Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament
Wimbledon is one of the much awaited events for sports fans especially Tennis lovers. Wimbledon is one of the oldest tournaments in the history of sports. In addition, Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis Tournament is the most prestigious event for tennis fans.
Played at All England Club since 1877, Wimbledon championship is one of 4 Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments namely: French Open Grand Slam Tournament, US Open Grand Slam Tournament, Australian Open Grand Slam Tournament and Wimbledon itself.
Tennis lovers around the globe strive to attend this glorious event in person whereas those who can’t attend it; enjoy it from home.
- The Croquet Club was founded in 1868.
- Wimbledon first served in the year 1877.
- In 1877, first ever tournament was held at Croquet Club namely The Lawn Tennis Championship which was later named Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis Tournament.
- First Wimbledon tournament had only 200 spectators.
- The year 1987 was the last time a player used wooden racket at Wimbledon.
- Due to the chaotic World War I circumstances, Wimbledon was suspended from 1915 to 1918.
- In 1940, 1200 seats in the stadium were destroyed by bombing – one of many unpleasant World War II aftermaths. The court was fully restored in around 9 years.
- From 1940 to 1945, Wimbledon was suspended again during World War II.
- In 2007, for the first time, the amount of cash reward earned by female winners of the tournament equaled male winners.
- In 2013, Andy Murrray became the first British to win gentleman’s division at Wimbledon since 1936 by defeating Novak Djokovic.
- William Renshaw, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer set the record of winning most men single tournaments (7 wins each).
- Martina Navratilova set the record of winning most women single tournaments (9 wins).
- At Wimbledon, Willie Renshaw holds the record of winning Men Single Championship 6 times consecutively (From 1881 to 1986).
- In 2003, Martina Navratilova became the oldest winner of mixed doubles match (she was 46 years old).
- Mita Klima from Austria is the youngest player at Wimbledon. In 1907, she was 13 years old and played her first match at Wimbledon.
- In 1996, Martina Hingis became the youngest winner of women doubles championship (she was 15 years old).
- At Wimbledon, Martina Navratilova played most matches (326 to be accurate).
- John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut was the longest tennis match ever played. In 2011, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a tennis match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes to be exact.
Wimbledon – Interesting and Fun Facts
- Tim Henman was the first player to be disqualified from Wimbledon in 1995.
- As per the rules, all players need to wear white attire. Andre Agassi was the first player who refused to go by the dress code and remained absent from the game from 1988 to 1990.
- At first, they used white tennis balls at Wimbledon. As the umpires faced difficulty seeing the ball, yellow tennis balls were introduced in 1986.
- Among the 4 prestigious Grand Slam Tournaments, Wimbledon is the only tournament played on grass.
- At first, Wimbledon welcomed only 22 participants in the tournament and it used to be Gentlemen’s Single Championship.
- Gentlemen’s Double Championship and Ladies Single Championship were the titles later introduced at Wimbledon in 1884.
- Spencer Gore was the first Wimbledon gentlemen’s single winner.
- Maud Watson was the first Wimbledon ladies single winner.
- J.E. Renshaw and W.C. Renshaw were the first winners of Wimbledon gentlemen’s double.
- At Wimbledon, Mixed double championship and Ladies double championship were introduced in 1913.
- Winifred McNair and Dora Boothby were the first to win Ladies Double Championship at Wimbledon.
- Hope Crisp and Agnes Tuckey were the first to win Mixed Double Championship at Wimbledon.
BBC – Licensed Broadcaster for Wimbledon
Since 2011, BBC is the authorized broadcaster for Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament. So, those who are not attending the tournament in person can enjoy live match coverage on BBC iPlayer.
Watch Wimbledon on BBC iPlayer
You can enjoy Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament live on BBC iPlayer. However, there are a few restrictions you may encounter. BBC iPlayer offers geo-restricted streaming. This means that you will not be able to access BBC iPlayer if you live outside the UK or its corresponding localities.
The only way to evade such restrictions is to mask your real IP by using a VPN. By connecting a VPN on your device, you can not only access BBC iPlayer but other geo-restricted streaming platforms.