Most tennis players probably have the dream of playing in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships even just once in their life. This event is oldest tennis even in the world and possibly the most famous. The first Wimbledon tournament was held in 1877, hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Wimbledon tournament is famously held on grass court, which actually inspired the name lawn tennis. The first Wimbledon tournament only included on event: Gentleman’s Singles. Unfortunately, women were not allowed to join the tournament at the time. Spencer William Gore emerged as the first Wimbledon championship title holder. A number of rules applied in the first Wimbledon championship are still applied to the modern version of tennis played today.
Women were first invited to participate in Wimbledon in 1884, the same year that men’s double competition was introduced. The tournament was in limbo for while during the First (1915–1918) and Second (1940–1945) World Wars. The site of the tournament was moved from Worple Road to the current Church Road Site. Then in 1967, the tournament was first broadcasted in color.
Cup trophies are awarded to the winners of Wimbledon. The cups were replaced in 1883 and 1886. Then, the All England Club announced that winners would start receiving replica cups, and originals would be on display in the Wimbledon museum.
Men who the singles game were initially given a silver gilt cup with an engraving saying, “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World. The cup was also engraved with previous winners since 1877. Then, in 2009, the cup was added with a black plinth with a silver band to accommodate more names.
On the other hand, women who won the tournament are given a sterling silver salver or the “Rosewater Dish.” Doubles game winners receive a single silver challenge cup.
Beforehand, only the trophies were awarded to Wimbledon tournament. Then in 1968, prize money also became part of the winnings of the players. Professional players also started joining the championship in the same year. Unfortunately, equal pay for men and women players in the tournament did not become possible until 2007.
From then until now, participants in the Wimbledon tournament were complete or almost all white clothing. There’s also the obligatory strawberries and cream, with 28,000 kg of English strawberries and 7000 L of cream being consumed annually.