Place : London, England
Tournament Type : Grandslam
surface : Grass
Place: London, England
Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Ranking Points: Winner — 2,000 Runner-Up — 1,200
Prize Money: £1.88m to the winner, £26,750,000 total
Duration: June 29, 2015 – July 12, 2015
The oldest and most prestigious of the four grand slam tournaments, The Championships Wimbledon have been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since 1877. In the 138 years since, much has changed in the game of tennis, however many traditions that began at the inaugural Championships remain. Players are still expected to adhere to an all white dress code, and fans still eat the tradition dish of the Championships, strawberries and cream.
Commenting on the importance of the tournament, Tiger Woods said, “People know what Wimbledon is. They know what the Super Bowl is. There are certain events people just know about.” Wimbledon’s unique place among the grand slams is one that is made even more remarkable since it has maintained that position for the entirety of its existence. Where other slams have risen and fallen in their value to players during the amateur and open eras, Wimbledon has remained a constant; the tournament that junior players see themselves winning in their wildest dreams.
The main events include, in the terminology of the tournament, Gentlemen’s Singles, Ladies’ Singles, Gentlemen’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. There are also a select few players whose names have become synonymous with the Championships, and it is no accident that they represent some of the greatest players to ever lift a racquet. Pete Sampras (7), Roger Federer (7) and Bjorn Borg (5) for the men, Martina Navratilova (9), Steffi Graff (7), and Venus and Serena Williams (5) for the women.
In the late twentieth into the early twenty-first century, the club undertook a massive multi-stage renovation process adding more player facilities, courts, and stadium space, as well as adding a roof to the famous Center Court. These improvements have ensured that Wimbledon retains its position as the foremost of tennis’ Grand Slams.