Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, having been played at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. It is also the only Grand Slam tennis tournament (the others being the Australian Open, French Open and the US Open) to be played on grass.
The first championships were contested by 22 male competitors, all of whom used handmade racquets and equipment. As is tradition at Wimbledon, the final was postposed due to adverse weather conditions and ended up being played three days later than scheduled to a crowd of 200 spectators. After this initial championship, tennis continued to grow in popularity as a sport, increasing in number of competitors, spectators and competition types.
Women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles were all added to the championships before the turn of the 19th century and the club moved from its rented site on Worple Road to the present day site of Church Road. Wimbledon further cemented its place in history in 1967 by becoming the first broadcast to ever be televised in colour.
The qualifiers for Wimbledon 2017 began on 25th June, whilst the tournament proper started on 3rd July and is due to finish on 15th July. 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the championships and the hopes of the British public lie with the current title holder and world number one, Andy Murray. Other top tennis players will be competing with him though, including, seven time title winner Roger Federer, three time winner Novak Djokovic and two time winner Rafael Nadal.
Add to this the up and coming British women’s number one Joanna Konta as well as other big names such as Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep and this will no doubt be a hotly contested championship that should not be missed!
As the only grand slam to offer tickets ‘on the door’ anyone can go and enjoy Wimbledon. If you intend on attending one of the main courts then it’s suggested you start queueing early with people often camping to ensure they get the best tickets. Alternatively turn up later in the day and get a grounds pass which allows you to enjoy the grounds and atmosphere, as well as entitling you to entry to the smaller courts.
Pure Student Living are offering plenty of accommodation options over the summer across London, so you can jump on the underground and take in a spot of tennis at Wimbledon before exploring the rest of London; all from the comfort of a city centre location.