Wimbledon, kingdom of traditions and temple of history

The British Major still keeps some centuries-old traditions intact

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Wimbledon, kingdom of traditions and temple of history
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Wimbledon cannot be considered a simple tennis club and an ordinary sports facility. Wimbledon is a temple, a kingdom of centuries-old traditions still intact today, which have marked the history of tennis and which resist, like an indissoluble thread that binds tennis from its dawn to today.

To eat a cup of strawberries & cream (with a glass of Pimm's!) is one of the most iconic tradition, during the Championships. Legend says that in the early days of the Wimbledon 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!"

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2021 was the last season in which Middle Sunday will be played, which will be no more from this edition. A centuries-old tradition that falls, but there are many others that resist, despite the passage of time. So, we also said goodbye to the Manic Monday. 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. Gentlemen are called only with the surname, but sometimes they can be called with the title, Mr. 

Farewell to the plastic within which the newly-strung rackets are wrapped. There will also be qualified personnel around the courts to inform the crowd about proper waste disposal. In addition, the organizers will offer 100% recyclable products, such as water bottles.

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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. The queue has become a legend at Wimbledon, with fans which organizing nightstands, to enter the following morning.

Players must wear white outfits, however small hints of other colors are possible today. There are no concerns for even the greatest champions.

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