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The History of Wimbledon

The history of Wimbledon is a rich one, and it is one of the four Majors. It is also the most prestigious of the Majors, and it is formally referred to as The Championships, Wimbledon. The first Wimbledon was back in 1887, and it takes its name from its location of Wimbledon, which is a suburb of London. The tournament is played at the All England Club, is the only major played on grass courts, and takes place from the end of June to mid-July.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is the full name of where Wimbledon takes place, and it was established in 1868. In 1875, they added lawn tennis to the activities and at this time held the Lawn Tennis Championship which is now known as the Wimbledon Championship. In the first tournament, rules were laid out for the event, and it was held at Worple Road in Wimbledon. The rules of the tournament have not changed much, but some that have included the height of the net, and the distance from the service line to the net.

First Wimbledon Tournament


For the first Wimbledon tournament, there was only the Gentlemen’s singles with Spencer Gore being the first champion. The ticket to the inaugural even was a shilling, and 200 people were in attendance for the finals. The main court at Wimbledon is referred to a Centre Court since it is in the centre of the All England Club. In the first Wimbledon, there were 22 players competing for the title and these days there are 128 in both the men’s and women’s singles.
In 1884 ladies’ singles and men’s doubles were added to the tournament and in 1934 the ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles were added. One of the main rule changes to the tournament occurred in 1922, as previous to that year the defending champion automatically made it to the finals where they would face the challenger, who had advanced through the draw. This is why early on in the tournament’s history there are many that won consecutive titles. After 1922 byes into the finals for the defending champion was eliminated and that champion was in the main draw just like every other player.

Wimbledon: The Biggest Sporting Event in Britain


Wimbledon is not only the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world but one of the biggest sporting events in Britain. The British had a long drought for the Men’s title, as no British person had won the event since 1936 until Andy Murray won in 2013. No British woman has won the tournament since Virginia Wade won in 1977.
British Royalty attends the tournament every year, and they have their own Royal Box at Centre Court. One of the things Wimbledon is well known for is the strawberries and cream served at the tournament and in 2017 34,000 kg of strawberries, and 10,000 litres of cream were served. As of 2018, Roger Federer holds the record for the most men’s singles titles with eight and Martina Navratilova holds the record for the most women’s singles titles with nine.

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The Most Popular Tennis Events of 2018

Tennis aficionados can gear up for a busy 2018 since there are several events that are scheduled to take place around the world according to ATP World Tour elites. These events will be held in several different venues across the globe, and therefore you can choose which one to attend depending on interest and location in which you are. Here are the major events we will see in 2018.

2018 Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha

The lovers of tennis will open the year with this big event going down in Doha Qatar. The event has previously been worn by the big names you have heard in 2017 and past years including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic. In 2018, Novak Djokovic will be the defending champion having won back to back in 2016 and also in 2017.  The total financial commitment that has been made for the 2018 Qatar ATP tour is $1,386,665, and the winner will take home $ 1,286,675. All the matches will be on the hard surface. The date to save will be 6th January 2018. Therefore, turn up and cheer your biggest fan as the giants in world tennis face off each other.

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam Netherlands

Netherlands will for the third time in the history of ABN AMRO WTT host the event. The country has the honour of being the first host of the event when it was first started in 1974. The second time they hosted the event was in 1995, and this 2018 will be the third time they host the faceoffs. This is a trophy that has been worn by Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt. The main draw has not been held yet and is due to be held on 12-18th of February 2018.

The Miami Open Presented by Itau to be Held in Miami Florida

This will be held on March 21-April 01-2018, and the total financial commitment is $8,909,960 with the winner taking home $7,972,535. It will be hard surface as it has always been and will feature top men and women. This event has always attracted thousands of fans and players from the world, and it has always the place to be. The defending champion is Roger Federer who accomplished the Sunshine Double in Miami in 2017.

Mutua Madrid Open in Spain

This is the biggest clay surface event that will take place on May 6th, 2018. For those who don’t know, this was a hard surface event until 2009 when it was transitioned to a clay surface event staged by Caja Magica. Since the event was unveiled in 2002, the Spaniards have won the event five times with the last time being when Rafael Nadal lifted the trophy in 2014. This is an event that attracts even the real Madrid footballers, and the biggest fan is Cristiano Ronaldo, the striker. The total commitment for the 2018 edition is€7,190,930 and price will be €6,200, 860.

These are some of the big tennis events to look forward to in 2018. Enjoy the matches.

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