Wimbledon 2016 is just 6 days away. Regarded as one of the four most important Grand Slam events in a tennis calendar year, winning the Wimbledon is every tennis player’s dream.
Since its inception in 1877, Wimbledon has discovered many champions for the world. The annual tournament takes place during June-July every year and attracts more than 500,000 spectators during the tournament.
Here are a few fun-facts about the most-coveted tournament :
Only grand slam played on grass
Wimbledon is the only grand slam event which is played on the grass courts. The grass is tended to year-round and during the event, it is cut to minimum height of 8mm.
Strict dress code
Wimbledon is the only tennis event in the world where wearing whites for the players is a must-do. In 2013, Roger Federer was asked to change his shoes during a match as the color of the sole of his shoes was orange.
52,250 tennis balls are used during Wimbledon
In the two weeks’ time, as many as 54,250 balls are used during Wimbledon. To make sure that they are in a perfect shape, the balls are changed every 7 to 9 games. Also, only yellow balls are used in Wimbledon. Only once was the white balls were used during the tournament but in 1986 it was changed back to yellow as white balls were not visible on the Television.
The run time of the longest match was 11 hours and 5 minutes
In the 2010 tournament, the longest match of Wimbledon was recorded. It was played between John Isner of the United States and French player Nicolas Mahut. The match lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes and was played over a period of three days.
250 ball boys and girls
Yes, as many as 250 ball boys and girls, known as BBGs give their service in Wimbledon. These BBGs have a tough job of keeping watch on the moving balls constantly. The BBGs go under intense training session to prepare themselves for Wimbledon.