Sport

June 2014

Wimbledon

23.06.14 - 06.07.14
Wimbledon, London

This erstwhile garden-party tournament, which began in 1877, has grown to become one of the world's favourite sporting events.
The world's oldest major tennis championship, fought out for two weeks between late June and early July at south London's All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year and the only one still played on grass.

The most important matches are played on the main Centre Court. It hosts the semi-finals and finals of the main events (gentlemen's singles, ladies' singles, gentlemen's doubles, ladies' doubles and mixed doubles), plus many earlier round matches featuring top-seeded players.
In 2013 Wimbledon unveiled a revamped Centre Court, with a new retractable roof over the court (thus avoiding rain delays). The roof, which is translucent and allows natural light to reach the grass, takes at least 10 minutes to close.

In 2011, the 125th year of the Championship, a total of 28,000 kg of strawberries and 200,000 glasses of Pimms' were consumed over the fortnight, and 52,000 Slazenger balls were used during the tournament. The men's champion in 2012 was Roger Federer. A thrilling final, which saw Andy Murray go two sets up against Federer saw the former number one pip the Brit to the post. However, British tennis fans will be hoping Murray can capitalise on his Olympic and Open successes in 2012 and finally win that elusive Wimbledon title.

Most tickets for these courts are sold in advance via a public ballot, entry for which closes in December. However, Wimbledon is the only major Grand Slam where fans can queue for tickets for the same day's matches on Centre Court, No. 1 Court and No. 2 Court (overnight queuing is generally required to guarantee a ticket). There are six designated car parks, plus a park and ride shuttle-bus service from the A3.

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