Wimbledon – The Championships
As July nears each year, our attention turns to a small part of England. The eyes of the world are focused on a place where history meets the present, where the elite of the world’s tennis community gather for a highlight of the sporting calendar. We call this event: Wimbledon – The Championships. Are we, though, aware of it’s history?
Wimbledon – The Championships: History
How did this yearly highlight begin? Humble beginnings were sown on 23 July 1868 when the ‘All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’ was formed. The first location of this club was at Nursery Road, off Worple Road, Wimbledon.
At this point, there was no real game known as tennis. In fact, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was originally devised just as ‘The All England Croquet Club’. However, just a few years after the club was formed, the game of tennis began it’s humble beginnings, in the early to mid 1870’s, Then, in 1876, the game of ‘Sphairistikè’, as it was then known, was added to the activities of the club. It’s impression as an activity must have been quite popular since the name of the club was changed to include tennis as shown above.
Events started moving quickly, it’s momentum was certainly gaining traction, and the first Wimbledon Championships were held on 9 July 1877. The times being as they were, meant that the first championships were only a gentlemen’s singles event, which was won by Spencer Gore. Although the competition that faced Gore was only a sum total of 22, another seed of today’s competition can be seen in that 200 people paid a shilling each to watch the final. However, the name centre court was also introduced at this time, why?
The lawns of the court were set so that the principal court was in the centre, with the others placed around it. The obvious geographical location was the reason that it became known as ‘Centre Court’. A move for the club occurred in 1922 to Church Road, but this led to a problem, the Centre Court was no longer in the centre. How would this issue be resolved?
Many years after the move that had occurred in 1922, 1980, in fact, four more courts were added on the north side of the grounds, which allowed the title ‘Centre Court’ to, once again, be an accurate description of the court.
The exclusively male aspect of the event didn’t last long after the inception of the Wimbledon, in fact, in 1884, Women’s singles and Men’s doubles were added to the intinery. Further progress was made in 1913 when Ladie’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles were also added. Clearly, as we can see, brick by brick, the building(figurative) that are Wimbledon, The Championships, was built.
Wimbledon – The Championships: Today
What is Wimbledon like today? Clearly, it is a far cry from it’s humble beginnings. To visit Wimbledon, look at this YouTube video:
Wimbledon – The Championships: How To Visit?
To park for the Wimbledon Championships, visit: theaa.com
Prices for tickets start at 60 pounds(for centre court) on 2 July 2018, up to 210 pounds(for centre court) on Sunday 15 July. Other courts are less expensive, and admission to the grounds starts at 25 pounds at the beginning of the tournament and tails off to 8 pounds for the final day.
To illustrate just how popular this annual event is, consider some facts from the 2017 event. During that time, 34,000kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream were consumed! Were those attending, having a great time? ABSOLUTELY!! When visiting London, Wimbledon is a fairly expensive but great day out. Try to get there, it would be a time that we at window cleaning Perth would never forget!