Wimbledon: 10 most important old-fine traditions and things to know



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Wimbledon: 10 most important old-fine traditions and things to know

Wimbledon is the most famous, important and glamorous tournament in the world. In the London's most famous fortnight is condensed the essence of tennis. The most important champions of our sport have competed at Wimbledon.

It is the only Slam to be played on grass, and it is certainly intimately linked to the birth of tennis itself.
Secular traditions and curiosities are an integral part of the Championships. Here are the 10 most importants. The origins of the myth.

Wimbledon's origins are intimately linked to the origins of tennis. The All England Lawn Croquet Club, founded in 1868 chaneg its name to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, when the interes around the court was so great.

The first tournament was played in 1877, and brought together 22 participants. Spencer Gore was the first winner, as well as one of the inventors of the volée. The most winning players. Roger Federer in the men's singles (8), Martina Navratilova in the women's singles (9), Todd Woodbridge in the men's doubles (9), Elizabeth Ryan in the women's doubles (12), Ken Fletcher, Vic Seixas and Owen Davidson among men in mixed doubles (4), Elizabeth Ryan among women in mixed doubles (7), William Renshaw in total among men (14), Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova in total among women (20).

The tournament's colours. For traditions, the colours of Wimbledon are three: green, purple and white. You can see them in the logo, in the flowers that cover the All England Club and in the gadgets. Rufus the Hawk. During the tournament, a falcon named Rufus flies over the lawns at nine o'clock in the morning for over an hour before the gates are opened, to ward off the pigeons, which could distract the players.

Dress code. Players MUST wear white game outfits, however small hints of other colours are possible. There are no concerns for even the greatest champions. Do you remember Federer who was reprimanded for the colours of the soles of his shoes? The trophies.

The winner of the men's single receives a trophy in golden silver. The trophy of the women's singles is a silver tray also called Rosewater Dish. Since 2007 the prize money is the same both for men and women. The handles Miss and Mrs.

Women players are always appealed with Miss or Mrs during the match. Men instead are called only with the surname. The Middle Sunday. The tournament starts every year six weeks before the first Monday of August, and it lasts two weeks.

Traditionally it is not played in the Middle Sunday, unless it always rains in the previous days. All the matches of the singles fourth rounds, doubles, and mixed doubles are then played in the Manic Monday, at the beginning of the second week.

The Queue. History is here. If you want to enter the Championships without a ticket, then you better queue-up! The queue, has become legendary at Wimbledon, with fans organizing night stands, in order to enter the following morning.

Strawberries & Cream and Pimm's. The Wimbledon myth condenses here, in a cup of strawberries & cream. Legend (or one of the many) says that the early days of the tournament, when the expensive plow to mow the grass was broken, to replace it, the organizers decided to offer the crowd cups of strawberries and cream for a fee.

Another legend says that, during the inaugural edition, one of the Telegraph correspondents noted in his notebook these words: "shortly before the start of the final, the refreshments pavilion had completely emptied ...

for strawberries and cream!" No matter how, but to this day, strawberries & cream are the real evergreen of the Championships. Obviously accompanied by a good glass of Pimm's! Source: YouTube