Wimbledon 2017: With the annual Wimbledon Tennis Tournament right around the corner, it is a good time to look back at some of the interesting highlights of this storied competition.
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Read ahead to check out some of the basics about Wimbledon, including some of the most interesting stats in the history of the tournament.
Wimbledon history at a glance
Arguably the most famous tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is a cultural and sporting institution. Officially called “The Championships, Wimbledon,” this prestigious series of matches has been going strong since its debut in 1877. It has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon (an area in Southwest London). The Championships take place over a period of two weeks each year in late June – early July.
The most Aces
The honours go to:
Men: 212 – Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 2001
Ladies: 80 – Serena Williams (USA) 2015
Wimbledon Food Stats that will shock you!
When it comes to feeding the hungry masses that descend on Wimbledon, the catering staff has their work cut out for them. This is the largest annual catered sporting event in Europe, and it employs over 2200 members of staff! Here are just a few of the shockingly large quantities supplied by on site caterers at Wimbledon each year.
- 330,000 cups of tea and coffee
- 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s (an alcoholic fruit punch)
- 29,000 bottles of champagne
- 234,000 plates of lunch and dinner meals
- 76,000 sandwiches
- 230,000 plastic bottles of water
- 110,000 pints of draught beer
- 86,000 ice creams
- 44,000 litres of milk
- 30,000 personal sized pizzas
- 16,000 portions of fish and chips
That’s a lot of food and drink!
Winner of most Gentlemen’s Singles titles
It’s a three way tie!
William Renshaw 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889
Pete Sampras 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Roger Federer 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Winner of most Ladies’ Singles titles
Martina Navratilova 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990
Fun stats about the competition:
- In order to keep the air a reasonable temperature, 8 litres per second of fresh air per person are pumped into the bowl
- It takes a maximum of 10 minutes to open and close the roof
- It takes 30 minutes to stabilise the internal environment after the roof is closed before the play can start or continue
- Each of the ten roof trusses weighs 70 tonnes (without extra parts)
- Each of the moving roof trusses span 77 metres (to compare, the width of a football pitch is 68m)
- The roof’s fabric is made of 100% recyclable materials
- The trusses can move up to 214 MM per second
- The moving and stationary parts of the roof weigh 3,000 tonnes
- The area of the retractable roof when fully deployed is 5,200 square metres – that works out to 7500 Wimbledon umbrellas!
- The maximum spectator capacity is 15,000
- 290 million tennis balls would be able to fit into Centre Court when the roof is closed – that’s a lot of matches!
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