Important Information about Wimbledon
Official Name: The Championships, Wimbledon
Founded in: 1877
Location: The county of Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Total Price Money: GBP 22, 600, 000 (US$ 34, 500, 000 and Euro 26, 500, 000) as per prize money distributed in 2013 edition.
Men’s Section of Wimbledon
Draw: 128 Singles matches (128 Qualifiers) | 64 Doubles matches (16 Qualifiers)
Current Champions: Novak Djokovic (Singles) | Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock (Doubles)
Most Numbers of Singles Titles Won By: 7 each by William Renshaw, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer
Most Numbers of Doubles Titles Won By: Todd Woodbridge – 9 times
Women’s Section of Wimbledon
Draw: 128 Singles matches (96 Qualifiers) | 64 Doubles matches (16 Qualifiers)
Current Champions: Petra Kvitova (Singles) | Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (Doubles)
Most Numbers of Singles Titles Won By: Martina Navratilova (9)
Most Numbers of Doubles Titles Won By: Elizabeth Ryan (12)
Mixed Doubles Section of Wimbledon
Draw: 48 Matches
Current Champions: Nenad Zimonjic and Samantha Stosur
Most Numbers of Mixed Doubles Titles Won (Male): 4 each by Ken Fletcher, Vic Seixas, Owen Davidson
Most Numbers of Mixed Doubles Titles Won (Female): Elizabeth Ryan (7)
Official Website: wimbledon.com
Brief Introduction to Wimbledon
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament of the world and perhaps that is why it is officially being called as ‘The Championships! The other popular names are Wimbledon and The Wimbledon Championships. It is not only the oldest tennis tournament, but it is also the most prestigious among all the four Grand Slams. Winning Wimbledon is totally different for any tennis player than winning the other three grand slams, it is like a dream come true.
The main reason for this could be the surface. It is the only major tournament, which is played on grass which is really demanding for any tennis player to perform. Previously Australian Open too used to be played on grass courts, but then in 1988 it was shifted to hard court and that has made Wimbledon even more important.
Since 2009 the famous and most respected ‘Center Court’ has been fitted with a roof which is retractable so that the loss of play can be lessened, caused by the rains.
Wimbledon Championships traditionally takes place over two weeks in late June and early July. The ‘Ladies’ and the ‘Gentleman’s’ Singles Final are schedule for the second Saturday and Sunday of the tournament.
To participate in Wimbledon, players must wear cloths predominantly white.