Wimbledon runs between Monday 3rd July until Sunday 16th July this year.
Every summer the UK crowds around a TV screen to watch Wimbledon and eat strawberries.
A truly British sporting occasion!
A few fun facts you may not know about this Very British Occasion.
Henman Hill, Murray Mound, call it what you like…we love it.
Aorangi Terrace, commonly known as “Henman Hill”, is a mostly grassed banked area in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where, during the annual Wimbledon tennis championship, crowds of people without show court tickets can watch the tennis matches live on a giant television screen at the side of No. 1 Court.
At Wimbledon, rain is kind of fun.
Over the years, Wimbledon has experienced its fair share of rainy days. Some have brought play to a close for the rest of the day leaving matches delayed. But since the installation of the retractable roof on the Centre Court (which is so well known it has its own Twitter account) have passed by without any interruption to play aside from a few moments of light drizzle. While Wimbledon’s worst days of rain are long in the past. The 1922 the tournament was plagued by rain every single day and lasted until Wednesday of the third week.
We get to see celebs looking smart.
Wimbledon has a strict dress code for the players but there are no specific guidelines for spectators. However in practice, like most of the more refined important annual sports events in the UK, there is an unofficial dress code and dressing somewhat smartly is definitely encouraged. “Torn jeans, running vests, dirty trainers and sports shorts” are the only items that are outright banned for Debenture ticket holders only, but tailored shorts are ok. Some hospitality areas within the grounds of Wimbledon prohibit jeans and trainers and the dress code is also stricter within the Member’s Enclosure, where men must wear a lounge suit or tailored jacket, shirt, and tie.
Tennis is actually really entertaining. The fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon was 144 MPH.
Ivo Karlović with a 232 km/h (144 mph) second serve in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, holds the record for the fastest second serve ever recorded.
We have a two-week reason to drink Pimms and pretend to be posh!
Here’s the recipe for the perfect traditional Pimm’s
Take a jug (for several cups) or a glass and add as much ice as you like.
Pour one part Pimm’s No. 1 with three parts of carbonated lemonade over the ice.
Add mint leaves, slices of cucumber, orange slices and strawberries and serve.
An excuse to eat strawberries and cream!
This year it is estimated that 28,000 kg (140,000 servings) of English strawberries and 10,000 litres of dairy cream will be eaten.
For more fun facts and figures head to http://www.wimbledon.com