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A Game To Love- Wimbledon 2019

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It's that time of the year again-the Wimbledon fornight is in full swing and certainly a few  talking points thus far:


Whilst most of the established players going strong  it is the young guns who have been making the headlines, we've had Zverev ,Tsitipas and Thiem faltering even if they did have challengers early on.   Querrey v Thiem was one of the first round picks (Thiem French Open finalist for the past few years, whilst Querrey had big wins on  the SW19 grass before putting out Djokovic in 2016 and Murray in 2017.    In the initial stages it was very competitive with two breakers, but the American ran away with in the end  losing only three games in the last two sets. Once Dom's serve was broken he succumbed to the pressure and the American went from strength to strength.   Possibly still a bit flat after the French ,though the grass is a bit of a challenge for Thiem and he really needs to shorten his swings on the surface.


On the other hand 15 year old qualifier Coco Goff has been creating a lot of buzz with her sensational 6-4,6-4  win over Venus Williams in the opening round. She really took it  to the former champion  with her serve and groundstokes, showing little sign of being phased on a big court, instead she was simply inspired.  That being said, Venus has not had a great season and just was not consistent enough on the day with the challenge she was facing. Wonder if we will see her at the Championships for much longer.   The no2 seed and double Grand Slam  Naomi Osaka needed some of the carefree  attitude but instead was shackled and produced quite a few wild errors in a defeat to the  canny Russian Putinseva who she has struggled with before in a disappointing 7-6,6-2 defeat. There was also a disapppinting display from Gabrine Muguruza who has dropped to 26 in the rankings and at the moment looking a shadow of her former self.


Disappointment for the British No1 Kyle Edmund as he went down 4-6,4-6,7-6,6-,6-4 to spaniard Fernando Verdasco who admittedly is a tough competitor.   However Kyle seems in complete control of the match , leading 3-1 and 40-0 before bad errors put the set in the balance and then the match turned. Edmund did have a unfortunate slip in closing stages of 3rd   and leg required treatment (previous injuries this season) so may have been a factor and the strength was lacking, however still frustrating!  Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie still in it for now  (though think only Evans has much chance of going further and he has 18th seed  Basilashvili with Norrie  with tough task against Nishikori ).  Johanna Konta who done well at French  in reaching semis  in contention (would play Sloane Stephens mind you in 3rd Round  if she wins today who she got better of in Rolland Garros)  Young Jay Clark won a round but has to face Federer today . We also lost the 3 times Grand Slam Champion Stan Wawrinka in a lengthy battle  with  a giant killer (bit of pun there :smiling-face: )  in the shape of 21 year old American Reilly Opelka.   The blockbuster match today  Thursday  is Rafael Nadal (12 times French champion and double Wimbledon champion though last success in 2010) v the mercurial Australian Nick Kygrios .  The Aussie certainly can play an exciting brand of tennis but can also have strange performances and lose the plot,several times when he's lacked application.  Still he tends to perform better when playing the big names and they share the honours in their 6 matches. Kygrios won their first meeting at Wimbledon in 2014 and the last one in Alcupulco this February,whilst two of Rafa's three wins  have been crushing ones.


Andy Murray returning to action in doubles, partnerng Herbert in Men's and now confirmed that he will team up with Serena Williams in The Mixed.   He could also face  Jamie if they both progress to 3rd Round of Men's (Jamie only recently started new partnership with Neal Skupski)    He is akso in Mixed with Bethanie Mattek Sands,though they are in other half of draw.





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The drama has continued in the second Rounds     Defending champion Angie Kerber   (who beat Serena in last year's final)  was knocked out in a bit of  a shocker by the lucky loser  Lauren Davis of the states .  No sign of what was to come when the German easily took the first set 6-2 with Davis having a bit of a physical issue but once she got her form going in the 2nd was able to dictate play with a more assertive game and put Angelique under pressure with her slice.  Kerber is usually strong on defence but the errors began to mount, she looked flat and just did not have the resistance when it went to a decider.    It was a bit of a sad exit when she lost the third 6-1, though certainly Davis must get a lot of credit.


Serena Williams had a tough  test and was a bit out of sorts in losing the first set 6-2 to Juvan but once got her game going the result was in little doubt ,though needed two bites of the cherry to close out the final set 6-4.




The  popcorm match with  Nadal and kygrios pretty much  lived up to the billing , even if did not go the distance and was decided in 4 sets in  Nadal's favour   6-3,3-6,7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3).    The spanard got off to the better start and kept the Australian on the defensive  with his movement and power game, whilst being re;atively strong with his delivery and Kugrios was muttering about Rafa's timekeeping and would  later rant to the umpire at times.   A bit of spice in this one, with some history between the two.   Anyway in the 2nd set Nick's serve was more effective and  had more explosive winners, even with a bit of loose play and threw in the odd underarm serve which did not go down well with some, a few antics. Clear this was going to be a battle and the 3rd and 4th sets were hotly contested but no breaks and felt Kygrios needed to create an opening in the 4th and Nadal upped his level when it counted. Whilst the Australian won all of their previous breakers could not prevail in any of them here and did not get best starts .   A few sloppy errors in the 4th breaker cost him but he had come to the party, after some indifferent performances lately. On another note it was reported that Kygrios was in  a bar  at 11 PM  the previous evening. After the match Nick stated he does not feel he can win a slam at present, sday she does not train every day but knows he needs to improve.


Former finalist Marian Cilic though did not fare so well going down in straighr sets to Jao sousa, the Portugese players has  a sold game but on form Cilic would not have a problem with this type of opponent, seems to be more of a confidence issue with the Croatian at  the moment as he could just not get into this match.


We seen the  return of Andy Murray to Wimbledon as he started his Doubles campaihn with french player Herbert, it was a bit of an uncertain start as their opponents Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert    won the first set 6-4 and the  bigger mames were a bit uncertain in their approach. However as the match progressed they gellled much better and Hebert's pedigree combined with Murray's returns/skills proved a winning combination.    some sublime stuff in the 4th played under the roof which they won 6-0!


Still British interest in the singles as we reach the last 32, Johanna konta was a comfortale winner  in a 6-3,6-4 success over Siniakova with effective serve and punishing groundstrokes though her opponet slipped twice.   Dan Evans had an upset win over the 18th seed  Nikolox Basilashvili   and his all round game  was too much for the  Georgian who is not at best on grass and had struggled  to overcome James Ward in the previous round.    Straight sets and whikst 3rd could have been  morecomfortable was decisive in the breaker. Harriet dart also progressed with 3 set win over Haddad  Maia but will now face the top seed  Ash Barty who has been in commanding form.



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Last 32


Some excitement in the 3rd Round action over Friday/saturday. Another top seed in the shape of last year's finalist Kevin Anderson was to fall by the wayside.   However fair to say not many expected the South African to have a similar run as has been suffering with an elbow injury all season  and was out of action entirely for three months.   Whilst Pella more comfortable on other surfaces he also upset Cilic at Sw19 last year  and was far steadier putting Kevin under pressure with his baseline game and Anderson's serve was just not as effective.


The defending champion Novak Djokovic had it tough with  Poland's Hubert Hurkacz , one of those considered to be a prospect.  Djokovic was not at his best  and Hurkacz went toe for toe with him in the rallies fot two sets, Novak's serve at times was  not at the optimum level.   However the young star could not quite keep it going and the world  no1 found another level.   A minor upset as Novak's next opponent will be Hugo Umpert who  put out the  more favoured Felix Auger-Aliassime




Coco Gauff continued to make the headlines , though for a while her chances of making Manic Monday seemed remote.  Whilst she started her first outing on centre court comfortably enough the  Slovenian Palona Hercog soon put under pressure with more powerful hitting and an effective serve, the American becoming more prone to error.  However she tightened up with victory in sight and  Gauff found an opening, coped with the slice better and extended the rallies so doubt crept into her opponent and she had an injury to contend with.  Whilst able to fight back in the 3rd from break down Coco was the braver and earned a well deserved 3-6,7-6,7-5 win.  Quite a few entertaining  points , though some periods of somewhat cagey play.  Faces 7th seed Simona Halep next who had easier than expected 6-3,6-1 win over Victoria Azarenka. Briish interest continued as Johanna Konta came from behind to beat the 9th seed Sloane Stephens for thee 4th time this year.    Fairly even initially  but Stephen's serving/basleline came became more effective and she pressurised Jo in going for too much at times, the error count began to mount.   A set down she came under attack but managed to stem gthe tide and finally get a chance to level the match. In the decider she found a high level whereas the American  game backfired so the Britishno1 ran away with the 3rd 6-1 and was in  confident mode.       In the last 16 she is up against 6th seed and former champion  Petra kvitova who has won all three matches in straights, however has little competitive match play in the past few months due to an arm injury amd there was a some doubt whether she would play the championships just before the event. 


Serena williams had it  relatively straightforward, raisinvg the level from previous rounds with straight sets win over Julia georges and top seed Ash Barty been winning very comfortably,  Brit Harriet Dart lasted less than an hour. 3rd seed Karolia Pliskova did have  a tough one over the tricky Hsieh Su-wei  with her varety and creative play but in the 3rd her dominant serve and 1 strong return game saw her through.




However  pretty big upset with Kiki Bertens falling in straights to  Strycova who admittedly likes the grass,  Caroline Wozniacki's exit less surprising and she does have rheumatoid arthritis .


