The Wimbledon Championships Bring Start of Summer
With July just around the corner, the weekend brought us the longest day of the year and today marks the beginning of the Wimbledon Championships. Despite the current British weather being anything but sunshine, for some, Wimbledon marks the official start of the Summer... and it is finally here.
This year, Wimbledon 2013 is taking place on June 24th-July 7th but did you know that:
- Wimbledon dates back to 1877, with the first match being played at the All England Club, Wimbledon, London.
- Prize money wasn't awarded until 1968 - £26,150. The total prize money for 2013 is £22,560,000 - a staggering increase of £22,533,850!
- 40,000 tennis balls are used during the Wimbledon season. Each one is individually tested for size, weight and compression and then stored at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 200 people are employed to test the balls and collect those that are hit outside of the court during matches. The average age is just 16 - Imagine having that as a job!
- The Wimbledon turf is heavily maintained! One ton of grass seed is used each year; each day it receives 3,000 gallons of water and is cut to 8mm - no more, no less!
- Serena Williams holds the record for the longest number of consecutive matches won at a total of 31.
- More than 28,000 kilos of strawberries drizzled with 7,000 litres of cream are consumed during the Wimbledon season. Each strawberry is sourced from Kent farmers; picked the night before and delivered within the early hours of the morning.
- The yellow tennis balls used to be white. The colour was changed simply because the Umpire had difficulty seeing them
- Wimbledon's resident hawk, Rufus, flies around the grounds for one hour before the venue is opened to the public.
If you're planning to travel for Wimbledon this year, don't forget the importance of investing in quality travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
Enjoy the Summer!