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The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as simply "Wimbledon", is the oldest and arguably most prestigious event in the sport of tennis. Held every June and July in London, United Kingdom the tournament is the third Grand Slam event played each year, preceded by the Australian Open and the French Open, and followed by the U.S. Open. The tournament (which is the only Grand Slam event played on grass - although there are other tournaments played on the surface such as Queens and Halle) lasts for two weeks, subject to extensions for rain. Image File history File links Wimbledon_logo. ... A tennis net Tennis is a sport played between either two players (Singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a ball, a hollow rubber ball covered in felt, over a net into the opponents court. ... London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom, and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... A Grand Slam is a term in tennis used to denote winning all four of the following championship titles in the same year: Australian Open French Open Wimbledon U.S. Open These tournaments are therefore also known as the Grand Slam tournaments, and rank as the most important tennis tournaments... This article is about the Australian Open tennis tournament. ... The French Open, officially the Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English: Roland Garros Tournament), is a tennis event held over two weeks between mid May and early June in Paris, France, and is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar. ... US Open logo The United States Open tennis tournament, commonly referred to as the U.S. Open (or as simply the Open in the U.S. only), is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. ... An area of grass-like plants Grass generally describes a monocotyledonous green plant characterized by slender leaves, called blades, which usually grow arching upwards from the ground. ... Goran Ivanisevic and Mario Ancic playing doubles during the 2004 Queens Club Championships The Queens Club Championships is an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts at the Queens Club in London. ... The Gerry Weber Open is a tennis tournament held in Halle, Germany. ...


Separate tournaments are simultaneously held, all at the same venue, for Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Singles, Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Youth tournaments — Boys' Singles, Girls' Singles, Boys' Doubles and Girls' Doubles — are also held. Additionally, special invitational tournaments are held: the 35 and over Gentlemen's Doubles, 45 and over Gentlemen's Doubles, 35 and over Ladies' Doubles and wheelchair doubles. A wheelchair tennis player serving. ...

Grand Slams

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In tennis, a singles player or doubles team is said to have achieved the Grand Slam if they succeed in winning all four of the following championship titles in the same calendar year: Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open These tournaments are therefore also known as the Grand Slam... This article is about the Australian Open tennis tournament. ... The French Open, officially the Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English: Roland Garros Tournament), is a tennis event held over two weeks between mid May and early June in Paris, France, and is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar. ... US Open logo The United States Open tennis tournament, commonly referred to as the U.S. Open (or as simply the Open in the U.S. only), is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. ...


History

Sébastien Grosjean takes a shot on Court 18 during the 2004 championships
Sébastien Grosjean takes a shot on Court 18 during the 2004 championships

The Championships were first played under the control of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 1877 at a ground near Worple Road, Wimbledon; the only event held was Gentlemen's Singles. In 1884, the All England Club added Ladies' Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles. Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles were added in 1913. The Championships moved to their present location, at a ground near Church Road, in 1922. As with the other three Grand Slam events, Wimbledon was contested by top-ranked amateur players until the advent of the open era in tennis in 1968. Britons are very proud of the tournament[citation needed] but it is a source of national anguish and humour[citation needed] — no British man has won the singles event at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, and no British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977. Download high resolution version (1296x864, 196 KB)Sebastien Grosjean, 10th seed, in his 3rd round match against Jan-Michael Gambill. ... Download high resolution version (1296x864, 196 KB)Sebastien Grosjean, 10th seed, in his 3rd round match against Jan-Michael Gambill. ... Sébastien René Grosjean (born May 29, 1978, Marseille, France) is a professional tennis player from France. ... The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is based in Wimbledon in South London, at grid reference TQ242721. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Wimbledon (pronounced ) is a suburb of London, part of the London Borough of Merton and located seven miles (11. ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Open Era in tennis began in 1968, when the Grand Slam events such as the Wimbledon Championships abandoned the longstanding rules of amateurism and allowed professionals to compete. ... Fred Perry hitting a backhand volley Frederick John Perry (May 18, 1909 - February 2, 1995) was an English tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sarah Virginia Wade (born July 10, 1945, in Bournemouth, England) is a former tennis player from the United Kingdom. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Events

There are five main events held at Wimbledon: Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Singles, Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles. In addition, four events are held for juniors: Boys' Singles, Girls' Singles, Boys' Doubles and Girls' Doubles. (The Mixed Doubles event is not held at the junior level.) Finally, four invitational events are held: the 35 and over Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles, the 45 and over Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles, the 35 and over Ladies' Invitation Doubles and the Wheelchair Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles.