Federer Nadal had fairly routine victories over   Pouille and Tsonga respectively.   Even though Nadal in fine form Tsonga could not really get his power game going effectively but is not he force he was. One of the  highly competitive matches in the tournament deciding  a last 16 place saw Belgian david Goffin just edge out Danil Medvedev, both have fairly similar games and at times it was a bit of a battle of attrition with Goffin just taking the crucial chances a bit more.


Unfortunately  Evans did not follow him, his al court game which some would say isa bit of a throw back dominated proceedings early on  over the steady baseline play of Portugese star Sousa who fought gamely and seemed to get under his skin on ocassions. Evans could not keep his foot  on the accelator and soon foun dhimself 2 sets to 1 down, foun dthe form to force a fifth but just just lost out on the physical exchanges at that point. He lead by a break in decider but his mental strength was not the best in this encounter and went down 6-4.




Doubles Action


Unfortunately not the best resulys for the Murray Brothers, Jamie went down in 5 sets in resumed first round encounter as 10th seeds with Neal Skupski though only 3rd tournament together.   Andy in conjunction with Pierre  Hughes Herbert lost out to the 6th seeds mektic/skugor in their 2nd Round contest. They were setting the pace early on taking the firstg on tiebreaker and had chances to break through in the second but seeded pair got stronger as match went on whilst the Brit/french combination level then dropped somewhat and were not as effective on serve/return  or volleys. Some commentators though felt they did not gel so well,Andy was playing with different partners in each of the grass court events.


However better luck thus in mixed, Jamie through with Bethanie mattek sands and Andy and serena  had fairly easy and seemed to enjoy the ocassion, combination seemed good match.


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Thought I'd put a few link for photos and videos clips, including some entertaining stuff and quirky moments!





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Gave some similar information last year but thought I'd include,  some stats from the Championships  (from Wimbledon Website but thought I'd put in directly here)


Facts and Figures on frequently asked topics about The Championships.

Most (all time)

Gentlemen: 214 - John Isner (USA) 2018

Ladies: 102 - Serena Williams (USA) 2012

Most (The Championships 2018)

Gentlemen: 214 - John Isner (USA)

Ladies: 48 - Serena Williams (USA) 

Attendance (2018)

Total attendance was 473,169 across 13 days. (473,372 attended The Championships 2017 across 13 days)

Ball Boys and Ball Girls

Around 250 from around 1,000 entries come through a rigorous training routine.


Part of the longest partnership in sporting goods history, Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis balls to The Championships since 1902.

Yellow balls used for first time in 1986. 53,000 used during The Championships’ period. Stored at 68 deg F. New balls after first seven games (to allow for warm-up), then after every nine games. Subject to availability used balls are sold daily. £2.50 per can of three. Proceeds go to the Wimbledon Foundation. At start of day 48 tins are taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts and 24 on all outside courts.

Broadcast (2018)

For the first time in The Championships' history, under Wimbledon Broadcast Services, all 18 Championships Courts were televised, made up of 11 ‘manned’ camera courts and seven 'robotic' camera courts

Another landmark saw Centre Court televised in 4K High Dynamic Range for the first time

Broadcast viewing figures

BBC had a cumulative audience reach of 26 million, with their highest peak for the third round match between Novak Djokovic vs Kyle Edmund, which achieved 6.54 million

BBC’s coverage of the Singles Finals peaked at 4.6 million for the Ladies' Singles Final and 4.5 million for the Gentlemen's Singles Final

In America, ESPN had a cumulative reach of 29.42 million, with their highest peak for the Ladies' Singles Final reaching 2.910 million

Capacity (Grounds)

39,000 spectators in the grounds at any one time. Re-selling of used/unwanted tickets for charity creates turnover so the cumulative daily figure can be higher.

Champions' Dinner

Instigated in 1977 when the LTA Ball previously held on the final evening of The Championships was moved to the middle Saturday.

The tradition of dancing between the two Singles Champions ceased then.

In 2018, Champions' Dinner was held at the Guildhall.

Charity (2018)

£406,000 – money raised from the Ticket Resale scheme in 2018, whereby Show Court tickets no longer required are re-sold to spectators already in the Grounds, including match funding of £170,000 from Official Supplier HSBC. Proceeds distributed to charities through the Wimbledon Foundation’s grant programmes.

See Wimbledon Foundation for more.

Clothing - players

The “predominately in white” rule was introduced in 1963 before the “almost entirely in white rule” was brought in in 1995. Accessories were included in the rule from 2014. Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.

Both Grand Slam and WTA rules stipulate recognised tennis attire. Decision on the day as to whether clothing/players’ turnout is suitable at discretion of Referee. Click here to view our clothing and equipment rules in full.

Coin Toss - 2018


Tia Carter, aged 11, will perform the coin toss.

Tia will be representing the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund provides support to serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants, including grants to help with financial difficulty and living independently, support with care needs, welfare breaks and support for RAF children through their Airplay programme


Joshua Bills, aged 11, will perform the coin toss.

