The tennis tournament of Wimbledon has just ended, seeing this year the victory of Serena Williams (for the sixth time) for women and Novak Djokovic (for the third time) for men. They respectively defeated Garbine Muruguza and Roger Federer, confirming the supremacy of the big players on the court. Winning is quite interesting, as on top of the coveted trophies, winners have also received £ 1,880,000 in prize money.
Located in the suburbs of London, the All England Club of Wimbledon has organized its first Championships in 1877. At the time, the Gentleman’s Single as the only event. Today, The Championships, Wimbledon, is part of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, along with Roland Garros in France, the Australian Open and the US Open. Since 1988, when the Australian Open adopted hard court as its playing surface, Wimbledon is also the only major tournament being played on grass.
Every year, the contest is held over two weeks in late June – early July, with the culminating point being the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s finals, taking place respectively on the second Saturday and Sunday of the competition. Of all the major tournaments, Wimbledon is probably the one carrying the most traditions. Players are bound to play dressed in white, spectators eat strawberries and cream in the benches, and the competition is placed under Royal patronage. As a consequence, members of the Royal family attend to the event every year – mainly the finals. If His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, or Her Majesty the Queen are present, players are still required to bow to them.
For visitors, getting tickets to go see the Championships has become a bit complicated, in an effort to make the attribution of seats fair to everyone and ensure a rolling of the people coming. Since 1924, the majority of center and show courts tickets are made available through a public ballot held early in the year by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Successful applicants are selected at random by a computer, and current trends suggest that there is an average of four applicants to every ballot ticket. However, if you have been unlucky, you can still come to the grounds and queue to get a tickets for the show courts up to the day of the quarter finals. This is another interesting Wimbledon tradition, as many fans do not hesitate to camp in front of the gates to get their precious paper!
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