Wimbledon logoDates
8 - 16 July 2017

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

Outdoor grass

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

Official website


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.

A boys' draw was introduced in 1947 with girls' invited for the first time in the following year. Doubles draws were added for both in 1982.


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.


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.

Past Winners

The most notable winners of the boys' singles are all-time tennis greats Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg but they are just two amongst many. On the women's side former World Number 1 players Caroline Wozniaki and Amelie Mauresmo lifted the trophy.