Matches in the Gentlemen's Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles competitions are best-of-five sets; matches in all other events are best-of-three sets. Most events are single-elimination tournaments; in other words, a player who loses a single match is immediately eliminated from the tournament. However, the 35 and over Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles and the 35 and over Ladies' Invitation Doubles are both round-robin tournaments. A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... A round-robin tournament or all-play-all tournament is a type of group tournament in which each participant plays every other participant an equal number of times. ...


Up until 1921, the winners of the previous year's competition (except in the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles) were automatically granted byes into the final round (then known as the challenge round.) This led to many winners retaining their titles for successive years, as they were able to rest while their opponent competed from the start of the competition. From 1922, the title holders played through from the start of the championships.


Each year, the tournament begins on the Monday falling between 20 and 26 June (six weeks before the first Monday in August). It is held two weeks after the Queen's Club Championships, which are considered the major warm-up for Wimbledon for male players. Another important warm-up tournament for the men is the Gerry Weber Open, which is held in Halle, Germany at about the same time as the Queen's Club Championships. Wimbledon usually lasts for two weeks; the main events span both weeks, but the junior and invitational events are for the most part held during the second week. Traditionally, there is no play on the "Middle Sunday," which is considered a rest day. However, rain has forced play on the Middle Sunday thrice in the Championship's history: in 1991, 1997, and 2004. On each of these occasions, Wimbledon has staged a "People's Sunday", with unreserved seating and readily available, inexpensive tickets. Goran Ivanisevic and Mario Ancic playing doubles during the 2004 Queens Club Championships The Queens Club Championships is an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts at the Queens Club in London. ... The Gerry Weber Open is a tennis tournament held in Halle, Germany. ... Halle (also called Halle in Westfalen in order to distinguish from Halle, Saxony-Anhalt) is a town in the German Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Players and seeding

A total of 128 players feature in each singles event, 64 pairs in each single-sex doubles event, and 48 pairs in Mixed Doubles. Players and doubles pairs are admitted to the main events on the basis of their international rankings, with consideration also given to their previous performances at grasscourt events. Currently 32 male and female players are given seedings in the Gentlemen's and Ladies' singles while 16 teams are seeded in the doubles events.


The Committee of Management and the Referee evaluate all applications for entry, and determine which players may be admitted to the tournament directly. The committee may admit a player without a high enough ranking as a wild card. Usually, wild cards are players who have performed well during previous tournaments, or would stimulate public interest in Wimbledon by participating. The only wild card to win the Gentlemen's Singles Championship was Goran Ivanisevic (2001); no wild card has ever won the Ladies' Singles Title. Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before Wimbledon at the Bank of England Sports Ground in Roehampton. The singles qualifying competitions are three-round events; the same-sex doubles competitions last for only one round. There is no qualifying tournament for Mixed Doubles. No qualifier has won either the Gentlemen's Singles or the Ladies' Singles tournaments. The furthest that any qualifier has progressed in the main draw of a Singles tournament is the semi-final round: John McEnroe in 1977 and Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus in 2000 (Gentlemen's Singles), and Alexandra Stevenson in 1999 (Ladies' Singles). In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... Country: Croatia Residence: Monte Carlo, MON Height: 64 (193 cm) Weight: 180 lb (81 kg) Plays: Left Turned pro: 1988 Highest singles ranking: 2 (7/4/1994) Singles titles: 22 Career Prize Money: $19,876,579 Grand Slam Record Australian Open QF (1989-94-97) French Open QF (1992... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Roehampton is a place in south London, in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ... Vladimir Voltchkov is one of the best belarusian tennis players, whos greatest achievemet was reaching the wimbledon semifinal in 2002. ... Alexandra Stevenson (born December 15, 1980, in La Jolla, California) is a professional tennis player from the United States. ...


Players are admitted to the junior tournaments upon the recommendations of their national tennis associations, on their International Tennis Federation world rankings and, in the case of the singles events, on the basis of a qualifying competition. The Committee of Management determines which players may enter the four invitational events. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of world tennis, made up of 202 national tennis associations. ...


