Your guide to Wimbledon Tennis 2018
Tennis is one of the most-loved sports in the UK and it’s no wonder why. With numerous significant tennis stars hailing from this part of the world, there is a lot of national pride connected with Wimbledon.
The intense sport of tennis is one of the most physically and mentally testing sports in the world, which is likely one of the reasons that it’s so popular.
If you are a fan of tennis, there is one tournament that you want to make sure you don’t miss out on; that’s Wimbledon, if you hadn’t already guessed.
Every summer, the Championships, Wimbledon (the official name of the tournament) takes place just outside of London, the British capital.
While we can all watch tennis from the comfort of our homes, actually seeing the tournament in person is an unrivalled experience that’s unsurpassed by many other competitions that take place worldwide.
This is your guide to Wimbledon Tennis 2018.
Wimbledon Tennis: Essential history knowledge
Before you first attend Wimbledon, you should have at least a vague knowledge of the competition’s history.
Wimbledon has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since the first tournament way back in 1877. Unsurprisingly, as the tournament is 141 years old, it’s the oldest tennis tournament in the world. With age has come a certain sense of prestige, too; Wimbledon is widely regarded as the most prestigious of all the tennis competitions.
Wimbledon is one of the 4 Grand Slam tennis tournaments; the other tournaments are the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open.
Wimbledon Tennis: The main court
There are two main show courts used during the Championships: Centre Court and No. 1 Court.
Both of the courts that are primarily used for Wimbledon are 100% perennial ryegrass, which makes the Championships, Wimbledon the only Grand Slam event that’s currently played on grass courts.
Due to the likelihood of rain affecting Wimbledon – it is London, after all! – shortly before the 2009 Championship a retractable roof was installed above the main court, otherwise known as Centre Court. The roof can be opened or closed within 20 minutes, meaning that play isn’t massively delayed when the roof is opened or closed.
The Centre Court has a significant capacity of 15,000, which includes the south end Royal Box. In this box, the Royal Family and guests can watch matches. The big capacity makes this one of the most impressive tennis facilities in the world.
The Centre Court generally plays host to the finals and semi-finals of main events, as well as the majority of matches that involve top-seeded players who are taking part in any round of a competition.
Wimbledon Tennis: The traditions
If you’re attending Wimbledon, there are certain traditions that you should really pay attention to if you want to fit in perfectly. Here are just a couple of examples of the traditions you’re certain to find out more about.
BBGs – the ball boys and ball girls
In the championship matches, ball boys and boy girls – who are usually referred to as BBGs – play a pivotal role in ensuring that the tournament runs as smoothly as it possibly can.
Potential BBGs are nominated by their school headteacher and then entered into a selection process. Afterwards, they must pass a series of tests to check whether they’re suitable or not.
BBGs go through a lot of training for their roles.
Strawberries and cream
We hope you’re fond of this delicious concoction, because it’s something you’ll come across a lot at Wimbledon.
In 2017, fans managed to consume 34,000kg or English strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream – that’s an awful lot of strawberries and cream!
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