Wimbledon: the last place of old traditions



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Wimbledon: the last place of old traditions

After two years of absence, Wimbledon, the most famous tennis tournament in the world is back, on the lawns of the All England Club, in London. Last year, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was forced to be canceled, also thanks to the insurance guarantees stipulated in 2003, which allowed the Church Road board not to lose economically as happened to the other Majors.

This year will be the last season in which Middle Sunday will be played, which will be no more from next year. A centuries-old tradition that falls, but there are many others that resist, despite the passage of time. All the matches of the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles of the fourth round are then played in the Manic Monday, at the beginning of the second week.

Players are always appealed with Miss or Mrs during the matches. Men instead are called only with the surname, but sometimes they can be called with the title, Mr. The colors of Wimbledon are green, purple and white. You can see them in the logo of the tournament, in the flowers that cover the All England Club and in the gadgets which are sold in the museum shop.

Wimbledon: a world of centuries-old traditions

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.

Since the origins of the tournament's players must wear white outfits, however small hints of other colors are possible today. There are no concerns for even the greatest champions. Do you remember Federer when did he have to change his shoes because they had a colored sole? If you are an early riser, you have free time and you want to enter through the Championships gate without a ticket, then you better queue-up!

The queue has become a legend at Wimbledon, with fans which organizing nightstands, to enter the following morning. A cup of strawberries & cream, and what else? Legend says that in the early days of the tournament, to replace the broken and expensive plow to mow the grass, 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!" Strawberries & cream are probably the most famous tradition of the Championships. Of course, with a glass of Pimm's!