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 8-14

8) New balls please
Ever wondered why tennis balls are
yellow? They weren’t always – white balls were replaced in 1986 because
they are more visible to TV cameras. Incidentally, one ball is only in
play for about twenty minutes of an average two-and-a-half-hour tennis
match.

9) Not just a pretty face
Maria Sharapova, one of the top earners in female
sports, broke the record for the loudest grunts on court – recorded at a
deafening 101.2 decibels!

10) Time for a break
Venus Williams won her 2005
final against Lindsay Davenport in the longest ladies’ singles
final ever played at Wimbledon lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes. Time for a
sit down? Chairs were only provided for players to rest when changing
ends in 1975.

11) Young starters
British player, Laura
Robson, is not only the junior champion but, at 15 years and 152 days
old on Monday 22nd June, was the youngest woman to play in the senior
competition since Martina Hingis in 1995.

12) Strawberries and
cream

Last year, 23 tonnes of strawberries were served to
visitors. When laid end-to-end, these berries would stretch almost 60km
(37 miles), i.e. from Wimbledon
to Reading. A slippery slope when you include the 7,000 litres of fresh
cream racked up each fortnight.

13) String theory
At
least 40 miles worth of string are fitted to 2,000 rackets over a
fortnight at Wimbledon.
That’s just under six laps’ worth of centre court – what? We were
curious!

14) Hark the halk!
Hamish the hawk flies for
one hour every morning of the championships before the gates open to
ward off the local pigeons. He starts his duties at 9am on the dot.

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