WIMBLEDON 2021: Wimbledon Facts and Figures: The long wait of 2 years is over. Wimbledon 2021 starts on Monday after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid-19. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams all are on cusp of tennis history as they attempt to win another Wimbledon title. The tournament is all about finesses, athleticism and more important tradition. We take you through some very interesting and unique facts about Wimbledon Championships – take a look at 10 Unique Wimbledon facts that makes the most revered tennis tournament of the world more interesting –
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 1: Who has hit most number of Aces in Wimbledon in a single season & who holds the fastest serve record?
Most (all time)
Gentlemen: 214 – John Isner (USA) 2018
Ladies: 102 – Serena Williams (USA) 2012
Fastest Serves – All Time
Gentlemen: 148mph – Taylor Dent, USA (2010)
Ladies: 129mph – Venus Williams, USA (2008)
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 2: Wimbledon – Slazenger Partnership is the longest standing partnership in history of sports sponsorship
Slazenger is the official supplier of tennis balls to Wimbledon since 1902. This is the longest partnership in sporting goods history, Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis balls to The Championships since 1902.
Yellow balls used for first time in 1986. 53,000 used during The Championships’ period. Stored at 68 deg F. New balls after first seven games (to allow for warm-up), then after every nine games. Subject to availability used balls are sold daily. £2.50 per can of three. Proceeds go to the Wimbledon Foundation. At start of day 48 tins are taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts and 24 on all outside courts.
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 3: When & why did Wimbledon organizers decide that players will only play in white?
The “predominately in white” rule for players was introduced in 1963 before the “almost entirely in white rule” was brought in in 1995. Accessories were included in the rule from 2014. Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.
Both Grand Slam and WTA rules stipulate recognised tennis attire. Decision on the day as to whether clothing/players’ turnout is suitable at discretion of Referee.
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 4: The facts you should know about revered Centre Court of Wimbledon?
Court (Centre) – roof stats
– 8 litres per second of fresh air per person pumped into the bowl to manage the environment
– 9 chiller units required to cool the air
– 10 minutes (maximum) that the roof takes to close
– 10 trusses holding up the roof
– 16 metres (height of the roof above the court surface)
– 30 minutes: maximum time expected before play can start/continue after the roof is closed and the internal environment is controlled and stabilised
– 43mph: wind speed up to which the roof can be deployed/retracted
– 70 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses without extra parts
– 77 metres: the span of the moving roof trusses (width of football pitch = 68m)
– 100 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses with all extras – eg motors, locking arms
– 100 percent of the roof’s fabric is recyclable
– 214 MM per second – maximum speed of truss deployment
– 1,200 extra seats installed in 2008
– 3,000 tonnes: combined weight (both fixed and moving) of the roof
– 5,200 square metres, area of retractable roof when fully deployed
– 7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof
– 15,000: maximum spectator capacity
– 143,000 litres per second: total amount of conditioned air that the air-management system supplies to the bowl
– 290 million: number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court with the roof closed
Grass: Championships playing height 8mm. Court grass composed of 100% rye grass.
Grounds (size): Church Road site: 13.5 acres. / Plus car parks: 42 acres.
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 5: How many courts are used to conduct Wimbledon matches?
Courts grass (gen) 2021
38 in total. 18 Championships grass courts (Centre + Nos 1-18, less 13) plus 20 grass court practice courts in Aorangi Park and at Southlands College (reduced from 22 due to No.1 Court Project).
Electronic Line Calling
Electronic line calling system introduced on Centre and No.1 Cts in 2006. In 2019 covered Centre Court, No.1 Court, No.2 Court, No.3 Ct and Courts 12-18.
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 6: What so special about Wimbledon hospitality & food services?
Food & Drink: Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (3,000 staff) carried out in Europe. Some of the quantities of food and drink served at The Championships are below.
– 18,061 serves of fish and chips
– 6,147 serves of pasta for competitors
– 4,242 serves of sushi for competitors
– 276,291 glasses of Pimm’s
– 64,703 ice cream portions / sticks
– 191,930 portions of strawberries
– 234,416 meals served throughout The Championships
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 7: Who has played the longest match in Wimbledon history?
Longest Match – John Isner (USA) vs Nicolas Mahut (France) – 11 Hours 5 Mins
– 2010, Court 18, played over 3 days
– John Isner (USA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68
– 11 hours 05 minutes duration
– Final set lasted 491 minutes (8hrs 11mins), 1hr 38mins longer than the previous longest match in tennis history
– 980 points played in total – Mahut won 502 and Isner 478 of them (Serena Williams won 789 points over seven rounds to win the Ladies’ Singles)
– Isner served the most aces in a match – 113
– 123 balls used
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 8: Rufus, a Harris Hawk – what role he plays?
Rufus, a Harris Hawk, trained by Imogen Davis of Avian Control. Visits the Club most weeks in the year to provide a deterrent to local pigeons by making aware of a predator in the grounds to persuade them to roost elsewhere. Flies for one hour (9.00am) most mornings of The Championships before the gates open.
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 9: How long is Largest TV Screen outside Wimbledon Courts?
If Wimbledon is famous for its in-court settings, centre court, food, hospitality – it is also famous for largest TV Screen just outside the Centre & Main Courts. Thousands of tennis fans assemble and watch Wimbledon matches on this LARGE SCREEN TV – which is 40 sq metres in size.
Wimbledon Facts & Figures 10: Championships stringing team string on average over 2,000 rackets comprising 60% for men, 40% for women. In total this adds up to over 40 miles of string.