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    WHAT IS WIMBLEDON?

    The Championships, Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and is the only major still played on grass. It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and widely regarded as the most prestigious. If you’re going this year, here’s an etiquette guide to all things Wimbledon.

     

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    WHAT TO WEAR TO WIMBLEDON

    The all-white dress code for players is infamously strict, but what about spectators? Torn jeans, running vests, dirty trainers and sports shorts are banned for Debenture ticket holders and some hospitality areas prohibit jeans and trainers. The dress code is also stricter within the Member’s Enclosure where men must wear a lounge suit or tailored jacket, shirt, and tie. Thankfully, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-twenties during this year's tournament, tailored shorts are permitted. Women should avoid anything too tight or short. Simple, classic looks are encouraged.

    Generally, the style is smart casual with plenty of white outfits inspired by the players.

     

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    THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON

    If it’s your first time at the tennis tournament, it’s good to go armed with some knowledge of the event:

    • The first Championships took place in 1877
    • Yellow balls were used for the first time in 1986
    • In the beginning, anyone who paid the entry fee of one guinea could take part
    • A total of 256 men and women compete in the singles competitions
    • There are a number of wild cards allocated for each tournament and in 2001, Goran Ivanisevic became the only person to win the men's singles title as a wildcard

     

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    WIMBLEDON FOOD AND DRINK

    Wimbledon is not just a celebration of tennis, it is also a celebration of great food and drink. It is the single largest annual sporting catering operation carried out in Europe with a range of eating and drinking options that reflect the history and heritage of the event. There are plenty of options on offer, ranging from gourmet sandwiches and homemade salads, to seasonal dishes prepared by chefs.

    You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to Wimbledon, though hard-sided containers and items, such as hampers, cool boxes, flasks and camping chairs are not allowed. Champagne and other alcoholic beverages are allowed, although they are limited to one bottle or two cans per person.

     

      Wimbledon serves on average:

    • 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s
    • 234,000 meals
    • 230,000 bottles of water
    • 110,000 pints of draught beer and lager
    • 86,000 ice creams
    • 76,000 sandwiches
    • 35,000 litres of milk
    • 30,000 pizzas
    • 29,000 bottles of champagne
    • 34,000 kg (166,000 servings) of English strawberries
    • 10,000 litres of dairy cream
    • 110,000 scones
    • 17,000 portions of fish and chips
    • 2,200 afternoon tea hampers
    • 2,200kg of bananas

     

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    WIMBLEDON FACTS

    • The total attendance in 2017 was 473,372
    • The most Aces of all time goes to Goran Ivanisevic: 212 in 2001 and Serena Williams: 102 in 2012
    • Global news access audience is estimated at over 1bn people in 200 territories
    • The most popular match was Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller’s 66 game epic with 1.4m requests
    • There are 14,979 centre court seats
    • 290 million is the number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court
    • The fastest serve of all time went to Taylor Dent at 148mph in 2010 and Venus Williams at 129mph in 2008
    • The longest match was 11 hours and 5 minutes
    • There is a trained hawk named Rufus who scares away other birds that might interrupt a match

     

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    WHEN IS WIMBLEDON AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

    Wimbledon 2018 runs from 2nd July – 15th July

    All visitors are strongly advised to use public transport services wherever possible.

    The nearest tube stations are Southfields and Wimbledon. A shuttle bus service operates from Wimbledon to the Grounds.

    London General also operates a bus service direct from St Pancras, Euston, Baker Street, Marble Arch and Victoria to The Championships, departing every 30 minutes.

    Trams run every five minutes from East Croydon station to Wimbledon station during the day. This service takes around 26 minutes.

     

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    HOTELS NEAR WIMBLEDON

     

    See you at the tennis.