Wimbledon Interesting Facts
Wimbledon, it is one of England’s most prestigious events. For Wimbledon fans their biggest worry is whether it will rain or not. Every year millions of people attend or tune into Wimbledon, whether you are a fan or not, a lot of work goes in to it each year to making sure it runs smoothly. Below are a few facts and figures that we thought may be interesting.
How many Ball Boys and Girls are there?
During Wimbledon there are around 250 Boys and Girls. In the run up they are put through a rigorous training routine.
How many people can Wimbledon take?
Wimbledon can fit into its grounds just over 38,000 spectators. With that comes the biggest catering operation in the whole of Europe, it takes 1,800 people to run the catering side of Wimbledon.
Why do all the tennis players wear white?
A white clothing rule was introduced in 1963, this rule was further amended in 1995 to an “Almost entirely in white” rule. Each player must submit their attire to the Club a few months in advanced for comments and feedback. Their attire must adhere to the following rules:
- No solid mass of colouring
- Little or no dark or bold colours
- No fluorescent colours
- Preference towards pastel colours
- Preference for back of shirt to be totally white
- Preference for shorts and skirts to be totally white
- All other items of clothing including hats, socks and shoes to be almost entirely white.
What is the fastest serve?
In 2012 Jo-Wilfried from France served at 140 mph, whilst Sabine Lisicki from Germany and Serena Williams from America served at 120 mph. The fastest serve of all time was by Taylor Dent also from America in 2012, he served at 148 mph.
The Grass and Flowers always look nice, why is that?
Every year over 50,000 plants are planted in time for opening. The grass is kept looking lush by a number of methods, one of which is by keeping the length of the grass on the championship courts to 8 millimetres high. The grass is 100% Rye, this was swapped over in September 2000 because it is better for wear and tear.
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