The Committee seeds the top players and pairs (thirty-two players in each main singles events, and sixteen pairs in each main doubles event) on the basis of their rankings. A majority of the entrants are unseeded. Only two unseeded players have ever won the Gentlemen's Singles Championship: Boris Becker in 1985 and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. No unseeded player has captured the Ladies' Singles title; the lowest seeded female champion was Venus Williams, who won in 2005 as the fourteenth seed. Unseeded pairs have won the doubles titles on numerous occasions; the 2005 Gentlemen's Doubles champions were not only unseeded, but also (for the first time ever) qualifiers. Boris Franz Becker (b. ... This article is about the year. ... Country: Croatia Residence: Monte Carlo, MON Height: 64 (193 cm) Weight: 180 lb (81 kg) Plays: Left Turned pro: 1988 Highest singles ranking: 2 (7/4/1994) Singles titles: 22 Career Prize Money: $19,876,579 Grand Slam Record Australian Open QF (1989-94-97) French Open QF (1992... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an African-American former World No. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See article: Women's Seeds at The Championships, Wimbledon Womens singles seeds from 1960 through 2005 at The Championships, Wimbledon: 2005: 1. ...


Grounds

The order of play for all courts is displayed on boards around the grounds
The order of play for all courts is displayed on boards around the grounds

The nineteen courts used for Wimbledon are all composed purely of rye grass. The speed and the low bounce of grass courts favours serve and volley players. Serve and volleyers such as Rod Laver, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras have all won the Championships. However, baseliners such as Björn Borg have also performed very well, as have all-court players like Roger Federer. Among women, the serve and volley strategy is less common; one of the few female serve and volleyers, Martina Navrátilová, won Wimbledon on a record nine occasions. Order of play notice at the Wimbledon championships 2004. ... Order of play notice at the Wimbledon championships 2004. ... Ryegrass (Lolium) is a small genus of tufted grasses, belonging to the Grass family Poaceae. ... Serve and volley is a strategy used in lawn tennis (and rarely in real tennis) where a player serves and immediately moves forward to make the next shot a volley and hopefully a winner. ... Country: Australia Residence: San Diego, California, USA Height: 5 ft 8 in (172 cm) Weight: 150 lb (68 kg) Plays: Left Turned pro: 1962 Retired: 1974 Highest singles ranking: 1 Singles titles: 39 Career prize money: US$1,564,213 Grand Slam Record Titles: 11 Australian Open W (60, 62... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ... Boris Franz Becker (b. ... Country: Sweden Residence: Växjö, SWE Height: 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) Weight: 77 kg (170 lb) Plays: Right Turned pro: 1983 Retired: 1996 Highest singles ranking: 1 (Aug 13th, 1990) Singles titles: 42 Career Prize Money: US$20,630,941 Grand Slam Record Titles: 6 Australian Open W... Peter Pete Sampras (b. ... (June 6, 1956, Södertälje, Sweden) is a former tennis champion who was the World No. ... Roger Federer (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently the number 1 ranked player in the world. ... Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a former World No. ...


The main show courts, Centre Court and No. 1 Court, are normally used only for two weeks a year, during the Championships, but play can extend into a 3rd week in exceptional circumstances. The remaining seventeen courts are regularly used for other events hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The show courts will, however, be pressed into action for the second time in three months in 2012 as Wimbledon will host the tennis events of the 2012 Olympic Games. Centre Court may be used generically as the British English term for the main court at any tennis complex. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Olympic Flags at Dorney Lake. ...


Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event played on grass courts. At one time, all of the other Grand Slam events were played on grass. The French Open abandoned grass for its current red clay in 1928, while the U.S. and Australian Opens stayed with grass decades longer. The U.S. Open abandoned grass for a synthetic clay surface in 1975, and changed again to a hard surface with its 1978 move to its current venue. The Australian Open abandoned grass for a different type of hard surface in 1988. The French Open, officially the Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English: Roland Garros Tournament), is a tennis event held over two weeks between mid May and early June in Paris, France, and is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... US Open logo The United States Open tennis tournament, commonly referred to as the U.S. Open (or as simply the Open in the U.S. only), is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This article is about the Australian Open tennis tournament. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The main court, Centre Court, was opened in 1922 when the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club moved from Worple Road to Church Road. Due to possibility of rain during Wimbledon, a retractable roof is planned for the court; it is expected to be completed in 2009. The court has a capacity of almost 14,000; at its south end is the Royal Box, from which members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries watch matches. Centre Court usually hosts the finals and semi-finals of the main events, as well as many matches in the earlier rounds involving top-seeded players. 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