Joshua will be representing The Fire Fighters Charity. Formed during the Second World War to support the bereaved families of firefighters who died during the Blitz, today The Fire Fighters Charity provides health and wellbeing services to serving and former members of the fire community and their families.

Court (Centre)

14,979 seats. 

Finals matches scheduled to be played on Centre Court:

Saturday 14 July 2018: Ladies' Singles, Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles

Sunday 15 July 2018: Gentlemen's Singles, Mixed Doubles

Court (Centre) - roof stats

- 8 litres per second of fresh air per person pumped into the bowl to manage the environment

- 9 chiller units required to cool the air

- 10 minutes (maximum) that the roof takes to close

- 10 trusses holding up the roof

- 16 metres (height of the roof above the court surface)

- 30 minutes: maximum time expected before play can start/continue after the roof is closed and the internal environment is controlled and stabilised

- 43mph: wind speed up to which the roof can be deployed/retracted

- 70 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses without extra parts

- 77 metres: the span of the moving roof trusses (width of football pitch = 68m)

- 100 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses with all extras – eg motors, locking arms

- 100 percent of the roof’s fabric is recyclable

- 214 MM per second - maximum speed of truss deployment

- 1,200 extra seats installed in 2008

- 3,000 tonnes: combined weight (both fixed and moving) of the roof

- 5,200 square metres, area of retractable roof when fully deployed

- 7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof

- 15,000: maximum spectator capacity

- 143,000 litres per second: total amount of conditioned air that the air-management system supplies to the bowl

- 290 million: number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court with the roof closed

Courts grass (gen) 2018

40 in total. 18 Championships grass courts (Centre + Nos 1-18, less 13) plus 20 grass court practice courts in Aorangi Park and at Southlands College (reduced from 22 due to No.1 Court Project).

Court (No.1)

Capacity of 12,345. Play scheduled to start at 1.00pm all days.

Courts (dimensions)

Centre Ct: Stadium – 110m long x 119m wide x 19m high. Area of grass - 41m x 22m.

No.1 Court: Stadium - 121m long x 121 wide x 18 m high. Area of grass as Centre Ct.

All lines are 50mm wide, except base lines which are 100mm.

Court Covers

Centre: New translucent cover in 1998. Weighs 1 tonne (wet & dry) and takes 16 people approx 30 seconds to cover the court. Cover allows a greater amount of light to the grass. Air ventilation under the cover is aided by four large fans (two at each end).

No.1: New translucent cover in 1999. Weight etc as Centre. No.2 Court takes 8 coverers, all other courts have 6 coverers.


2019: Monday 1 July – Sunday 14 July

Digital figures

- Unique devices – 13.5m (18m in 2017)

- Visits – 49.5m (69.9m in 2017)

- Page views – 345m (436m in 2017)

- App downloads: 1.2m (1.3m in 2017)

- Pre-event video views: 30m (39m in 2017)

- Championships video views: 210m (180m in 2017)

- Social media audience - 11.5m

Fastest Serves

All Time

Gentlemen: 148mph - Taylor Dent, USA (2010)

Ladies: 129mph - Venus Williams, USA (2008)


Gentlemen: 147mph - Milos Raonic, CAN

Ladies: 125mph - Serena Williams, USA

Food & Drink

39,000 spectators in the Grounds at any one time. This is the maximum and will vary daily depending on the number of courts in play, weather conditions etc. Re-selling of used/unwanted tickets for charity creates turnover so the cumulative daily figure can however be higher.

Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (3,000 staff) carried out in Europe. Average quantities of food and drink served at The Championships are below.

- Bananas (players) - 2,195kg

- Champagne - 21,917 bottles

- Fish & Chips - 17,170 portions

- Ice creams - 76,603

- Pasta (players) - 4,235 portions

- Pimm’s - 303,277 glasses

-Sandwiches/baguettes - 72,142

- Scones - 110,225

- Strawberries & Cream - 166,055 portions

- Tea & Coffee - 307,277 cups

- 117,507 pints of draught beer and lager

- 34,572 litres of milk

- 23,630 pizzas

- 2,198 afternoon tea hampers

- 9,848 litres of dairy cream


Over 50,000 plants supplied each year. 

Ivy on Centre Court is Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus Tricuspidaca Veitchii.


Championships playing height 8mm. Court grass composed of 100% rye grass.

Grounds (size)

Church Road site: 13.5 acres.

Plus car parks: 42 acres.


Rufus, a Harris Hawk, trained by Imogen Davis of Avian Control. 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. Flies for one hour (9.00am) most mornings of The Championships before the gates open.


Electronic line calling system introduced on Centre and No.1 Cts in 2006. In 2018 covered Centre Court, No.1 Ct, No.2 Ct, No.3 Ct, Ct 12 and Ct 18.

