Today marks the start of the 2017 Wimbledon Tennis Championship and to celebrate this, we thought we’d put together some amazing facts and figures that you can impress your mates with!
Did you know that…
– 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s are served throughout the championship
– Spectators get through a whopping 28,000 kg (that’s 140,000 servings) of English strawberries and over 10,000 litres of fresh cream!
– On Centre Court, 8 litres per second of fresh air per person is pumped into the bowl to manage the environment
– The fastest Men’s serve of all time was Taylor Dent in 2010 at a massive 148mph whilst for the Women’s record, Venus Williams hit a massive 129mph serve in 2008
– Around 250 Ball Boys and Ball Girls are taken on for the Championship, going through a rigorous training schedule.
– Goran Ivanisevic holds the Men’s record for the most Aces of all time, hitting 212 in 2001, whereas Serena Williams holds the Women’s record with 102 hit in 2012
– Yellow balls were used for the first time in 1986 and they are stored at 68 degrees farenheit
– The longest match was in 2010 between John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA). Played over 3 days it lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes in total. The final set lasted 491 minutes (8hrs11mins), 1hr 38mins longer than the previous longest match in tennis history. 123 balls in total were used.
We hope you enjoy the tournament and would like to wish all the British competitors every success. Will Andy Murray win for a second consecutive year? Give us your forecast!