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Wimbledon fun facts

Kachi Wachuku in News 15 Jun 2018
  • Some fun facts and figures about The Championships, Wimbledon
  • Wimbledon 2018 is live at the All England Club from 2-15 July

Venus Williams. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Wimbledon is almost here, and in anticipation of the world's oldest tennis tournament, we take a look at some of the fun facts ahead of the third major of the season.


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Matches:

54,250 - The amount of balls that are used during the Championship period

473,372 - Total attendance across 13 days of the 2017 tournament 

11 hours, 5 minutes - The duration of the longest ever Wimbledon match (Isner v Mahut 2010)

123 - The record number of balls used during aforementioned match (John Isner def Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68)  

674 - The total number of matches over the fortnight of the Grand Slam

790 - The total number of players in 2018, including the qualifying rounds

212 - The all-time men’s record of the total number of aces from one player at Wimbledon in one year (Goran Ivanisevic, 2001)

102 - The all-time women’s record of the total number of aces from one player at Wimbledon in one year (Serena Williams, 2012)

131 - The 2017 men’s record for most aces (Sam Querrey, Semi-finalist)

35 - The 2017 women’s record for most aces (Johanna Konta, Semi-finalist)

Organisation:

250 - The number of ball kids, chosen from around 750 entries

360 - The total number of Chair umpires, lines men and women

1986 - The first year that yellow balls were used. Prior to that Wimbledon used white balls

40 miles - The average amount of string that is used by the official tournament stringers 

15,000 - The maximum seat capacity on Centre Court

40 - The total number of courts in 2018, including 18 Championships grass courts (Centre + No.s 1-18, less 13) plus 20 grass practice courts in Aorangi Park and at Southlands College.

39,000 - The amount of spectators in the grounds at any one time

484,391 - The total attendance across 13 days in 2015

50,000 - More than 50,000 plants supplied each year. Ivy on Centre Court is Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus Tricuspidaca Veitchii.


£34 million - The total prize money dedicated to Wimbledon 2018. This is an increase of 7.6% from 2017.

£2.25 million - The prize money that will be given to the men and women singles winners

£1.125 million - The prize money that will be given to the men and women singles runners-up.

£39,000 - The prize money that first-round losers receive

2007 - The year the women’s champion started to receive the same amount of prize money that the men’s champion received 

Catering:

330,000 cups of tea and coffee
230,000 bottles of water
234,000 meals served
320,000 glasses of Pimm's
76,000 sandwiches 
110,000 scones
110,000 pints of draught beer and lager
17,000 portions of fish and chips
35,000 litres of milk
34,000 kg (166,000 servings) of English strawberries
10,000 litres of dairy cream
30,000 pizzas
29,000 bottles of champagne

These facts have been sourced from the official Wimbledon website

Wimbledon 2018 will be played from 2 - 15 July and will be available to watch and bet on online – follow the latest news and watch live with livetennis.com.


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