Large Screen TV

The screen is 40 sq metres in size.

Longest Match

- 2010, Court 18, played over 3 days

- John Isner (USA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68

- 11 hours 05 minutes duration

- Final set lasted 491 minutes (8hrs 11mins), 1hr 38mins longer than the previous longest match in tennis history

- 980 points played in total – Mahut won 502 and Isner 478 of them (Serena Williams won 789 points over seven rounds to win the Ladies’ Singles)

- Isner served the most aces in a match – 113

- 123 balls used


675 during Fortnight.

Match Schedule



3,250 media accredited (530+ press, 2,500 broadcast personnel, 200+ photographers and photographic support staff).

Membership of Club

- Five categories: Full, Life, Honorary, Temporary and Junior Temporary

- Full and Life Membership limited to 375 (the number of seats in the old Worple Road stand). All enjoy full privileges.

- Hon members elected by the Committee and mostly past singles champions and other people who have given special service to the sport.

- Around 120 Temp members also elected by the Committee. Renewed annually.

- To become a member must be proposed seconded and supported by 4 existing Full Members, all of whom are required to write in support of the application.

- Waiting list of about 1000 dating back many years. 


During The Championships 2018, more than 151,500 retail transactions took place in the Wimbledon Shop, including:

- 438,349 products sold

- 56,487 baseball caps and panama hats

- 25,472 Championships’ towels

- 19,144 crossed rackets logo t-shirts

- 16,178 sweatbands

- 2,224 personalised embroideries on baseball caps and Championships’ towels totaling 2.9 million individual stitches

- Five 18ct white gold diamond tennis bracelets

Middle Sunday

There is usually no play scheduled on Middle Sunday to allow the courts to recover from intensive use of Week One and be thoroughly watered to ensure optimum performance in Week Two. Play has taken place on Middle Sunday on four occasions: in 1991, 1997, 2004, 2016.


- Chairman: Philip Brook (2011)

- Chief Executive: Richard Lewis (2012)

- Referee: Andrew Jarrett (2006)

- Chief of Umpires: Adrian Wilson (2016)

- Head of Courts and Horticulture: Neil Stubley (2012)

Official Suppliers 2018 (14)

- Slazenger Official Ball (began in 1902)

- Robinsons Official Still Soft Drink (began in 1935)

- Rolex Official Timekeeper (began in 1978)

- IBM Official Supplier of Information Technology (began in 1990)

- Lanson Official Champagne (began in 2001)

- Ralph Lauren Official Outfitter (began in 2006)

- HSBC Official Banking Partner (began in 2008)

- Evian Official Bottled Water (began in 2008)

- Lavazza Official Coffee (began in 2011)

- Stella Artois Official Beer (began in 2014)

- Jaguar Official Car (began in 2015)

- Häagen-Dazs Official Ice Cream (began in 2016)

- Pimm's (began in 2017)

- American Express (began in 2018)

Order of Play

Decided by Referee and published around 6.00pm daily.

Players (2018) inc qualifying

790 players

Prize Money (2018)

See here for full details.

Qualifying event

Mon 24 - Thurs 27 June 2019

Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton.

The Queue and General Security

- £5.00 fee (proceeds donated to charity) levied on storage of camping kit.

- Ground entry security procedures will be at an appropriately high level.

- On-day sales queue in Wimbledon Park leading to off-site search/scanning operation.

- All ticket holders searched on entry.

- Only one bag per ticket holder allowed. No larger than 16x12x12ins (40x30x30cm).

- No hard-sided items (picnic hampers, briefcases, cool-boxes, flasks, opaque bottles) allowed into the grounds.

- No Left Luggage facilities inside the grounds.

Racket Stringing

Championships stringing team string on average over 2,000 rackets comprising 60% for men, 40% for women. In total this adds up to over 40 miles of string.

Roof (Centre Court)

Completed in 2009. Main works commenced after The Championships 2006 as part of wholesale improvements to the east side of Centre Court. No roof in 2007, new fixed roof in 2008, retractable part in 2009.

Roof (No.1 Court)

Work started in August 2016. Scheduled for completion in 2019. There was a fixed, partial roof in 2017. New fixed roof in 2018, retractable element and fully operational in 2019.

Royal Box

Contains 74 dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs. The Queen attended in 1957, 1962, 1977, 2010. 



The seeds are the top 32 players on the ATP Ranking list, BUT then rearranged on a surface-based system. Since 2002 a seeding committee has not been required for the Gentlemen’s Singles following an agreement made with the ATP. The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player’s grass court achievements. It is based on giving additional credit for grass court performance in the 2 year period immediately before the date used for seeding for The Championships. The formula is:

- Take the ATP Ranking points at 26 June 2019
- Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the immediate past 12 months period prior to 26 June 2019.
- Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months prior to that


The seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw.


