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10 FACTS ABOUT WIMBLEDON

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, with the first Championship taking place in 1877!

The lush green grass is always cut to an exact height of 8mm during the Championships.

The all-white dress code dates back to the Victorian Era where women started wearing whites so sweat patches wouldn't show through. In 2013, Roger Federer was asked to change his shoes because they had orange soles!

The strawberries at Wimbledon are picked out the same day at 4:00 am on the dot. 166055 portions of strawberries and cream were served at Wimbledon 2018!

Wimbledon is the only tournament to schedule no matches on the 'Middle Sunday' at the end of the first week to give the courts a resting period.

Wimbledon ended the tradition of players bowing in front of the Royal Box in 2003 but the rule still applies if Queen Elizabeth II or the Prince of Wales are in attendance.

ESPN was allowed official coverage of Wimbledon in the USA in 2013, and the trophies traveled all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to New York to mark this special occasion. This was the first time the trophies have ever left the grounds in the history of the Championship!

The champions don't get to take the Challenge Cup (Men's Singles Trophy) and the Venus Rosewater Dish (Ladies' Singles Trophy) home, but they are given a ¾ size replica of the trophies to take back with them!

About 8 litres per second of fresh air need to be pumped into the Centre Court to manage the environment!

The longest match ever played at Wimbledon lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes! The 2010 match was played over the course of three days and finally ended when John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut.

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