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Wimbledon set to serve up new ladies champion

POSTED ON 30 JUNE 2017

In 2016, Scot Andy Murray won the Wimbledon Men’s title while Serena Williams served up success to take the Ladies title. The Championships starts again on Monday 3rd July but just who will be crowned this year’s champions?

Well, there’s no chance of Serena winning the title this year as she is taking maternity leave for the rest of the 2017 season.

This year the Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Champions will each receive £2.2m as prize money – a 10% increase from £2.0m in 2016. In fact, over the last six years, The Championships has more than doubled the total prize money on offer, rising from £14.6m in 2011 to £31.6m in 2017. Over the same period, the singles champions’ prize money has increased from £1.1m to £2.2m, while first round prize money has more than trebled from £11,500 to £35,000.

But before The Championship begins, there will be a Tennis Sub-Committee  meeting on Tuesday 20 June to decide wild cards. Wild cards are players whose world ranking is not high enough to qualify automatically for The Championships but who are accepted into the main Championships draw at  the discretion of the Committee.

They are usually offered on the basis of past performance at Wimbledon or to increase British interest and have been allocated since 1977. The only wild card to win the Men’s Singles title was Croatia’s Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. No wild card has won the Ladies’ Singles title.

And Wimbledon isn’t Wimbledon without a Pimm’s and strawberries! In fact it’s the largest single annual sporting catering operation, with 2200 staff, carried out in Europe. Average quantities supplied by Championships’ caterers, FMC, include 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s, 28,000 kg (140,000 servings) of English strawberries, 25,000 scones and 10,000 litres of dairy cream!

With the queue starting from 8am on Sunday 2 July, The Championship is sure to whet the appetite of all Wimbledon fans!

Did you know?
Rufus, a Harris Hawk, visits the Club most weeks in the year to provide a deterrent to local pigeons by making aware of a predator in the grounds to persuade them to roost elsewhere. Trained by Imogen Davis of Avian Control, Rufus flies for one hour at 9.00am most mornings of The Championships before the gates open.

The first Championships took place in 1877

In 1884 the first Ladies’ Championships took place

39,000 spectators are in the grounds at any one time

Around 6,000 staff are taken on each year for the Championships

 

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