Wimbledon is among the most popular events in the sports field all over the world. It is arguably the most prestigious tournament in tennis. Held since 1877 at the All England Club, there are plenty of things that you might not know about it. Starting from the fact that its actual name is The Championships, Wimbledon, there are plenty of things that are astonishing about it and worth knowing. With the Wimbledon 2017 season on, here is some treat for the tennis fans.
Food and Drink
The event is said to be the event where greatest European catering operation is carried out. Around 39000 people are there to attend the matches at All England Club, and an estimate of 1800 staff is there to take care of them. It is almost a two weeks tournament, and in this period, the audience will enjoy 300,000 cups of tea and coffee. There will be over 250,000 water bottles that would come in use along with meals that make the number 207000. Moreover, sandwiches are also popular among these people as in two weeks; they are going to eat up an estimate of 190,000 sandwiches.
If this is not enough to boost your appetite, there will be 15 thousand bananas spectators will enjoy. 20 thousand portions of frozen yogurt will be used by the catering staff along with almost 12 tons of salmon and 6 thousand pizzas. Fish and Chips is not too popular as its number combined is only 32 thousand.
Drinks that come in use include around 1 lakh pints of draught beer. 2 lakh Pimm’s glasses and 6600 gallons of milk also come under the food and drink stats.
There are always celebs around the Center Court when you take a look at the Wimbledon. The officials are unlikely to give thoughts on who will be attending the game. However, there are always some great faces, which we see on big screens, sitting on the court and enjoying the game.
A nominable personality is of Cliff Richard who himself is a keen player of the game. He attended the court for around 20 years in a row until last year. Due to false sexual allegations, Cliff was unable to attend the game. But with the case solved now, he is likely to make a return in Wimbledon 2017.
Moreover, other notable personalities present in the court during the tournament are Kate Winslet, Benedict Cumberbatch and the sensation of Formula One who has a story associated with him, Lewis Hamilton. It is said that Lewis was refused by the officials to enter in the Royal Box due to the fact that he was not wearing a tie and a jacket.
The Rain and The Roof
When it comes to rain, Wimbledon does not have a good record. There have been only seven tournaments since 1922 that have been rain-free. These include the games played in 1931, 1976 and 1977, 1993 and 1995, 2009 and 2010. Therefore, the roof is among the most important things that authorities need in order to cover up the court in the case of rain.
The area of the center court is almost 55972 square feet. There is a retractable roof in the court which can cover area for which you need 7500 umbrellas. In case that there are strong winds, even up to 43 miles per hour, the roof top can be closed in less than 10 minutes.
Moreover, there is also a traditional cover for center court. Its weight is around a ton, and it requires 30 seconds for 16 men to put it on. As it is see through and allows light to enter, the game can proceed without much problem.
Royal Box and Queen
When it comes to Royal Box, as the name indicates, only a limited number of people are allowed to sit there and watch the game. There are 74 Lloyd Loom wicker chairs. These are dark green in color. Queen also attended the tournament in 1957, 1962, 1977 and then later in 2010. Who knows may be this is the year when Queen decides to make her presence known?
Balls and Rackets
When it comes to tennis balls, Slazenger has been the supplier since 1902. This year, in Wimbledon 2017, they have sent over 52 thousand balls among which 20 thousand will be used in practice and qualifying games. A room with a constant temperature of 68-degree stores the supply. They are checked by hand (each ball) for a bounce, compression, and weight.
Daily, 48 tins of balls are taken to the Center Court and No.1 Court. Rest 17 courts outside are provided with 24 tins. You might see Umpire calling “New Balls Please” after first seven games while for the rest of the game, he may make the same announcement after each nine games. So, how does this go? Well, when he calls the statement after first seven games, it means that the balls were in use during practice and, therefore, it is time to bring new ones to the game.
As far as the rackets go, there is a repair team dedicated to mending the rackets. The team, in the span of a fortnight, repairs over 2000 rackets. Among these, 60% are of the players that hit the ball hard and lose or break strings due to it. They use over 40 miles of string that include material such as nylon, polyester or Kevlar.
So, these are some facts about the Wimbledon. Before you sit to enjoy any game of Wimbledon 2017, keep these things in your mind. As far the tournament is concerned, the games will surely be tough, and things will fire up for sure as the event comes to its closing. Calling for a player to win is pretty tough because it is a game and you never know about good or bad days. Upsets are always on the cards and, in all this, fancying a player to win won’t be easy. Nevertheless, we hope to see some really good games.