No.1 Court
No.1 Court

The second most important court is No. 1 Court. The court was constructed in 1997 to replace the old No. 1 Court, which was adjacent to Centre Court (similar to how the Grandstand at Flushing Meadows is adjacent to Louis Armstrong Stadium), but was demolished because its capacity for spectators was too low. The original No. 1 Court was said to have a unique, more intimate atmosphere, and was a favourite of many players. The new No. 1 Court has a capacity of approximately 11,000. The third-largest court, No. 2 Court, has been dubbed the "Graveyard of Champions" due to its reputation as the court on which many seeded players have been eliminated during the early rounds. Famous players who have lost on the Graveyard during early round play include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams. The court has a capacity of about 3,000. Image File history File linksMetadata Court_1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Court_1. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA National Tennis Center. ... Louis Armstrong Stadium is the second tennis stadium of the U.S. Open, the last of each years four Grand Slam tournaments. ... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ... Peter Pete Sampras (b. ... Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an African-American former World No. ... Serena Jameka Williams [1] [2] [3] (born September 26, 1981) is an African-American professional womens tennis player, who is a former World No. ...


At the northern end of the grounds is a giant television screen on which important matches are broadcast. Fans watch from an area of grass officially known as Aorangi Park, but more commonly called Henman Hill. The "hill" takes its name from local favourite Tim Henman, who many fans hope will become the first British man to win the tournament since Fred Perry did so in 1936. When other Brits do well at Wimbledon, the hill attracts fans for them, and is often re-named by the press for them: Greg Rusedski's followers convened at "Rusedski Ridge", and the young Scotsman Andy Murray has had the hill nicknamed "Murray Mound", "Mount Murray" or "Murray Field" (after the Scottish rugby stadium). Henman Hill, officially Aorangi Park is an area in the grounds of the All England Club, where the Wimbledon tennis championships are annually held. ... Timothy Henry Henman, OBE (born 6 September 1974 in Oxford) is an English tennis player. ... Fred Perry hitting a backhand volley Frederick John Perry (May 18, 1909 - February 2, 1995) was an English tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Gregory Greg Rusedski (born September 6, 1973, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a British tennis player who turned professional in 1991. ... Andrew Andy Murray (born 15 May 1987 in Glasgow), is a Scottish tennis player. ... Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh (capacity 67,500) is the home of Scottish Rugby and a name known throughout the rugby world. ...


Traditions

Court 10 - on the outside courts there is no reserved seating
Court 10 - on the outside courts there is no reserved seating
Evening on the first Friday of the 2004 championships
Evening on the first Friday of the 2004 championships
Men's doubles winners, 2004.
Men's doubles winners, 2004.

Dark green and purple (sometimes also referred to as mauve) are the traditional Wimbledon colours. Green apparel was worn by the chair umpire, linesmen, ball boys and ball girls through the 2005 Championships; however, beginning with the 2006 Championships, officials, ball boys and ball girls were outfitted in new navy blue and cream coloured uniforms from American designer Ralph Lauren. This marked the first time in the history of the Championships that an outside company was used to design Wimbledon apparel. As of June 2006, Wimbledon's contract with Ralph Lauren is set to last until 2009. The All England Club requires players to wear "almost entirely white" clothing during matches, a reason why a young Andre Agassi boycotted the tournament in the early 1990s. No other Grand Slam tournament has such a strict dress code for players. During matches, female players are always referred to with the title "Miss" or "Mrs". (Formerly, married female players were referred to by their husband's names: for example, Chris Evert-Lloyd appeared on scoreboards as "Mrs. J. M. Lloyd" during her marriage to John M. Lloyd. However, this custom has been abandoned.) On the other hand, the title "Mr" is never used for male players. Download high resolution version (1296x864, 181 KB)Taken looking out to court no. ... Download high resolution version (1296x864, 181 KB)Taken looking out to court no. ... Download high resolution version (1296x864, 221 KB)Taken from the standing area on court number 2 on the evening of the 1st friday in the 2004 Championships. ... Download high resolution version (1296x864, 221 KB)Taken from the standing area on court number 2 on the evening of the 1st friday in the 2004 Championships. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1327 KB) Todd Woodbridge (left) and Jonas Björkman hold their trophies after winning the Wimbledon mens double final in 2004. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1327 KB) Todd Woodbridge (left) and Jonas Björkman hold their trophies after winning the Wimbledon mens double final in 2004. ... Purple is any of a group of colors intermediate between deep blue and red. ... Mauve (French form of Malva, mallow) is a pale grayed pink-lilac color, one of many in the range of purples. ... Cover Time magazine Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifschitz on October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer and business executive. ... Andre Kirk Agassi is an Armenian-American professional tennis player (born April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada), and is a former World No. ... Chris Evert on a Wheaties pack Christine Marie Evert (b. ... John Lloyd (b. ...


