It’s that time of year again. Get out the strawberries and cream and take your seat on Centre Court because Wimbledon is about to begin again. From 29 June to 12 July, the best tennis pros in the world will converge on southwest London as they try to claim one of the titles up for grabs. And in case you’re coming to the capital to see the tennis elite in action, we’ve put together a handy Wimbledon Guide.
The inaugural tournament took place in 1877, with the first women’s event following in 1884. In the beginning, the tournament was exclusively for ‘amateur’ players – usually affluent people for whom tennis was just a hobby. Those who practiced the sport for their livelihood were denied entry up until 1968.
Wimbledon has been going for quite a while now and the trivia surrounding the tournament is plentiful. Here are a just few interesting titbits:
In 1920, a female player made the bold move of taking part sans corset – something that had never happened before at Wimbledon.
Some 54,250 tennis balls bounce across the court in Wimbledon during the tournament.
Spectators wolf down 28,000 kilograms of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream.
491,084 people watched the tournament at Wimbledon last year
Tickets for Wimbledon are dispensed by public ballot, ‘the Queue’ or Ticketmaster. The ballot is over, but fans can queue from 28 June to attempt to buy tickets for games that day. Get there as early as you can, as competition is likely to be fierce! Some people even camp out to secure their spot. If you don’t fancy queuing, check out Ticketmaster the day before you intend to go – the website will have some tickets for Centre Court and Court Number 3 for the next day. For advance notice, sign up for the Wimbledon newsletter. If you don’t get a ticket, head to Murray Mound, formerly known as Henman Hill, instead. It is a prime spot to watch tennis on the big screen.
Strand Palace Hotel is located in central London and is extremely well-connected to the rest of the city. It’s easy to reach Wimbledon using public transport. Hop on the Tube at nearby Embankment station and take the District line to Southfields – Wimbledon tennis grounds are just over 15 minutes’ walk from there. The journey should take about 55 minutes, door-to-door. There are also several other bus and train options that take around the same length of time departing from the vicinity of Strand Palace Hotel.
Need a hotel near Wimbledon? Opt for the relaxed but refined Strand Palace Hotel, which offers easy access to the famed tennis tournament.