Wimbledon: The Oldest and Most Elite Tennis Tournament

The oldest tennis tournament in the world is Wimbledon, also known as The Championships or The Wimbledon Championships. This is a fan favourite in the sports betting world so read on for more.

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Wimbledon Tennis is widely considered the most prestigious tournament, Wimbledon is held at the All England Club in London since 1877. It consists of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (Majors). Wimbledon is the only Major that is still played on grass. Over two weeks a year in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final.

Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledon’s Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.

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Wimbledon Events and Number of Players:

  • Main Events:
    • Gentlemen’s Singles (128)
    • Ladies’ Singles (128)
    • Gentlemen’s Doubles (64)
    • Ladies’ Doubles (64)
    • Mixed Doubles (48)
  • Junior Events:
    • Boys’ Doubles (32)
    • Girls’ Doubles (32)
    • Boys’ Singles (64)
    • Girls’ Singles (64)
    • Disabled Doubles (12)
  • Initiation Events:
    • Ladies’ Invitation Doubles (8 pairs Round Robin)
    • Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles (8 pairs Round Robin)
    • Senior Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles (8 pairs Round Robin)
    • Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles (4 pairs)
    • Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles (4 pairs)

Wimbledon Prize Money –  2014 Gentlemen’s & Ladies’ Singles

Category Amount each Increase from 2013
Winners £1,760,000 0.1
Runners-up £880,000 0.1
Losing semi-finalists £440,000 0.1
Losing quarter-finalists £226,000 0.1
Fourth round losers £117,000 0.11
Third round losers £71,000 0.13
Second round losers £43,000 0.13
First round losers £27,000 0.15

The Top Wimbledon Rankings

Ranking Points    
First round 10 10
Second round 45 70
Third round 90 130
Fourth round 180 240
Quarter-finalist 360 430
Semi-finalist 720 780
Runner-up 1200 1300
Champion 2000 2000

2014 Wimbledon Results

Event Champion Runner-up Score
2014 Gentlemen’s Singles  Novak Djokovic  Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2014 Ladies’ Singles  Petra Kvitová  Eugenie Bouchard 6–3, 6–0
2014 Gentlemen’s Doubles  Vasek Pospisil  Bob Bryan 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
 Jack Sock  Mike Bryan
2014 Ladies’ Doubles  Sara Errani  Timea Babos 6–1, 6–3
 Roberta Vinci  Kristina Mladenovic
2014 Mixed Doubles  Nenad Zimonjic  Max Mirnyi 6–4, 6–2
 Samantha Stosur  Hao-Ching Chan

Wimbledon Tennis: Did you Know?

There is quite a lot of information out there about Wimbledon Tennis. Here are some of the interesting facts:

  • Wimbledon Tennis always starts on the Monday falling between the 20 and 26 June and it lasts 14 days. From this year however, The Championship will begin one week later
  •  The game is played on 100% perennial ryegrass and those courts are only used for two week s in the year for Wimbledon
  • What to wear – There are strict rules when it comes to uniform/colour:
    • No dark, fluorescent or bold colours
    • No solid mass of colour
    • All shirts, shorts and skirts must be white or in some cases light pastels
    • All hats, shoes and socks must be white
  • Players have to bow to The Prince of Wales or Her Majesty The Queen if they are present
  • Wimbledon Tickets are sold to the public, but due to the high number of applicants a computer randomly selects the successful applicants
  • Fans that do not have tickets can wait for seats on the day on 3 courts – Most fans will camp at the venue overnight to get a chance to watch the game

Some of the Top Wimbledon Tennis Records

  1. Only three men have won 7 Singles Titles: William Renshaw (1881 – 1889), Pete Sampras (1993 – 2000) and Roger Federer (2003 – 2012)
  2. Only one woman has won 9 Singles Titles: Martina Navratilova (1978 – 1990), before 1968 Helen Wills won 8 Singles Titles (1927 – 1938)
  3. Björn Borg had a 92.72% overall winning performance in his career – Men Singles
  4. Steffi Graf had a 90.36% overall winning performance in her career – Woman Singles
  5. Andy Roddick has won the most times in a final with 39 wins
  6. Jean Borotra has played the most matches (223 matches) and Martina Navratilova with 326 matches

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