Heads up, tennis fans – it’s the Wimbledon Tennis Championship time! Starting on the first Monday of July, Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year. Taking place in London, Wimbledon becomes an epicentre of the tennis world for two weeks. Such attention comes with no surprise – the event has a long history being the oldest tennis tournament in the world, featuring the most professional players out there. And they all compete not only for fame and glory – Wimbledon is the competition offering the highest prize money and the most ranking points among the Grand Slams.
Not only Grand Slams are held in different locations around the world, they are also played on different surfaces. Wimbledon stands out as the greenest tournament, since the tennis players gather to demonstrate their expertise on a grass court. French Open is held on a clay court, while the remaining two – Australian Open and US Open take place on a hard surface.
In 2016, we saw Serena Williams as the champion of Women’s Singles and Andy Murray as Men’s Singles champion. Do not miss the chance to see if Andy Murray defends his title and who will take Serena’s crown! You can watch the Wimbledon matches on BBC iPlayer (UK) and ESPN Watch (U.S.). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
The dress code. The Wimbledon has one of the strictest dress codes competing players have to comply with. They must wear all white – not cream, not off-white, but pure white. The rule is imposed by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, where the tournament takes place. The origin of the dress code dates back to 1800s. Back then, the sight of sweat on clothing, even sportswear, was considered improper. To address this attitude, white was chosen as the most practical color to be worn by tennis players.
The dress code allows clothing to have colored trims. However, they must not be wider than 1 cm. The ‘all-white’ rule also applies to undergarments and shoes – they can’t have any large brand logos on them.
While the other tennis tournaments, like US Open, have ditched the dress code and welcomed all kinds of colors on the court, the Wimbledon has stuck to the strict rule. Players who do not adhere to the rule may be disqualified from the tournament.
The longest match. The Wimbledon holds the record for the longest tennis match. In Wimbledon 2010, the match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut lasted for 3 days. After 183 games of competing, John Isner finally won the match.
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