Wimbledon Tournament History
Beginning in 1877, Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious and long-lasting tennis tournaments in the world. Spencer Gore, who also was known for being a solid cricket player, won the first Wimbledon. By 1884, women were included into the tournament, and by the 1910's, the tournament had expanded to include doubles play as well.
Throughout the years, several gentlemen have dominated Wimbledon and collected many of the titles. In the late 1970's, Bjorn Borg of Sweden won 5 straight Wimbledon tournaments. In the 1990's, Pete Sampras was the man, earning a record 7 Wimbledon titles, a feat that has now been matched by Swiss legend Roger Federer.
On the ladies' side of the tournament, American Martina Navratilova earned a record 9 Wimbledon titles, mostly in the 1980's. Recent history has been dominated by Serena and Venus Williams, who share 10 of the last 13 titles.
Wimbledon is held in historic London, England, one of the greatest cities in the world during June and July.
Wimbledon is held at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, highlighted by the famous Centre Court that seats 15,000 spectators. The tournament is played on a grass surface and is the only Grand Slam to do so.
• A famous Wimbledon snack is strawberries and cream. Strawberries historically were only available for a short time during the English summers, and this time coincided with the tennis tournament. Thus, the spectators enjoy strawberries and cream to this day as a tradition.
• The players traditionally all wear white uniforms to keep the tournament cohesive and pleasant on the eyes, avoiding the more colorful outfits seen at other tennis tournaments.
• Young boys and girls serve as Wimbledon ball boys, with the prestigious roles being given through a careful application process.
• The British Royal Family is often present during matches and has a Royal Box allocated for them at Centre Court.
Recent Historic Moments of the Wimbledon:
• Andy Murray nearly became the first British player to win the Men's Single tournament last year since Fred Perry in 1936, but he fell to Roger Federer in the final.
• The Williams' sisters' dominance at Wimbledon continued in 2012 as Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in the final.
• A 2010 first round Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut lasted over 11 hours and became the longest ever tennis match. Played over three days, the match included 183 games and was eventually won by Isner.
Total Prize Money:
2013: Yet to be determined
2012 Men's Single: Roger Federer
2012 Women's Single: Serena Williams
2012 Men's Double: Jonathan Marray, Frederik Nielsen
2012 Women's Double: Serena Williams, Venus Williams
2012 Mixed Double: Mike Bryan, Lisa Raymond