With much of the public’s focus on the London 2012 Olympics, we thought it was time to remind our readers of a little tournament happening a few weeks before called Wimbledon. Usain Bolt might be talking of a 100 metres in 9.4 seconds but he hasn’t got a thing on our stats below!
So enjoy the 10 facts below that we’ve lovingly researched for you and feel free to share them with your colleagues and friends. Just remember to mention that Team Tactics offers one of the best selections of Wimbledon corporate hospitality packages around!
- The name ‘tennis’ is thought to come from the French ‘tenez!’ (‘take’ or ‘receive’), a server’s warning shout
- The first official colour broadcast of Wimbledon was in 1967.
- The last use of a wooden racket was 20 years later, in 1987.
- Tim Henman was the first ever player to be disqualified from the men’s doubles when he infamously hit a ball in anger, which struck a ball girl.
- The Duke of Kent stopped the practice of bowing to the Royal Box in 2003.
- Tennis balls haven’t always been yellow. They were once white but changed in order to make them more visible to TV cameras.
- The longest match at Wimbledon took place in 2010 when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled it out over three days before Isner finally won 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3), 70-68. The match lasted an incredible 11 hours and five minutes. To put that in perspective a tennis ball normally is used on average for just 20 minutes in a match.
- The loudest grunt on the court award goes to Maria Sharapova who once recorded a thunderous 101.2 decibels!
- At the Wimbledon Championships over 28,000 kilos of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed. The fruit is freshly picked from Team Tactics’ home county of Kent the day before!
- The famous SW19 courts have a resident hawk called Rufus. Rufus flies most mornings during the Wimbledon Championships in order to deter local pigeons from adding to the visitors strawberries and cream!