Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and also the most famous tennis tournament. The first Wimbledon tournament was held in 1877. The Wimbledon Open is hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London and take place over two weeks in late June to early July. Wimbledon is one of four major tournaments (Grand Slam) that take place throughout the year. The other Grand slams being Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Numerous people consider Wimbledon as the most prestigious tournament to win in the game of tennis, mainly due to its long history, tradition, and its links to the earliest origins of tennis.
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: History
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament was first played in the year 1887 gets its name from the place where it was first played, The All England Club which is located in the suburbs of London in a place called Wimbledon. It has been played in the same place ever since. The Wimbledon Championship is the only Grand Slam event that is played on a traditional grass court. The Wimbledon tournament is held at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The club was founded in the year 1868 was initially known only as The All England Croquet Club. During the initial years, only men were allowed to participate in the tournament. The first winner of the Wimbledon tournament was Spencer Gore.
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Tradition
So much has changed since the Wimbledon Championships were first introduced. Numerous tradition are followed during the Wimbledon tournament. The obligatory strawberries and cream that are estimated at 28,000 kilos of English strawberries and 7000 litres of cream are consumed, the strong ties with the Royal family to name but a few. The white or almost all-white dress code is a mandatory requirement. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that enforces a dress code on its players. It is required that any player entering the tournament must dress “almost entirely in white,” with disqualification a possibility for players who do not follow the rule.
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Trophy & Prize Money
For the men’s singles tournament winner the trophy is a beautiful silver-gilt cup with words engraved “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World” and the winner’s name is inscribed dating back to 1877. In 2019, the winner of men’s single tournament got the prize money of $2,983,748.
For the ladies’ singles winners the trophy is a sterling silver salver, the trophy is known as the ‘Rosewater Dish’. The trophy was first introduced in the year 1886, and for each of the doubles tournaments, a silver challenge cup is presented to the winners. In 2019, the winner of women’s single tournament got the prize money of $2,983,748
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament: Records
- Most singles wins (male): Roger Federer (8 wins).
- Most singles wins (female): Martina Navratilova (9 wins).
- Oldest winner (male): Roger Federer won the Men’s Singles title in 2017 at the age of 35 years, 342 days.
- Oldest winner (female): Navratilova won the mixed doubles match in 2003 at the age of 46 years, 261 days.
- Youngest winner (male): Boris Becker won the Men’s Singles title in 1985 age of 17 years, 228 days.
- Youngest winner (female): Martina Hingis won the Ladies’ Doubles Championship in 1996 at the age of 15 years, 282 days.
- Longest tennis match: At the 2010 tournament, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes. The match was played over the span of three days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who holds the record of winning most Wimbledon championships?
The record of winning most singles wins (male) is held by Roger Federer (8 wins) and the record of most singles wins (female) is held by Martina Navratilova (9 wins).
Q. When was the first Wimbledon tennis tournament organized?
The first Wimbledon tournament was held in 1877.
Q. What is the winning prize money?
The winner of the single tournament gets the prize money of $2,983,748.