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

CategoryAmount eachIncrease from 2013
Losing semi-finalists£440,0000.1
Losing quarter-finalists£226,0000.1
Fourth round losers£117,0000.11
Third round losers£71,0000.13
Second round losers£43,0000.13
First round losers£27,0000.15

The Top Wimbledon Rankings

Ranking Points  
First round1010
Second round4570
Third round90130
Fourth round180240

2014 Wimbledon Results

2014 Gentlemen’s Singles Novak Djokovic Roger Federer6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
2014 Ladies’ Singles Petra Kvitová Eugenie Bouchard6–3, 6–0
2014 Gentlemen’s Doubles Vasek Pospisil Bob Bryan7–6, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
 Jack Sock Mike Bryan
2014 Ladies’ Doubles Sara Errani Timea Babos6–1, 6–3
 Roberta Vinci Kristina Mladenovic
2014 Mixed Doubles Nenad Zimonjic Max Mirnyi6–4, 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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