Weird and Wonderful Wimbledon Facts

By admin June 26, 2015

It’s almost that time of year again and Wimbledon is just around the corner, are you excited? Ever wondered how many glasses of Pimms are consumed at Wimbledon? What about the amount of bananas the players eat? This year, we’ve decided to look at another side of the world’s favourite tennis tournament. We have come up with some weird and wonderful Wimbledon facts for you!

An aerial view of the courts at Wimbledon.

Equal Pay

Women only recently started getting paid the same as their male counterparts, after equal pay was introduced in 2007. To put that in perspective, Roger Federer earned £655,000 for winning the 2006 title, while Amelie Mauresmo only took home £625,000. The 2015 Wimbledon singles champions will win £1.88 million, an increase of £120,000 on last year.

Youngest Player

The youngest ever player at Wimbledon was 13 year old Austrian Mita Klima, in 1907. In 1887 Charlotte Dod became the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon singles event at the age of 15. Martina Hingis was also 15 when she became the youngest Wimbledon doubles champion in 1996.

War Interruptions

World War One and World War Two were to blame for the tournament’s interruptions between 1915 – 18 and 1940 – 45.

Do you have any Wimbledon facts you could share with us that we didn't know?

White Balls

The yellow balls that we’ve come to associate with the sport were actually white until 1986, but umpires struggled to see them. On average, 54,250 balls are used during the tournament, and 250 ball boys and ball girls are employed.

Food for Thought

Each year 207,000 meals are served, 100,000 pints of draught beer and lager are poured and 230,000 glasses of Pimm’s are gulped down. The players eat around 15,000 bananas, 142,000 portions of English strawberries are consumed and 28,000 bottles of Lanson Champagne (official supplier – Wimbledon do not accept sponsors) are drunk.

What Wimbledon facts do you know about champion Novak Djokovic?

Want to know more? Read our previous posts or have a look at our Wimbledon Day Tour with Lunch.

Images: RLD, Creative Commons and SouthEasternStar via Flickr.

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