Wimbledon has evolved from the venue of the Lawn Tennis Championships in 1877 to the most coveted and respected prizes in the Tennis calendar.
The tournament now attracts more than 500,000 spectators per year. Wimbledon is held exactly 6 weeks before the first Monday in August and attracts professionals from more than 60 nations. The tournament requires more than 6,000 members of working staff from umpires to Ball Boys and Girls. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet club hold the annual event and it was Croquet that originally drew the crowds during its formation in 1868.
Visitor to the courts may also be interested in visiting the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. The museums exhibits include a display on the changing of ladies fashions within the game, many pieces of equipment from the history of the game as well as the trophies and prizes from many of the games most famous clashes and events. Guided tours are offered outside of the tournament windows and the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library is opened by appointment for those who wish to view the collection of video, audio and 6,000 books on the various aspects of the sport and history.
Since Arthur Gore won the first Wimbledon men’s singles Tournament the event has been won by a string of overseas international players- In 1980 Sweden’s Bjorn Borg became the first player to win the event in 5 successive years in thrilling matches with such greats as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.