Founded in 1877 The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The Championships take place at the All England Club in late June/ early July. Wimbledon is played on a grass surface which is how the game’s full name, ‘Lawn Tennis’ originated.
Wimbledon has always been considered the World’s premier grass court tennis tournament, and is one of the 4 majors or ‘grand slams’. It is the only grand slam still contested on the sports original surface as both the US and Australian Open switched to hard surfaces.
The Men’s Singles and Doubles are played over a best of 5 sets format and the ladies singles as well as the mixed and Ladies doubles are played over a best of 3 sets. The tournament is contested by the best players in the world and is often considered to be the most prestigious competition in tennis if not in sport.
Wimbledon is a tournament steeped in tradition, it is considered one of the quintessentially British summertime Events, combining the elegance of an English garden party with the excitement of a world class sporting event. There are many traditions associated with the Championships such as the strict dress code (competitors are requires to wear predominantly white attire), spectators are obliged to eat strawberries and cream and the event has royal patronage. The event also notable for the absence of sponsorship advertising around the courts.
Tennis at Wimbledon has been recently moving through a Golden era, in 1985 Boris Becker became the youngest ever winner of the tournament at just 17, eventually going on to win 3 Wimbledon titles. Pete Sampras dominated the 90’s eventually winning 7 Wimbledon title, twice ending the hopes of British fan favourite Tim Henman along the way. The 2000’s were then mainly controlled by Roger Federer who equalled Sampras’ 7 wins in 2012. Rafael Nadal’s rivalry with Federer is well known and he has also enjoyed success at Wimbledon with 2 wins and 3 final appearances. The latest exploits of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have ensured that the men’s game has never been more popular.
In the Ladies Game the event has largely been dominated by the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, who have taken on the mantle on from greats such as Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Serena Williams is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player in the history of the game.
In the doubles the Bryan Brothers continue their assault on the achievements of the ‘Woodies’ Mark Woodford and Todd Woodbridge with 3 wins between 2006-2013, the Aussie pairing of Woodford and Woodbridge won 7 titles between 1993-2000 with Woodbridge winning a further 3 titles with Jonas Bjorkman from 2002-2004.
With the depth of history and tradition at the Championships it is little wonder that corporate entertaining has seen such high demand for Wimbledon debentures and hospitality.