The 2017 Wimbledon Championships are set to start at the end of June with all the British eyes on Andy Murray and Johanna Konta in hope they can go all the way.
Wimbledon is one of the most popular sporting events on the calendar with the event selling out year after year and fans even camping outside the grounds overnight in hope they can get to the front of the queue for a ticket.
With the excitement building, here’s a look at 10 Wimbledon facts you didn’t know.
- 54,000 Balls
There are 54,000 balls used at the Championships every year of the course of all the matches and tournaments that take place over the fortnight. Fans can actually purchase used balls from around the grounds.
- 11 hours, 5 minutes
The longest match ever played at Wimbledon came in 2010 when American John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut in an epic 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 70–68 encounter. It is also the longest match in tennis history.
- 320,000 Glasses of Pimms
Approximately 320,000 glasses of Pimms are drunk at the Championships each year. We guess that the weather has a say in that because Wimbledon has been known to have a rainy day or two over the years.
- 37 Miles
If you laid all the strawberries sold at the Championships each year end-to-end they would stretch 37 miles. That’s the equivalent of Wimbledon to Reading.
- Fastest Serves
American Taylor Dent holds the record for the fastest serve when he hit a 148mph effort in 2010.
In the women’s game, Lucie Hradecká broke the record in 2015 with a serve of 125mph.
- Youngest Winners
Boris Becker famously won the tournament as a 17-year-old back in 1985 – he came back and successfully defended the title the following year, and won his third and final Wimbledon crown in 1989.
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dod was only 15 years old when she won the Ladies Championship all the way back in 1887.
- 88 Titles
The United States have been the most successful nation in singles competition in Wimbledon history. The Championship has been won by men on 33 occasions and Ladies on 55. No American male has won the tournament since Pete Sampras in 2000 but Serena Williams has won the Ladies for five of the past eight years.
- 40 Miles
Over 40 miles of string is attached to more than 2,000 rackets used over the fortnight.
Last year more than 28,000kg of strawberries were consumed, and a further 10,000 litres of fresh cream.
- 750 Applications
From around 750 applications to be ball boys and ball girls, 250 are selected to the tough training regime before participating at the tournament for a fortnight.
The infographic below highlighting these stats has been supplied by VIP Event Butler, who provide Wimbledon hospitality: