Wimbledon



Dates
24 Jun - 7 Jul 2013 (23 Jun - 6 Jul 2014)

Venue
The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Wimbledon, London, England

Surface
Outdoor grass

Main stadiums
Centre Court - 15,000 capacity
No. 1 Court - 11,429 capacity

Official website
Wimbledon.com

 

Title holders

Men's singles
Andy Murray (GBR)

Men's doubles
Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan (USA)

Women's singles
Marion Bartoli (FRA)

Women's doubles
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Peng Shuai (CHN)

Mixed doubles
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) / Daniel Nestor (CAN)

Boys' singles
Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA)

Boys' doubles
Thanasi Kokkinakis / Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Girls' singles
Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Girls' doubles
Barbora Krejcikova / Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

 

History

Early days
Wimbledon - or The Championships - is the world's oldest tennis tournament, having first been played in 1877, and is considered the most prestigious by many people. The only event originally contested was men's singles, which Spencer Gore won when he came through a field of 22 players.

Grounds
The tournament has always been played in Wimbledon, a south-west suburb of London, but the actual venue has changed. It was held at the old Worple Road site until 1922, when the current Church Road site was first used.

Centre Court
Wimbledon's main arena, named because of its central location within the club's grounds, was first used in 1922. It has undergone numerous upgrades over the years, none more so than in 2009 when a new retractable roof was officially opened. Centre Court now has a capacity of 15,000.

Surface
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam still played on the game's original surface of grass. Since 2000, the grass has been 100 per cent rye, a change from the rye and red fescue composition that was used prior. It is cut to a height of 8mm.

All-time greats - men
William Renshaw set the record for winning the most number of men's singles titles in the 1800s, with seven victories. Since the start of the Open era in 1968, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have both equalled this record, with Bjorn Borg not far behind on five wins.

All-time greats - women
Martina Navratilova has been the most successful women's singles player, lifting the trophy nine times between 1978 and 1990. In recent years, Steffi Graf, seven, and Serena and Venus Williams have all enjoyed multiple triumphs. Navratilova and Billie Jean King are the tournament's most prolific champions across all events, with a combined 20 titles each between singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Brits at Wimbledon
In 2013, Andy Murray ended a 77-year wait for a British champion in the men's singles. The Brits have enjoyed more success on the women's side with three post-war winners: Angela Mortimer in 1961, Ann Jones in 1969 and most recently Virginia Wade in 1977.



2013 WIMBLEDON GALLERY

  • Marion Bartoli (FRA) and Andy Murray (GBR) Andy Murray (GBR) and his parents
  • Andy Murray (GBR) Andy Murray (GBR) and girlfriend Kim Sears
  • Marion Bartoli (FRA) and her father Walter Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) and Rod Laver (AUS)
  • Belinda Bencic (SUI) and her family Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) and Daniel Nestor (CAN)
  • Andy Murray (GBR) and coach Ivan Lendl Andy Murray - 2013 Wimbledon champion
  • Andy Murray - 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray - 2013 Wimbledon champion

2013 WIMBLEDON NEWS