What makes Wimbledon so unique?
Every July, a quaint South West London district becomes the home of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, The Championships, Wimbledon. The iconic All England Lawn Tennis Club is renowned for the perfectly kept grounds, the glamorous atmosphere and of course, the competitive and unpredictable tennis on offer.
This year saw Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber crowned champions in a thrilling tournament that saw surprises, comebacks and memorable fifth set showdowns.
Following two years of struggles with fitness and confidence, Djokovic put it all behind him as he beat Kevin Anderson to pick up his fourth Wimbledon title, and made history with his 13th Grand Slam win.
Kerber, the 11th seed, was out to right her wrongs and claim her first Wimbledon victory as she came head to head with Serena Williams in the final, two years after she was beaten by the record-breaking former world number one in the 2016 final. Williams’ form was impressive as she returned to the pinnacle of tennis just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Olympia. But it just wasn’t to be, with Kerber dominating the final winning 6-3 6-3 and becoming the first German player to win at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996.
Steeped in history and offering compelling viewing as the world’s greatest tennis players battle for the iconic title, Wimbledon is unparalleled in its quintessentially British qualities.
Strawberries and cream and a glass of Pimms are a staple part of the two week event, with the who’s who of the celebrity world sitting among the crowds cheering on the players.
Attention to detail is an established part of the Wimbledon heritage, but how much detail really does go into putting on the iconic tennis tournament? We’ve taken a look at some of the unique, quirky and quite impressive facts that make Wimbledon the success it is…
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