The first prize fund of the tournament was twenty six thousand one hundred fifty pounds sterling. Of course, the first Wimbledon winners were the legendary Rod Laver in the men’s singles and Billie Jean King in the women’s singles – broke the biggest winner. Thus, having received the status of a professional tournament, Wimbledon acquired an almost final form. Although when we speak about this tournament, it is worth saying that even in comparison with the competitions on these courts more than a century ago, very little has changed. Perhaps the strength of tradition, this is exactly what makes the Wimbledon tournament one of the few competitions that retains its bright personality, despite all the benefits of technical progress, and more than a hundred years of history behind its back.
Until now, the main color of the players’ form at the Wimbledon tournament remains white (although especially bold always managed to stand out a bit and abandon this tradition, like, for example, quite recently the Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin, who wore bright red underwear in white, did not pay attention which was extremely difficult). And about how BBGs are trained here (ball boys and girls – boys and girls who serve balls to players) are legendary – there are about two hundred boys and girls at an average age of fifteen at each tournament. They are trained for six months, every day they spend with them both theoretical and practical exercises. They are tested in small tournaments, but there is also a good reward for them – for every thirteen days of work in a tournament, each BBG receives between one hundred and twenty to one hundred and sixty pounds sterling. By the way, until recently, they were worn by world renowned designer Ralph Loren, whose contract expired in 2009.
Wimbledon happily celebrated a number of his centennial anniversaries. The first was the turn of the century of the men’s tournament, then followed the century of the women’s. Then the hundredth championship was celebrated, again, first for men and then for women. However, it seems that these achievements are not the last in the history of this tournament. And Wimbledon’s grass courts will attract the best players in the world for many long and long years, and at the same time delight numerous tournament lovers, not only directly through tennis, but also at least the legendary main course dish – unrivaled strawberries with cream.
The most significant matches in the history of tournament: Wimbledon champions
July 3, 2018 started the oldest tennis tournament of the Grand Slam – Wimbledon. An unexpected victory happened on the very first day of the competition – 21-year-old Russian Daniel Medvedev (# 49) beat the third racket of the world, Swiss Stan Wawrink.
- He was 19, and he wore shell jewelry – Roger Federer’s 2001 version was far from the legend of 2017, but an incredible talent could be seen even then. Having beaten his idol in a grueling fight, Federer cried (now we know that he loves it). This match marked the defeat of the old leader and the birth of a new star of world tennis.
- Red-faced, rampant destruction machine – in 1975, Jimmy Connors was considered the clear favorite of the men’s final. But anything can happen at Wimbledon. That year, Arthur Ashe surprised everyone, and even himself. He defeated Connors and became the first black winner of the tournament.
- At 17, Camus is usually read by young people, they play on the Xbox and suffer from a classmate / classmate, and Boris Becker at that age picked up and won Wimbledon.
- The Williams sisters already competed before this, but it was in 2002 that their first final took place at Wimbledon, which Serena started with Williams’ younger sister and finished the winner of the Grand Slam tournament.
- The standoff between the Swede Bjorn Borg and the American John McEnroe was so legendary that a movie was made about him (access to Russian screens on November 23). The top of the competition came in this final. On a tiebreaker in the fourth set, Mcinroy did not let Borg win the match 5 times and earned the fifth set after the score 18–16. But not a single muscle flinched on the face of the restrained Swede, and he ended the game in his favor (8-6) in the fifth set. Thanks for playing.
- Further, an unusual match should be noted: 3 days and more than 11 hours of play. This match in a stunning presentation of two players – American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mayu – who refused to lose, again and again. The fifth set still ended with a score of 70–68 in favor of Izner. It was unforgettable game, especially for the rivals themselves, who have gone through a real hell of tennis.
- In 2008, Roger Federer was already a legend of the court, and Rafael Nadal – the king of the soil, who mastered the game on the grass. The spectators did not know how lucky they would be by buying tickets for the match, which became a real contactless fight to the bitter end. Nadal turned out to be stronger, and the fans remembered this ending as one of the best in history.
Wimbledon played the longest semi-final in tournament history
Kevin Anderson and John Isner spent more than six hours on the court. American John Isner and South African Kevin Anderson played the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history. Tennis players defined the first finalist of the competition 6 hours 36 minutes, and the game itself ended in five games in favor of Anderson with a score of 7: 6, 6: 7, 6: 7, 6: 4, 26:24. The last game lasted almost half the time of the whole match – 2 hours 55 minutes.
This match was the second in the history of Wimbledon in terms of length after the legendary game of the same Isner against Frenchman Nicolas May in 2010, which lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes and stretched for three days. For the semi-finals and matches on the central court of Wimbledon, this game was the longest in history. The previous record of the semi-finals was set by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro in 2013 who played 4 hours 43 minutes. In general, Anderson and Izner held the fourth longest match in the history of tennis and only the 13th, which lasted more than six hours.
Anderson reached the Grand Slam final for the second time in his career after the US Open 2017 final. His opponent in the decisive match will be the winner of the match Novak Djokovic – Rafael Nadal, who on Friday did not have time to play their match just because of the long first bout. The game will be played on Saturday with the score 2: 1 in favor of the Serb in sets. In the quarter-finals, Anderson has already held one marathon match, knocking out the second racket of the world Swiss Roger Federer in five sets.