Around 6,000 staff are taken on for Championships, including:

- Ball boys & girls: 250

- Ball distributors: 9

- Court attendants: 168

- Data Collectors: 50

- Dressing room attendants: 30

- Facilities management: 53

- Food & Drink: 3,000

- Groundstaff: 31

- Housekeeping staff: 400

- Media staff: 22

- Physio and massage therapists: 22

- Podiatrists: 2

- Referee’s Office: 16

- Stewards (Honorary): 215

- Stewards (Service & London Fire Brigade): 619

- Transport service: 355

- Umpires, Chair and Line & management: 370

Strawberries & Cream

- Price for a portion of a minimum of 10 strawberries and cream at Wimbledon has remained at £2.50 per serving for seven years, since 2010.

- 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream were consumed during The Championships 2018.

- Always Grade 1 English strawberries of the highest quality from Kent.

- From LEAF-registered farms (LEAF is a charity promoting Integrated Farm Management balancing organic with chemical practices).

- To ensure the utmost freshness, strawberries are picked at 4.00am, collected from the packing plant at 9.00am and are delivered to the Club for inspection and hulling. They are then enjoyed by guests on the same day

The Wimbledon Channel

The Wimbledon Channel, featured on and on social media, provides live video and radio coverage of The Championships from 9am to close of play, including news from around the Grounds, behind-the-scenes interviews and features with players and Wimbledon personalities, weather reports and score updates.

Presented from a variety of locations including The Queue, Centre Court, The Hill, the Kids’ Zone, and a Centre Court commentary box, the channel shows off the full breadth of being on the Grounds at The Championships through a series of segments, including Breakfast at Wimbledon, the Lunch Hour, the Daily Debate, and Wimblewatch Live.

The Wimbledon Channel is available on, the Official Wimbledon Apps, YouTube, Twitter and selected segments on Facebook.

In addition, Wimbledon continues to partner with the BBC and ESPN to provide live streaming for British and American viewers. Visitors to in the UK were able to watch the BBC’s coverage of Centre Court, while visitors to in the US were able to watch all of ESPN’s coverage.

The Wimbledon Channel was also live from Qualifying in 2018.



Tickets (resales)

Wimbledon Foundation - Ticket Resale for charity

- Since 1954, money raised from returned tickets has been donated to charity.

- Unwanted tickets recycled via collection from red boxes or bar code scan.

- Re-sold to people in the grounds. Priced at £15 for Centre Court and No.1 Court, £10 for No.2 Court.

- £406,000 – money raised from the Ticket Resale scheme in 2018, whereby Show Court tickets no longer required are re-sold to spectators already in the Grounds, including match funding of £170,000 from Official Supplier HSBC. Proceeds distributed to charities through the Wimbledon Foundation’s grant programmes

Times of Play

- Grounds open at 10:30am.

- Start on Courts 2-18 scheduled for 11am daily

- Start on Centre and No.1 Court scheduled for 1pm daily except for the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Finals at 2.00pm.

- Close of play: Approx 9pm depending on weather, light and matches state.


- Gentlemen’s Singles – Challenge Cup (since 1887)

- Ladies’ Singles – Ladies’ Singles Plate (since 1886)

Umpires, Chair and Line

- 360 officials working at The Championships in total of which 140 are from overseas. 40 dedicated Chair Umpires, 6 Technical Advisors and 12 Review Official with the remainder being Line Umpires.

- British Officials are all members of the Association of British Tennis Officials.


Championships recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.

Wild Cards

Awarded at the discretion of The Championships’ Committee who take into account LTA recommendations regarding British players. Overseas players may also be considered based on past performance and ranking, or recent record that has caused significant ranking gain since the close of Wimbledon entries, particularly if that has been achieved on grass. 


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Are they putting something in their tennis players' water Down Under? Wimbledon 2019: Bernard Tomic fined for not meeting 'professional standards' (Seems like Tomic has got form though: Wimbledon 2017: Bernard Tomic 'bored' during defeat by Mischa Zverev :face-with-tears-of-joy:)


Regarding the Brits, Konta seems to be carrying some positive momentum from her French Open run. Great to see (Sir) Andy Murray back in action. Heartbreaking to watch him break down earlier in the year when he thought his playing career was over. Playing in both sets of doubles is a sensible approach IMO - both physically and mentally/emotionally.


Coco Gauff's been the surprise (and media darling) of the tournament so far for me - despite her eventual exit to Halep. Her defeat of Venus felt a little like the older generation passing the torch to the new... but maybe that's just the spin. Hopefully, she's not just a flash-in-the-pan and is indeed here to stay. 