Previously, players bowed or curtsied to members of the Royal Family seated in the Royal Box upon entering or leaving Centre Court. In 2003, however, the President of the All England Club, HRH The Duke of Kent, decided to discontinue the tradition. Now, players are required to bow or curtsy only if the Queen or the Prince of Wales is present. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


For the spectators, strawberries and cream is the traditional snack at Wimbledon. Approximately 62,000 pounds of strawberries and 1,540 gallons of cream are sold each year during the Championships. Species 20+ species; see text The strawberry (Fragaria) is a genus of plants in the family Rosaceae, and the fruit of these plants. ... Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-fat layer skimmed from the top of raw milk before homogenization. ...


Since 1992, Radio Wimbledon - an on-site radio station with a studio in the Centre Court building - has broadcast commentary, music and speech from 8am to 10pm daily throughout the championship. They also broadcast the draw on the Friday prior to the start of the tournament. Radio Wimbledon can be heard within a five-mile radius on 87.7 FM, and also online. It operates under a Restricted Service License and is arguably the most sophisticated RSL annually in the UK. The main presenters are Sam Lloyd and Nick Dye - typically they work alternate four hour shifts - reporters and commentators include Gigi Salmon, Nick Lestor, Rupert Bell, Nigel Bidmead, Guy Swindells, Lucie Ahl, Nadine Towell and Helen Whitaker. Often they will report from the 'Crow's Nest' - an elevated building housing the court 2 and 3 scoreboards which affords views of most of the outside courts. Regular guests include Sue Mappin. In recent years Radio Wimbledon acquired a second low-power FM frequency (within the grounds only) of 96.3 FM for uninterrupted Centre Court commentary, and, from 2006, a third for coverage from No. 1 Court on 97.8 FM. Hourly news bulletins and travel (using RDS) are also broadcast. The abbreviations FM, Fm, and fm may refer to: Electrical engineering Frequency modulation (FM) and its most common applications: FM broadcasting, used primarily to broadcast music and speech at VHF frequencies FM synthesis, a sound-generation technique popularized by early digital synthesizers Science Femtometre (fm), an SI measure of length... A UK Restricted Service Licence (often called an RSL), is granted by British broadcasting authority Ofcom to radio stations serving a local community or a special event. ... Sam Lloyd, broadcasting for Radio Wimbledon Sam Lloyd is an English freelance sports presenter and broadcaster currently based in the UK. She is the daughter of David and Yvonne Lloyd. ... Radio Data System, or RDS, is a standard for sending small amounts of digital information using conventional FM radio broadcasts. ...


Trophies and prize money

The Gentlemen's Singles champion receives a silver gilt cup 18.5 inches (about 47 cm) in height and 7.5 inches (about 19 cm) in diameter. The trophy has been awarded since 1887. It bears the inscription: "The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World." The Ladies' Singles champion receives a sterling silver salver commonly known as the "Venus Rosewater Dish," or simply the "Rosewater Dish." The salver, which is 18.75 inches (about 48 cm) in diameter, is decorated with figures from mythology. The winners of the Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles, and Mixed Doubles events receive silver cups. The runner-up in each event receives an inscribed silver plate. The trophies are usually presented by the President of the All England Club, The Duke of Kent, and by his sister, Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy. 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, KG GCMG GCVO (Edward George Nicholas Patrick Windsor) (born 9 October 1935), is a member of the British Royal Family, a grandchild of King George V. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since 1942. ... Princess Alexandra Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy (Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel Ogilvy, née Windsor), (born 25 December 1936), is a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of King George V. She was married to the late Sir Angus Ogilvy. ...


