Wimbledon is referred as the world’s oldest tennis championship. This tennis tournament is considered to be highly prestigious. Since 1877, All England Club of Wimbledon, London has been the host of this prestigious tournament. Wimbledon belongs to four of the Grand Slam tennis championships. Others are the US Open, French Open and Australian Open. The hard court shift of Australian Open in 1988 made Wimbledon still the only one to be majorly played on grass.
The tournament is usually taking place two weeks late in June and early in July. The Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Singles Final is always respectively scheduled on the second Saturday and second Sunday. There are five invitational, junior and major events that are held every year. As part of the Wimbledon tradition, there is an existing dress code for competitors that need to be strictly followed, there is the eating of cream and strawberries by spectators and a Royal Patronage.
Wimbledon tournament is prominent because of the absence of sponsoring advertisements around its courts. The Centre Court of Wimbledon was tailored with retractable roofs to reduce losing playing time because of rain. The schedule for the Wimbledon Championships this 2016 will begin on the 27th of June up to the 10th of July on the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Wimbledon has five major events. Five for the junior events and five for the invitational events.
Five Major Events
- Ladies’ Singles (128 Players)
- Gentlemen’s Singles (128 Players)
- Ladies’ Doubles (64 Players)
- Gentlemen’s Doubles (64 Players)
- Mixed Doubles (48 Players)
*There is no mixed doubles held in this event.
- Girls’ Singles (64 Players)
- Boys’ Singles (64 Players)
- Girls’ Doubles (32 Players)
- Boys’ Doubles (32 Players)
- Disabled Doubles (12 Players)
*Single draws were added for wheelchair events this 2016.
- Ladies’ Invitation Doubles (Round Robin, 8 Pairs)
- Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles (Round Robin, 4 Pairs)
- Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles (Round Robin, 8 Pairs)
- Senior Gentlemen’s Doubles (Round Robin, 8 Pairs)
- Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles (Round Robin, 4 Pairs)
The matches that are done in the Gentlemen’s Doubles and Gentlemen’s Singles are all in five best sets and other events are in three best sets. A game tiebreaker is played when the scores reach 6-6 in any of the sets except on the fifth of a match set to five and on the third of a match set to three.
- Ball Girls and Ball Boys
In Wimbledon championship games, the ball girls and boys (BBGs) are known to play a very crucial role for the tournament’s smooth run. There is a rule that they should never be seen. They are tasked to blend with the background and do their jobs quietly. BBGs started to work in six teams in 2005. The net has two and the corners have four. They are rotating around the court for an hour and an hour off court for every day’s play.
- Uniforms and Colors
The tradition colors of Wimbledon is purple and dark green. But all players participating in the tennis championship are required to be wearing an all-white ensemble as part of the long-time Wimbledon tradition. The wearing of white with some color accents is acceptable as long as the scheme of it is not to be identified as a commercial logo.
Green clothing is for the chair umpire, BBGs and linesmen in 2005 championships but in the start of 2006 championships, the officials and BBGs dressed in navy blue and a Ralph Lauren uniforms in cream color. That was a historic mark of the Championships that a company designed the Wimbledon clothing for the first time.
Guidelines to White Clothing
- Solid mass of coloring is not allowed
- No bold or dark colors
- Fluorescent colors not allowed
- Pastel colors are preferred
- Back of shirts preferred to be all white
- Skirts and shorts are preferred to be all white
- Predominance of white to all clothing items
It is part of the Wimbledon tradition that the competition for women’s and men’s be referred as “Ladies’” and “Gentlemen’s” and the junior tournaments be referred as “Girls’” and “Boys’” competitions. The players were all referred by their first names and last names on scoreboards in 2009.
In previous championships, players curtsied and bowed to the Royal Family who were in the Royal Box seating before the leave the Centre Court. However, Duke Kent, All England Club’s President discontinued this tradition. Now, the players are only required to curtsy and bow if The Queen or The Prince of Wales is present.
Since 1942, show court and Centre court tickets are being sold to the public in general. This is made possible by the All England Lawn Tennis Club through a public ballot as the year starts. Ballots are always oversubscribed substantially but there are successful applicants who are randomly selected via computer. Figures in 2011 agreed that there should be four applicants on each ballot ticket.
Applications must be posted prior to the championship preferably mid-December. To access show courts, the fans usually have long queues overnight. Fans are coming from all parts of the world and this is what they call the Wimbledon experience without vagrancy.
Wimbledon’s sponsorship is well-known to be the longest-running in the history of sports because of its collaboration with Slazenger. Slazenger is their supplier of tennis balls during championships ever since 1902 and on 1935, Wimbledon associated a sponsorship with Robinsons which is a brand of fruit drink.