The essential guide to Wimbledon 2015

Fun facts and trivia relating to this year’s championship

With Wimbledon 2015 just around the corner fans are getting ready to enjoy another fascinating fortnight of action at the oldest and most historic of the four Grand Slams.

This year’s tournament runs from Monday 29th June until Sunday 12th July and fans can still get tickets if they have their wits about them.

Total prize money for the players has risen by 7%. That means £1.88m each is on offer for the Singles Champions and Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitová will be fighting hard to defend their titles.

Ahead of the tournament Ticketbis.net have compiled an essential guide for Wimbledon 2015, including some fun facts about the history and the modern day goings on at the Championships.

Did you know only seven Championships have been recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922? Those were 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.

Read on to find out more!

History

The Ladies’ Singles Plate has been contested since 1886, whilst the Men’s Singles (Challenge Cup) has been disputed since 1887.

Current champions

Novak Djokovic (Gentlemen’s Singles)

Petra Kvitová (Ladies’ Singles)

Players

More than 750 players will participate (757 in 2014 including qualifying)

Prize Money for 2015

Singles Champions: £1.88m

Total: £26.75m

Attendance

Total attendance for 2014 Championships: 491,084.

Up to 39,000 spectators per day.

Matches

660 during fortnight

Longest Match 

2010, Court 18, played over three days

John Isner (USA) beat Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68

11 hours 5 mins duration

Final set lasted 8hrs 11mins.

Most Aces in one championship

Men: 212 – Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 2001

Ladies: 57 – Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 1999, Serena Williams (USA) 2008

Fastest Ever Serve at Wimbledon

Men: 148mph – Taylor Dent – 2010

Women: 129mph – Venus Williams – 2008

English Summer Weather

Only seven Championships have been recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.

Courts

19 Championships grass courts (Centre Court, Court Number 1, plus 17 more). There is no court number 13!

Grass

Championships playing height 8mm.

Hawk

Rufus, a Harris Hawk, visits the Club most weeks in the year to provide a deterrent to local pigeons.

Balls

54,250 used during The Championships period

No thank you

Fans have been told by Wimbledon’s organisers they can leave their selfie sticks at home, whilst of course the players must avoid wearing bright coloured clothes and keep to mainly white shirts and shorts or skirts.

Getting tickets

Queue

The 2015 Queue starts at 8am on Sunday 28 June. Only a few tickets are available each day for the show courts.

Ground tickets

Buy tickets on the day for standing room and unreserved seating across courts 3-19. But you cannot get into Centre Court or Courts 1 or 2.

Go online

Get resold Debenture day tickets through sites like Ticketbis.net

Ballot

Go in for the Ballot run by All England Lawn Tennis Club. Write to AELTC (P.O. BOX 98, London SW19 5AE) for ballot form, but this has to be sent by December of previous year. Your chances of getting tickets are around 1 in 10.

Royal box

Wimbledon’s Royal Box has 74 seats and getting an invite into this elite area is tricky but President Clinton has managed it and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has found a way in for life!

Become a Member

Join the All England Lawn Tennis Club. There are 375 members, 100 temporary Members elected each year. If you have been good enough to win Wimbledon you can be invited!

Become a Debenture Holder

Sign a cheque for about £50,000 for Centre Court Debentures, or £20,000 for Court number 1 and send it to Wimbledon! Debentures only happen every five years.

Tournaments

There are 12 tournaments held annually as part of the Championships:

Gentlemen’s Singles

Ladies’ Singles

Gentlemen’s Doubles

Ladies’ Doubles

Mixed Doubles

Boys’ Singles

Girls’ Singles

Boys’ Doubles

Girls’ Doubles

Wheelchair Gentlemen’s Doubles

Wheelchair Ladies’ Doubles

Gentlemen’s Senior Invitation Doubles

Refreshments

At the largest single annual sporting catering operation in Europe, these quantities are supplied by Championships’ caterers over the fortnight of play.

350,000 cups of tea and coffee

230,000 glasses of Pimm’s

100,000 pints of draught beer and lager

142,000 portions of English strawberries

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