At Wimbledon, more prize money is awarded in the Gentlemen's events than in the Ladies' events. The French Open also offered higher prize money for men until 2006, when it joined the Australian Open and the U.S. Open in offering equal prize money (but only for the Champions). In 2005, Wimbledon prize money exceeded £10 million (the exact amount was £10,085,510) in total for the first time. The sums awarded to the winners of each of the main events in 2006 are as follows (the amounts shown for the doubles events are per pair): 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Gentlemen's Singles: £655,000($1,208,726)
  • Ladies' Singles: £625,000($1,153,386)
  • Gentlemen's Doubles: £220,690($407,265)
  • Ladies' Doubles: £205,280($378,840)
  • Mixed Doubles: £90,000($166,093)

Champions

Roger Federer at the 2005 championships
Roger Federer at the 2005 championships

See: List of Wimbledon champions Image File history File links Federer. ... Image File history File links Federer. ... Roger Federer (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently the number 1 ranked player in the world. ... Here is a list of winners of the Wimbledon Championships in tennis, including the Gentlemens Singles and Doubles, Ladies Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. ...

  • Last British Gentlemen's Singles champion: Fred Perry (1936)
  • Last British Ladies' Singles champion: Virginia Wade (1977)

Timeline See also Wimbledon Championships List of Wimbledon Womens Singles champions List of Wimbledon Doubles champions List of Wimbledon Mixed Doubles champions List of Australian Open Mens Singles champions List of Australian Open Womens Singles champions List of French Open Mens Singles champions List of French... See also Wimbledon Championships List of Wimbledon Mens Singles champions List of Wimbledon Doubles champions List of Wimbledon Mixed Doubles champions List of Australian Open Mens Singles champions List of Australian Open Womens Singles champions List of French Open Mens Singles champions List of French Open... This is a list of champions of the Wimbledon championships of the Gentlemens and Ladies Doubles competitions. ... This is a list of champions of the Wimbledon championships of the Gentlemens and Ladies Doubles competitions. ... This is a list of champions of the Wimbledon championships of the Mixed Doubles competitions. ... Fred Perry hitting a backhand volley Frederick John Perry (May 18, 1909 - February 2, 1995) was an English tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion. ... Sarah Virginia Wade (born July 10, 1945, in Bournemouth, England) is a former tennis player from the United Kingdom. ...

Records

Record Player Titles
Winner of most Gentlemen's Singles Championships  William Renshaw,  Pete Sampras 7
Winner of most Ladies' Singles Championships  Martina Navrátilová 9
Winner of most Gentlemen's Doubles Championships  Todd Woodbridge 9
Winner of most Ladies' Doubles Championships  Elizabeth Ryan 12
Winner of most Mixed Doubles Championships  Elizabeth Ryan 7
Winner of most Championships (total)  Billie Jean King,  Martina Navrátilová 20

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... William Charles Renshaw (January 3, 1861 - August 12, 1904) was one of the greatest British male tennis players ever. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Peter Pete Sampras (b. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a former World No. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... Woodbridge (back) with partner Jonas Björkman in the mens double final, Wimbledon 2004. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Elizabeth Ryan was an American tennis player who holds the most womens doubles and mixed doubles titles in Wimbledon history. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Elizabeth Ryan was an American tennis player who holds the most womens doubles and mixed doubles titles in Wimbledon history. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Billie Jean King (born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is a retired tennis player from the United States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a former World No. ...

External links

  • Official Site
  • BBC Wimbledon Site
  • Satellite image of the venue (Google Maps)
  • Tennis Rankings and Events Calendar and information about Wimbledon Tournaments
Wimbledon Tournaments
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Wimbledon championships - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database (2122 words)
The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as simply "Wimbledon", is the oldest and arguably most prestigious event in the sport of tennis.
The nineteen courts used for Wimbledon are all composed purely of rye grass.
Due to possibility of rain during Wimbledon, a retractable roof is planned for the court; it is expected to be completed in 2009.
Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon - London Events - London Hotels near Wimbledon (532 words)
Wimbledon is situated in South West London, close to Morden and Kingston.
Wimbledon is easily reached from the city centre by district line tube, which runs from Wimbledon to Earls Court, Kensington, Victoria, Paddington and Tower Hill.
Open all year round is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum which is a fascinating tour of the history of tennis that was reopened after extensive refurbishments by the HRH Duke of Kent on 12th April 2006.
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