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Wimbledon Facts

Wimbledon Facts

  1. The Wimbledon championship uses about 53,000 balls, renewed after every nine games.
  2. It is the largest annual sporting event in Europe, with about 6000 staff members, including 1800 for food and drinks.
  3. Many thousand litres of fresh air is pumped into the Centre Court every minute.
  4. The fastest serve happened in 2010 by Taylor Dent(148 mph).
  5. For the women's championship, the speediest one was from Venus Williams in 2008(129mph).
  6. About 700 security guards are deployed in the event.

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  1. A trained Harris hawk is deployed to keep the court pigeon free.
  2. Highest quality strawberries arrive daily at the Centre court, with over 8600 punnets consumed each day.
  3. Since 1922, rain has not interrupted the tournament only seven times.
  4. A rain-proof roof has been installed since 2009.
  5. Wimbledon is broadcast in 200 territories and has an audience of over one billion people.
  6. Wimbledon players get paid heftily, even if they only make it to the first round.

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Men and Women with The Most Titles

Men's:

  1. William Renshaw - 7 singles, 5 doubles
  2. Laurence Doherty - 5 singles, 7 doubles
  3. Reginald Doherty - 4 singles, 7 doubles
  4. John McEnroe - 3 singles, 5 doubles
  5. Roger Federer - 8 singles
  6. Pete Sampras - 7 singles
  7. Rod Laver - 4 singles, 1 doubles, 2 mixed doubles

Women's:

  1. Billie Jean King - 6 singles, 10 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
  2. Martina Navratilova - 9 singles, 7 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
  3. Elizabeth Ryan - 12 doubles, 7 mixed doubles
  4. Suzanne Lenglen - 6 singles, 6 doubles, 3 mixed doubles
  5. Serena Williams - 7 singles, 6 doubles, 1 mixed doubles

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The origin of tennis

The origin of tennis was believed to have come from Northern France around the 12th century, the game was called jeu de paume, which was initially played using the palms of our hands and the use of rackets were added around the 16th century.

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Games with racquets hitting balls have been going on since the Neolithic times. Ruins in Mesoamerica show signs of ball games played in various cultures thousands of years ago.

Greeks, Romans and Egyptians have played games resembling modern tennis.

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