The Wimbledon tennis tournament is the oldest international tennis tournament.
Created in 1877, Wimbledon takes place on an annual basis over a two-week period and puts the World's best tennis players at play. It is one of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments, along with the Australian Open, the US Open and the French Open (Roland Garros Tournament).
The best tennis players take part in all of these different tournaments, and their results in one influence their image for next one, regarding international champions such as Roger Federer but also rising names such Petra Kvitovva..
Due to its specificities and traditions, Wimbledon is generally considered as the most prestigious of the Grand Slam tournaments. Besides its large surface, many specificities distinguish it from the other tournaments: the players are to dress mostly in white, no game is held on the first Sunday and there is no advertisement around the stadiums. Moreover, as the organization is held by a private club and not an international tennis federation, the Royal Family has its own box on the central court and a valet is present during the Final game.
The tournament is made up of five events: Men's singles (128 players), women's singles (128 players), men's doubles (64 teams), women's doubles (64 teams), and mixed doubles (48 teams). Each year, approximately 500 000 people come to watch the games, which are divided in 19 different tennis courts.
Besides the players, Wimbledon's lawn is put to honour and can be described as its real star. Indeed, the US Open and US Australia have given up playing on law (respectively in 1974 and 1988). In 2000, however, Wimbledon's lawn was changed in order to permit slower games and a higher bounce.
On a statistical scale, the victory of records at Wimbledon goes to Pete Sampras and Roger Federer - who count 7 victories each - for the men, and to Martina Navratilova for the women, with 9 victories. The longest match in the history of tennis took place in Wimbledon, from June 22 - June 24 2010, between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. It took no less than 11 hours and 5 minutes, 180 games and 980 points to distinguish a winner (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68)... During this game, twelve tennis world records were beaten.