June 27, 2014

5 Wimbledon traditions you should know

The Wimbledon Championships is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and the oldest. Started in 1877, it has been held at the same All England Club in south London ever since. Wimbledon is almost as well known for its unique traditions as its tennis. We take a look at what you can expect when visiting…

(1) All white dress code 
Since 1877, every player has worn an all-white uniform. Players have been known, especially in recent years however, to push the boundaries of the all-white rule and have chosen outfits to make a fashion statement.

(2) Strawberries and cream
This is said to be invented by Cardinal Wolsey (an advisor to King Henry VIII) in the 1500s. Both strawberries and tennis signal the beginning of summer in the UK. Each year, more than 28,000kg of strawberries and 7000 litres of cream are consumed during Wimbledon.

(3) The royals
The English Royal family has supported and attended Wimbledon since 1907 and the players are supposed to bow in front of the Royal Box when either Her Majesty the Queen or His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales are present at the court.

(4) The queues and camping
Wimbledon remains the only Grand Slam where fans can arrive without tickets and have a chance to obtain seats. Typically, you would need to camp overnight in the park to get in. The rows of tents stretching across the park are almost as famous as Centre Court itself.

(5) No advertising 
In the age of mass advertising especially at sports events, the lack of advertising is conspicuous.Wimbledon does not have any sponsor advertising around its courts.

Have you attended Wimbledon? Or is it still on your travel bucket list? Comment below and let us know.

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