16 things you didn’t know about Wimbledon

16 strange but true things you never knew about the annual tennis championship in London

Wimbledon facts 1-7

1) Don’t complain about rain
During World
War II
, a bomb ripped through centre court and 1,200 seats were
lost. Fortunately, they weren’t filled at the time. Play finally resumed
in 1946 but it wasn’t until 1949 that the area was back in top shape.

2)
No time for matchmaking

The last married woman to win the
women’s singles championship was Chris Evert Lloyd in 1981. Married to
the jobs perhaps?

3) A short introduction
In 1930, Brame
Hillyard became the first man to play wearing shorts. That was on court
10 – and Bunny Austin was the first to do so on centre court three
years later.

4) By the letter
Goran Ivanisevic
is the only Wimbledon
champion whose entire name alternates consonants and vowels. We’re not
sure who did the research into that, but we’re glad it wasn’t us!

5)
British bad boys

Tim
Henman
was the first-ever person to be disqualified from the men’s
doubles in 1995, after hitting a ball in anger and striking a ball girl
in the process. Andy Murray,
in turn, became the first British player in 106 years to be fined after
swearing at a match official – although that was in a different
tournament.

6) Champion eats words
Despite predictions
of half a million visitors this year, when Spencer Gore became the first
Wimbledon champion in 1875, he said he doubted whether the game would
catch on – perhaps unsurprisingly since it cost just one shilling to
watch the final and Gore received 12 guineas for his triumph. (If you’re
wondering? The pot now stands at 12.6m)

7) Name that game
The
name ‘tennis’ is thought to come from the French ‘tenez!’ (‘take’ or
‘receive’), a server’s warning shout.

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