All you need to know about Wimbledon

As the famous tennis tournament gets underway, here at Carpetright we wanted to make sure you were in the know with all the facts you’ll ever need to impress your friends and family about this famous sporting event.Wimbledon tennis club

Did you know…?

The most amount of aces ever to be won in a game was back in 2001 by Croatian player Goran Ivanisevic who racked up a total of 212.

The longest match to have taken place during the tournament was in 2010, when John Isner and Nicholas Mahut played their Men’s single first round for a total of three days. They played for a total of 980 points over the 11hr 5min match, in which Isner eventually took victory after the lengthy final set.

Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering event in Europe, in which over 28,000 bottles of Champagne are consumed, alongside 142,000 portions of English strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream.

Lengthy facts

Over the course of the Championships, the racket stringing team re-string on average a total of 2,000 rackets, which totals up to 40 miles of string.

Vintage and new tennis racketThe grass is cut to 8mm tall, and is now composed of 100% rye grass after much trial and error over what worked best for the wear and tear of the sport.

54,250 balls are used throughout the two weeks, which are stored at 68’F. The decision to change to yellow balls was first put in to place in 1986.

Animal magic

Rufus the Harris Hawk visits the tennis club most weeks, but is used every morning for an hour before the gates open to fly around, as a method of deterring local pigeons from the area.

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Plus, if you enter the competition you could stand a chance of winning a tour for two around the infamous sporting ground, in which you will take in the infamous No.1 Court before getting a behind-the-scenes look at the ground including a visit to the Press Interview Room.

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