(Plus, Ioving the thread title, @JAMES4578 . :winking-face:)

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Are they putting something in their tennis players' water Down Under? Wimbledon 2019: Bernard Tomic fined for not meeting 'professional standards' (Seems like Tomic has got form though: Wimbledon 2017: Bernard Tomic 'bored' during defeat by Mischa Zverev :face-with-tears-of-joy:)


Regarding the Brits, Konta seems to be carrying some positive momentum from her French Open run. Great to see (Sir) Andy Murray back in action. Heartbreaking to watch him break down earlier in the year when he thought his playing career was over. Playing in both sets of doubles is a sensible approach IMO - both physically and mentally/emotionally.


Coco Gauff's been the surprise (and media darling) of the tournament so far for me - despite her eventual exit to Halep. Her defeat of Venus felt a little like the older generation passing the torch to the new... but maybe that's just the spin. Hopefully, she's not just a flash-in-the-pan and is indeed here to stay. 


(Plus, Ioving the thread title, @JAMES4578 . :winking-face:)

Thanks @AntS :winking-face:  Yes Tomic has form as they say.   Some other controversies  too, in 2012  he was fined by police twice in one day and later failed to stop in his BMW,  the end result of this was being fined  and being put on  a 12 month good behaviour bond.  In 2015 he was arrested after a  wild party when he when he was aggressive and refused to leave the penthouse at a hotel.  


oh and in 2013 his father headbutted his practice partner Thomas Drouet  , resulting  in a broken nose and the Frenchman needed stiches to close a cut above the eye.   This happened in Spain and he only received a suspended prison sentence. Just  last month he was arrested for drink driving on the Gold Coast (abeit he was marginally over the limit-though not an excuse)


Konta done well  and was tough in key moments with Kvitova but faltered  against  Strycova in quarters, will update a few matches later.   Serena  came through a  fairly tough three setter over Riske who upset Barty, but was a bit disappointed at the time anyway when I knew that match up would not take place ) Great to see Andy back when it looked bleak not so long ago, whilst out in Men's  through  to last 16 now in Mixed-Murena (as they have been coined won in straights) Has been some speculation that he may play single at Us Open,though think that may be a bit soon.   An update-Andy himself thinks unlikely to play singles at The Open and unsure if would go just for Doubles.


 Coco Gauff has I think caught the public imagination, though possibly a bit too much hype in some quarters.  whilst big things are not guarateed many see her as a great prospect but it will take a bit of time.  She has had an agent since she was 13 -Tony Godsick who also represents  Federer, Del Potro.

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Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that does not traditionally play on The Middle Sunday  (other than a few ocassions when schedules  impacted by alot of rain and they now have the two roofs anyway)  Therefore alll the singles players are in action on  the 2nd Monday which is labelled Magic or Manic Monday-thought to be one of the best days. Once  I was fortunate enough  to be there at that time, though  also enjoyed a few Men's and Women's semis  a while ago now.


The first big upset unfolded early on the day as World no1 and French Open champion Ashley Barty  after bright start soon found herself  troubled by the American Alison  Riske who forced a decider, however thought the Aussie would raose her game when it came to the key moments. However she  was somewhat flat and not really on her A game in the third set.  Riske was inspired but bit of a disappointing display from Barty as she failed to stem the tide from the middle of the 2nd . Riske took advantage of a few too many  2nd serves and was the more aggressive player in the crucial stages.  (she took a risk- forgive the pun :smiling-face: A Barty/S Williams quarter clash had long been antcipated but would not be taking place at this year's Championships.


The last match of the day also provided some drama in the Men's event as Gaudio  pella who had already knocked out anderson came from behind to put out former finalist Milos Raonic who had seemed pretty much in control  after taking the first two sets but the Argentine continued to plug away, get into the big serving canadian's  game and extend the rallies which were more to his liking and some doubt began to creep into Raonic's  game, However few would have predicted it would become such a battle and it was pella whoo emerged the winner in a bit of a  dramtic 8-6 fifth set.

Karolina's Pliskova's match with Karolina Muchova which lasted 3 hours 17 minutes had an even more dramatic set.  w Pliskova should have held the upper hand but her weapons were not as effective  with her opponet faring  actually better in that department and she was also able to put the  no 3 seed on the defensive in some rallies. Pliskova squandered several opportunities in the 3rd where she served for the match twice and in the end it was the less well known czech who prevailed in the 13-11 final act.


Another clash which created whuich entertained the crowd was between  Fernando Verdasco and David Goffin, Fernando had ended Kyle Edmund's run whilst Goffin has come into form after a string of injury problems and  a bit of a contrast in styles.   Verdasco  generally more explosive whilst Goffin with the court craft and steady play and it turned out that was more in his favour on the day as he earned the win 6-4 in the 4th.


