Do not miss the prestigious Wimbledon Tournament, coming back from 23th June to 6th July!
The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world returns this summer from 23th June to 6th July and you’ve got no excuses to let it slip! (Well, maybe the World Cup… But still!!!)
A little bit of history…
Huge tennis’s fan or not, you might be, however, curious about what’s taking place in London during your stay. And it’s never too late to be interested and enjoy London to the full!
Wimbledon was played for the first time in 1877 at the All England Club in London, since, it’s playing every in the same eponymous district from the last week of June to the first week of July. The tournament is also one of the four Grand Slam, also called Majors, beside the Australian Open, the French Open (Rolland Garros) and the US Open.
At first, it was exclusively reserved for men but then has been opened for women since 1884. Furthermore the tournament doesn’t only set up Gentlemen’s Single and Ladies’ Single but also welcome a large range of events such as Junior and Invitation matches including singles and doubles. As well, Wimbledon can receive disabled and wheelchair people meetings.
Over his incredible history, The Wimbledon Championships saw pass through a lot of great women and men players which some of them achieve amazing records. We can easily name some famous ones such as Björn Borg, Martina Navratilova, Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi or more recently Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or the two sisters Venus and Serena Williams.
Wimbledon’s specificities and traditions
The tournament is also famous for its own atypical customs like for instance this is the only tennis competition played on the original surface-grass, even after 132 years of its existence!
Also, there is no match without strawberries and cream served to the players and spectators. This is a completely serious tradition which takes up an important part in the Wimbledon’s history.
Speaking of history, the Royal Family has strong relationships with the private member’s club All-England Club of which the sponsor is Queen Elizabeth II, and the President is The Duke of Ken. Before 2003, the players had to bow in front of the Royal Family seated in the Royal Box but that rule was abolished. Now the players just have to keep this kind of courtesy only in the presence of The Prince of Wales and the Queen.
Besides, the Wimbledon championship isn’t sponsored by any advertising.
As regards to the players, the married women tennis players are referred as “Miss” or “Mrs” but there isn’t “Mr” reference for the men players, only for amateurs.
About the colours, green and purple are the official and only ones for the championship until 2006 when the creator Ralph Lauren designed blue and cream outfits. Still, the players are required to wear all-white clothing since 1877.
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships
Last year, Andy Murray became the 2013 Gentlemen’s Singles Champion winning against Novak Djokovic and will certainly defend his title this year, especially after being beaten by Rafael Nadal lately during the French Open. As for the 2013 Women’s Singles, the French Marion Bartoli won her first Major Singles title at Wimbledon against the German Sabine Lisicki.
Now let’s just wait for the 6th of July and see who will be the next happy winners! Who are your favourites?
From Palmers Lodge Hillspring or Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, you can easily get to Wimbledon by taking the Jubilee line at the respective stations Willesden Green or Swiss Cottage towards Stratford. Then you will have to stop at the Westminster station, take the District line towards Wimbledon and stop at the Southfields station. Here, catch the bus 493 towards Tooting at the Southfields stop U and get off at the Wimbledon Tennis Club and Museum station.
Check out the website for more information http://www.wimbledon.com/index.html