Are you a big tennis fan? If you definitely know about Wimbledon, one of the biggest tennis tournaments in this world. It’s every players’ dream to play Wimbledon one day. It’s a matter of prestige and honor.
Wimbledon is held by All England Club once in a year in England. It attracts almost 500,000 visitors from all around the world. Moreover, it’s the oldest tennis tournaments in the world. So, it’s pretty unlikely to not have any quirks.
Here are 8 interesting facts about Wimbledon you should know.
1. It’s All Green
There are four grand slams and all of them are some of the most important tennis tournaments. And Wimbledon might the most important out of them all. It’s the only grand slam that is played on the fast and green grass court and it isn’t going to change anytime soon.
All England Club grows the grasses of the court all year. And then, as the tournament begins, they trim the grasses to an exact height of 8 mm. Pretty green, isn’t it?
2. It’s The Grandpa Of The Grand Slams
The most important tennis tournament is also the oldest tournament of this game. Wimbledon was first held by All England Club in 1877. Although other grand slams like the U.S. Open started just 4 years later in 1881, for the next 48 years, Wimbledon remained the most important tournament.
It started only as a men’s tournament and the other formats are added later on. If we really have to judge it by the year it first started, it’s basically the grandpa of all the grand slams.
3. All White
The oldest tennis tournament does have its quirks. When it first started back in 1877, players had to stick to white dresses and no other color is allowed.
Even now, players are required to dress in all white and wearing dresses of any other color except for white is a big no-no. Umpires can even ask the players to go off the court and change their dress if they don’t wear all white. Ouch!
4. How Many Tennis Balls Did They Use?
During Wimbledon 2015, they used a total of 54,250 balls. And to make sure the quality of the game doesn’t drop, each ball was changed after every 7 to 9 matches.
And what about the balls they didn’t use at all? Well, they had been stored inside a big cool container that acted as a giant refrigerator to preserve the balls. Wimbledon has also been played with a white ball. But the organizers had to replace the balls with the yellow ones back in 1986 because people just couldn’t see it on the TV.
5. BBG On The Mission
Each year, around 250 BBGs have to go through tough training to collect all the ball randomly moving around the courts. And they receive special training to do that. According to a BBG trainer, a BBG should do all their work under the radar. Basically, they shouldn’t catch anyone’s attention during the match and no one should focus on them.
6. A 3-Day Tennis Match
How long do you think a tennis match may take to settle things? 1 day at the longest maybe.
Unfortunately, it’s far from being accurate. The longest tennis match was played between Josh Isner and Nicholas Mahut. And that game lasted for 3 days back in Wimbledon 2010.
Do you feel tired yet?
7. Watch Out For The Tennis Ball
Wimbledon has some pretty awesome records. And the record for fastest serves belongs to its record book.
The fastest serve by any man at Wimbledon has clocked at a staggering 238 kph. It was by the U.S. player Taylor Dent. Meanwhile, Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest women’s serve. It clocked at 205 kph.
You better watch out.
8. And The Grunt
Some tennis players just hit the ball hard. And then there are other players who are going to shatter your ears while hitting some of the fiercest shots back to you.
The record of the loudest grant is held by Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova which reached up to 105 decibels. And believe me, it’s the same ear-shattering noise you would have to face if you stand near an accelerating Royal Enfield.