So the football has been interesting, with most home nations doing us proud! Now it’s time to become tennis experts for the biggest tournament in the UK! Wimbledon has started and so has Murray mania. There are a few things that we all know, its 100% going to rain during the tournament and there will be copious amounts of strawberries consumed. We’ve gathered some interesting things that you might not know, check out the below.
A little bit of history
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament as it has been going for 125 years and of all the ‘grand slams’ this is the only one to be played on grass. In 2009 it was decided that the All England Tennis Club would invest £80 million in a retractable roof for Centre Court to ensure play did not have to be disturbed. Ironically, in 2009 the sun was shining fiercely for the opening few days of the tournament! Prize money for the men’s singles has gone from £2,000 in 1968, to £1.88 million in 2015! Total prize money in 2015 was a whopping £26.7 million.
The do’s and don’ts
It’s a unique event that has its own etiquette and you must familiarise yourself with it before going. The main things you need to know are:
- Leave your selfie stick at home, they are not allowed
- Make sure you stay seated during play, otherwise you might get a shout out from the umpire, cringe! Don’t worry you can move once play has finished and you will see people scurrying around, so you can’t miss it!
- There’s no chanting here! During play and especially rallies you have to be quiet so the tennis players can concentrate
- Never cheer a double fault as tennis is a friendly sport, people cheer and clap for good play not points missed.
There’s a lot to take in, so check out the website for the official A-Z guide http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/atoz/index.html
The famous queue
Come rain or shine you can guarantee that people will be queuing from dawn until dusk to get in to see some tennis. Some people prefer to camp the night before so they are guaranteed to get in early doors, others come first thing in the morning, but you can also rock up after work for an evening session (providing the weather is nice enough). Don’t forget to take a picnic, plenty of fluids and some entertainment as you can be queuing for quite some time. You can only pay by cash, so make sure you have enough with you.
This famous piece of grass has had three names, the most recent being Murray Mound. It started life as Aorangi Terrace, then In the 90’s was known as Henman Hill and now Murray is King of this hill! The hill is situated to the north of No.1 Court, and has become a popular area for grounds pass ticket holders to watch the action on the main courts.
The tournament is bound to be packed full of big names from greats such as Federer and the Willam’s sisters to new talent bursting through. Whatever camp you’re sitting in, let’s hope the sun is shining, the strawberries are plentiful and everyone has a lovely British experience.