It’s that time of year again when we can all sit back with a glass of Pimms and enjoy the quintessentially English Wimbledon Championships. This year is the 130 years of the Wimbledon Championships which are due to end on the 10th July 2016.
So we thought it would be an interesting exercise to check out some facts concerning this prestigious annual tournament. Believe it or not Wimbledon started from a tournament aimed at raising money for a new roller. There are 19 grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis grounds – although so far this year most of them have been inundated with water.
Each year around 54,250 balls are used during the Championships – and white balls were used until 1986 when they decided to swap them with green. The white kit we see players wearing was only introduced in 1995, if you were around in the 80’s you will probably still remember John McEnroe and his red sweat band.
The fastest serve was at 148 miles per hour and was served by Taylor Dent, USA in 2010. A staggering 660 matches are played over the two-week tournament, and 40 miles of racket string are used.
Wimbledon is also associated with strawberries, here are the stats from their catering company FMCCatering:
- 300,000 cups of tea and coffee
- 250,000 bottles of water
- 190,000 sandwiches
- 150,000 bath buns, scones, pasties and doughnuts
- 150,000 glasses of Pimm's
- 135,000 ice creams
- 130,000 lunches are served
- 100,000 pints of draught beer and lager
- 60,000 Dutchees (a spicy sausage served in a baguette)
- 30,000 meals for FMC's own staff.
- 30,000 portions of fish and chips
- 30,000 litres of milk
- 28,000 kilos of English strawberries
- 23,000 bananas
- 22,000 slices of pizza
- 17,000 bottles of champagne
- 7,000 litres of dairy cream
In 2013 we secured a British win when Andy Murray won an exciting tournament against Novak Djokovic, the first male-British since 1936. Unfortunately the last British female win was in 1977 when Virginia Wade won the tournament.
The total prize money for this annual event according to Total Sportek is £28.1 million in total prize money, an increase of 5% which equates to £1.35m. Each single Champion will receive £2m in prize money.
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