Wimbledon is an iconic institution of British sport, where the very best tennis players assemble each year to win one of, if not the sport's highest honour. With qualifying underway and the main draw starting on July 3rd, there isn't long now until the tournament starts. There are many aspects which make Wimbledon one of the most unique spaces in British sports, we thought we'd take a look at some of the competition's highlights.
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You may be familiar with the Wimbledon tradition of strawberries and cream, a tournament staple for the spectators to enjoy (and the players enjoy some bites too). It is estimated that around 7000 litres of cream and 28,000 kilos of strawberries are consumed each year. There's also the fact that all players are expected to wear white too, which probably helps them to keep cool but can't help with sweat patches.
The atmosphere at Wimbledon is known to be incredible, the placement usually sees fantastic weather and playing conditions and the grounds are kept in immaculate condition. People often view the action from the grounds, sitting upon the hills with picnics and plenty of drinks to take everything in.
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One of the most memorable rivalries of the most recent era of tennis has been Nadal and Federer, who have played against each other four times at Wimbledon with Federer holding the better of the head-to-head record at the tournament. However, it was Nadal who emerged victorious in their most famous encounter in the 2008 final where, having been beaten in the final the year previously by Federer, Nadal got the edge in a fierce battle.
Other memorable duels to grace Wimbledon include Borg vs McEnroe, one of the greatest matches of all time, Graf vs Novotna and Ivanisevic vs Henman.
Over 125 years of history
The first Wimbledon was held in 1877 and it has always proudly been a grass court tournament, the fastest playing surface. Growing from the confines of the lawn and tennis club to becoming recognised on the world stage, it took huge steps in 1967 when it became the first tournament to be televised in colour.
Its popularity has only increased since then and the greatest names in the sport have all graced the tournament and the famed centre court.
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