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Winning Wimbledon tennis tournament

Arguably the biggest grand-slam tennis tournament, Wimbledon attracts hoards of fans to the All England Tennis and Croquet Club each year. Whether watching court-side or not, thrills, drama and stunning tennis play are guaranteed. We take a look at the tournament's past, present and future.

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A Guide to the Tournament’s Champions, Traditions, and Future

Every year, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club opens its gates to the public to host the Wimbledon tennis tournament. It combines the best modern-day advanced sports technology with the charm of an English country garden. We examine some of the records and traditions that make the tournament one-of-a-kind.


The Winningest Countries
In the more than 125-year history of the tournament, players from the United States have held the most gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles championship titles. However, event record-keepers originally distinguished between the British Isles and Great Britain.

Gentlemen’s Singles Championships

Country                  Wins
United States           33
British Isles              32
Australia                  21
France                      7
Sweden                     7
Switzerland               6
Germany                   4
New Zealand              4
Great Britain             3
Spain                        3
Czech Republic          1
Egypt                        1
Netherlands               1
Serbia                       1
Croatia                      1

Ladies’ Singles Championships

Country                  Wins
United States           54
British Isles              29
Germany                   8
Great Britain             7
France                      7
Australia                   5
Brazil                        3
Czech Republic          2
Spain                        1
Switzerland               1
Russia                      1

Spanning the Ages

With the oldest competitor on record in his 60s (and the youngest just barely 14), players of all ages have competed.

Youngest and Oldest Gentlemen’s Singles Champions

B.F. Becker — 17 years, 227 days (1985)
A.W. Gore — 41 years, 182 days (1909)

Youngest and Oldest Ladies’ Singles Champions

Miss C. Dod — 15 years, 285 days (1887)
Mrs. A. Sterry — 37 years, 282 days (1908)

Anatomy of a Winning Serve

Though a fast serve doesn’t guarantee an ace during play, it certainly helps. The top speeds of serves at Wimbledon are among the fastest in the world.

All-Time Fastest Serves at Wimbledon

Men: 148 mph — Taylor Dent (2010)
Women: 129 mph — Venus Williams (2008)


The Famed Grass

Wimbledon is the only event of the four Grand Slam tournaments that is still played on grass. That world-famous grass requires precious care and maintenance.

● 1 ton of grass seed is used each year.
● Grass height measures 8 mm tall.
● Court grass is 100 percent rye grass.
● Courts are re-lined and mowed each day during the tournament.
● Up to 3,000 gallons of water are used for the grass during the two weeks of the tournament.

,h3>Food Traditions for Wimbledon Fans

With roughly 38,500 spectators visiting the grounds for the tournament, caterers have plenty of mouths to feed—often with foods particularly associated with the event.

Average Quantities Supplied by Wimbledon Championships’ Caterers

● 300,000 cups of tea and coffee
● 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s
● 190,000 sandwiches
● 150,000 bath buns, scones, pasties, and doughnuts
● 112,000 punnets of strawberries
● 100,000 pints of beer
● 25,000 bottles of champagne
● 12,000 kg of poached or smoked salmon


The Future of Wimbledon

What will Wimbledon look like in 2036? The Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University projected what the 150th anniversary of the tournament may hold for players, audiences, and the sport.

The Players

● Sensors monitor muscle movements to gauge fatigue.
● Sensors monitor sweat to gauge hydration.
● Sensors monitor heart rate to gauge stress.
● Athletes regulate water and nutrient intake based on sensor readings to optimize performance.

The Equipment

● Clothing becomes skin-tight to allow for multiple sensors in the fabric.
● Clothing fabrics help regulate a player’s body temperature.
● Sensors in racket frames record the racket speed of every shot.
● Racket frames become thinner thanks to lighter, stronger materials, and help players craft better shots.

The Spectators

● Multiple sensors on players, rackets, balls, and courts provide a wealth of information to audiences.
● Spectators use personal multimedia devices to access sensor information and enhance the traditional viewing experience.
● Holographic technology lets audiences project live games into 3D environments, even in their own living rooms.



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