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PHOTOS: 10 things you didn’t know about Wimbledon

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Wimbledon is in full swing! Check out the 10 things you didn't know about The Championships on the anniversary of the first Wimbledon tournament.
The Centre court was built in 1922. The renovation, which included the addition of the retractable roof, was started at the end of the 2006 season. The completed retractable roof was unveiled in April 2009. It takes 10 minutes maximum for the roof to close. After closing, it takes 30 minutes before play can start/continue after the roof has closed. Here, the Centre Court is photographed in April 1922.
The Centre Court was built in 1922. The renovation, which included the addition of the retractable roof, was started at the end of the 2006 season. The completed retractable roof was unveiled in April 2009. It takes 10 minutes maximum for the roof to close. After closing, it takes 30 minutes before play can start/continue after the roof has closed. Here, the Centre Court is photographed in April 1922.
There are 18 Championships grass courts, 20 grass practice courts and 8 American Clay courts. The Centre Court and other show courts are used only for The Championships. The aerial view of the courts can be seen here during the 2011 Championships.
There are 18 Championships grass courts, 20 grass practice courts and 8 American Clay courts. The Centre Court and other show courts are used only for The Championships. The aerial view of the courts can be seen here during the 2011 Championships.
The first tennis tournament took place on July 9, 1877. 21 people competed in the Gentlemen's Singles matches. The announcement read
The first tennis tournament took place on July 9, 1877. 21 people competed in the Gentlemen’s Singles matches. The announcement read “The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose [sic] to hold a lawn tennis meeting open to all amateurs, on Monday, July 9, and following days. Entrance fee, one pound, one shilling.” This photograph shows an international tennis match at Wimbledon, London in 1883. The match was between the twins William and Ernest Renshaw of England and Clarence M Clark and JS Clark of the USA. The Renshaw brothers won the match.
The Gentlemen's Singles awards the winners the Challenge Cup since 1887, and the Ladies' Singles have been awarded the Ladies' Singles Plate since 1886.
The Gentlemen’s Singles have awarded the winners the Challenge Cup since 1887, and the Ladies’ Singles have been awarded the Ladies’ Singles Plate since 1886.
Roger Federer has won the most Gentlemen's Singles titles with 8. Years won: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2017. Martina Navratilova has won 9 Ladies' Singles titles. Years won: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990.
Roger Federer has won the most Gentlemen’s Singles titles with 8. Years won: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2017. Martina Navratilova has won 9 Ladies’ Singles titles. Years won: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990.
The overall attendance was 500,397 for 13 days in 2019, the second-highest in Wimbledon history. An aerial view shows the courts on the fourth day of the Wimbledon Championships on July 4, 2019.
The overall attendance was 500,397 for 13 days in 2019, the second-highest in Wimbledon history. An aerial view shows the courts on the fourth day of the Wimbledon Championships on July 4, 2019.
Around 250 people participate in a rigorous training routine to serve as Ball Boys and Girls. Ball Boys and Girls line up in front of Centre Court on July 6, 2019, in London, England.
Around 250 people participate in a rigorous training routine to serve as Ball Boys and Girls. Ball Boys and Girls line up in front of Centre Court on July 6, 2019, in London, England.
Court grass is composed of 100% ryegrass. The courts are constructed and seeded in April. The grass courts are cut three times a week starting in May to keep the length at 0.5 inches. Here is the exterior view of the Centre Court at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in Sept. 1978.
Court grass is composed of 100% ryegrass. The courts are constructed and seeded in April. The grass courts are cut three times a week starting in May to keep the length at 0.5 inches. Here is the exterior view of the Centre Court at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in Sept. 1978.
46 cans of tennis balls are distributed to Wimbledon's Centre and No.1 courts and 21 cans are distributed on all outside courts. An umpire opens a new tin of tennis balls on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 30, 2016, in London, England.
46 cans of tennis balls are distributed to Wimbledon’s Centre and No.1 courts and 21 cans are distributed on all outside courts. An umpire opens a new tin of tennis balls on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 30, 2016, in London, England.
Competitors must dress in tennis attire that is almost entirely white. The
Competitors must dress in tennis attire that is almost entirely white. The “predominately in white” rule was introduced in 1963 and later revised to the “almost entirely in white” rule in 1995. USA’s Billie Jean Moffitt (later King) is pictured during a semi-final in the Women’s Singles Championship at Wimbledon in 1964.
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