Wimbledon Tennis 2014
There is absolute silence as the player prepares to serve and the ball goes up, and the thwack as the racket hits it echoes around the court. Wimbledon is not just a tennis tournament; it is a slice of history and culture from England’s past.
The delicious smell of freshly cut grass, the roar of the crowd as the ball is out and the friendly faces of the spectators on Aorangi Terrace (the Hill) watching on the big screen will make you glad you took a day out of central London into Wimbledon.
How about some interesting facts and figures? In 2001 Goran Ivanisevic hit the most aces of all time with 212. Last year Jerzy Janomicz recorded the fastest serve at the tournament with 143 mph and Venus Williams serving at 123 mph. The longest ever match was played over 3 days between John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA), lasted over 11 hours and the American beat the Frenchman.
And in case you missed it here is Andy Murray’s amazing winning shot in last year’s final: More than 54,000 balls are used during the tournament and they are kept at exactly 20 deg to make sure they are the right temperature for the players. You can buy used balls at the end of every day.
If you are looking for an ace souvenir from your Wimbledon experience, you can buy commemorative cushions, mugs, towels and all sorts of other brilliant stuff.
If you already have tickets, great, but if you don’t you still have a chance to get one on the day. We recommend you join The Queue a few hours before the grounds open at 9.30am or you can try for a late entry after 5pm.
Wimbledon Tennis Club is about an hour out of central London on the tube and there is also a great park and ride scheme which takes away the worry about where to park. So slap on some sun-cream and watch the best tennis players in the world fight it out in one of the world’s most historic sporting locations.