest serves at Wimbledon are Taylor Dent (148mph in 2010) and Venus Williams (129mph in 2008).
- During World War II a bomb struck Centre Court and destroyed 1,200 seats, although the tournament resumed in 1946.
- Wimbledon has its own hawk – Rufus – who is employed to scare off the pigeons.
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