The Wimbledon Championship is one of the oldest and most popular tennis tournaments in the world. It is one of the four major grand slam tournaments along with the US Open, Australian Open and French Open. Out of all of these grand slam titles, Wimbledon is the only one played on grass, restoring the games original name “lawn tennis”.
The history of Wimbledon dates back to 1877 when the first inaugural event was conducted for about 200 spectators. Since then the tournament has undergone several changes and today it has grown into one of most the premier sports events of the world. This year the tournament is scheduled to happen from the 24th of June to the 7th of July. The tournament will be conducted at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and will include five major events: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
The Wimbledon Championships 2013 will be the 127th succession of the tournament. International players from across the globe will fly to participate in this grand tournament. The Public Ballot method, which was introduced in the year 1924, is still practised as the fairest way to distribute tickets. For up to date news about Wimbledon go online and visit www.wimbledon.com
Tradition at Wimbledon
Though the traditional colours of Wimbledon are purple and green, all players are required to wear only white while on the field. Wimbledon also has a scrumptious tradition of eating strawberries with ice cream. The competing players are required to pass under the lines from the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. And another important tradition at Wimbledon is “the Queue”. Tennis lovers queue up as early as two nights to get their tickets for the first day of the match. The queue has a fun filled atmosphere and people claim it to be as exciting as watching the match itself. Stewards are available to help you at all times with restroom facilities, access to food and even the morning newspaper.
Records at Wimbledon
The player who has won the tournament the most amount of times is Martina Navritalova. She has won the women’s singles 9 times out of which 6 were in consecutive years. William Renshaw and Pete Sampras have won the Men’s singles title seven times each. Other remarkable feats include Steffi Graf who won the title 6 times and Venus Williams and Bjorn Borg have won the tournament 5 times each.
Top Seeds of the Tournament
Wimbledon has always had its share of massive upsets and fairy tale endings. This year the major contenders of the Men’s Singles will be Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Raphael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer will be the defending champion this year. In the women’s singles category Serena Williams who won the title last year will be competing with more vigour against other international players like Venus Williams, Li Na, and Victoria Azarenka.
Getting to and from Wimbledon
As the city prepares to handle the country’s largest sport event, one of the main aspects is to manage the transportation in the city. The public transport system of London provides extra services to connect to the venue easily. The closest tube stations to the venue are the Wimbledon and Southfields stations. From the station you can use the shuttle bus service or alternatively hire a taxi to reach the venue. Trains from different locations such as Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth and Salisbury run regularly to the location. Buses run every five minutes between different locations and the venue.
Promotional gifts at Wimbledon
Licensing products under the brand of Wimbledon has enhanced their brand image and been a source of promoting good will. The Wimbledon pens are famous throughout the world for their outstanding design and style. These pens were merchandised with an aim to bring the Wimbledon name into every household. Wimbledon also has an online store and customers find that it is the easiest way to shop for their products.