A lot of interest in the centre court clash where Johanna Konta took on petra Kvitova and the early stages certainly live dup to the promise, generally it was quick strike tennis and initially the czech  was  abit more effective on serve but at 4 all Konta had two break points but these were saved and shen then was vuknerable on her own delivery, soon she was a set down.  However Kvitova had a bit of a loose game at the start of the 2nd and then  a long Konta game where she just held on-the set the pace for the rest of the set.  The Brit's defences were better with some sublime shots whist Petra became a bit ragged and her weapons less effective.  A few long games in the 3rd  but the pattern continued and soon Johanna was serving for the match at 5-2, however a few nerves began to creep in and Kvitova went for broke-Konta would have to try again at 5-4 but this time she wa solid and through to the quarters ending the challenge of the former champion.


By contrast it wa smooth sailing for Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Serena Williams who controlled proceedings  in their matches.  It took Federer only 73 minutes to plahy 23 games and see off Matteo Berrettini  who looked a big jaded  and had a bit of  a  nightmare, though Nadal only lost 6 games, Djokovic 8 and Serena 4 in 2 sets.


Coco Gauff could only collect 6 games from Halep though that was a bit  more of a contest, however the young American were generally overpowered and  out manovered. After breaking serve straight away Simona soon found herself 2-1 and 15-40 down but steadied the ship.   At one point Gauff appeared to have a stomach complaint and was given medication by the Doctor, this could well have been related to a bit of tension. The run was over but the 15 year old certainly made her impact and became a bit of a media star.



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Women's Quarter Finals/Doubles Round  Up


As previously mentioned and sure all will know by now Johanna Konta faltered in her quarter final clash with Czech Barbara Strycova.   Whilst she had lost their previous contest this seemed a relatively  good draw for this stage, whilst Strycova has been ranked as high as 16 currently 54 and Konta expected to be confident after her past few matches.  However with  many expecting Johanna to reach the semis that can bring  a bit of pressure and despite the ranking Strycova can be a  tricky opponent.   Tennis can often be about match ups and  some players can often fare better with particular styles.   Anyway Konta got off to an early break and was soon leading 3-0, things seemed to be going well.  However as the czech  player got i nto her stride some doubt began to creep into Johanna's  game and with a bit of a loose service game it was soon 4-3 and a Tiebreak followed.  This was fairly tight but Konta lost it 7-5, whilst a disappointment she had lost the first set in her last two matches and came storming back  .   However this time it would be different and Strycova was using variety and low balls to knock the British no1 off her stride,  Konta tends to like pace  but this was a different sort of match and  she was largely having to generate her own.  She seemed a bit lost out there and centre court was  a lonely place, she did not have the freedom  and the match was soon out of her reach as strycova took the 2nd 6-1 and was a surprise semi finalist.


Much being made about the press conference when Konta who was  annoyed by one journalist and made her feelings on his line of questioning clear , though obviously it was a bit of a bad time for her.  A bit frustrating she could not react in 2nd set  though but will hopefully learn from it. 



In the semis Strycova will meet a somewhat less surprising winner :smiling-face:  in the shape of Serena williams , however theshe faced  stiffer opposition that I expected from  Alison Riske  her felloe american who has had a great tournament  in upsetting Belinda Bencic and Ash Barty. However she has had quite quite a few tough matches even if her game is suited to grass courts. Nonetheless she started strongly  and  in the initial stages   was stronger on serve . Twice she lead by a break but some tension crept it and Serena began to read her delivery better creating some doubt with more second serves.  Williams soon had the first 6-4 and looked like she had weathered the storm,felt Riske would lose confidence.  


However in the 2nd they were both relatively strong on service and Riske's forehand was highly effective. At 4 all she hit a stunning volley to break  and we were into a decider with Serena's serve broken at the start of the 3rd but Riske was unable to maintain the momentum  and Serena responded in championship style,though aided by a double fault at 30 all.  She was pegged back from 3-1 to 3 all but crucially Serena  held for 4-3 , one crucial point was combination of drop shot to bring Riske in followed by a volley winner.  Serena finally got the job done  6-4,4-6,6-3.


The other semi will see 7th seed and former world no1 and 2018 French champion up against 8th seed Ukranian Eleni Svitolina who was a bit low on confidence coming into the championships but has made her way through the draw, abeit a few of her opponents were hampered. Whilst she has been talked up as a potential slam winner this is actually her first semi, though did win the season ending  championships last year beating Sloane Stephens in the final.


Their respective quarters followed a bit of a similar pattern in that they did not have the best starts but finished strongly.   In fact Halep was in trouble in the first set with China's Shaui Zhang at 4-1 and 15-40 down bt holding that game proved crucial as the harder hitting Zhang was putting her on the defensive but she adjusted her court positon  and he chinese player began to err on the forehand. Now it was Halep's steadier baseline play which gave her the advantage and once  took the Tie Break  7-4 the  rest of the match was comfortable. Halep through 7-6,6-1.    Many have felt the courts are a bit slower this year which helps Simona.


Svitolina found herself  5-2 down to Katerina Muchova who had played  a marathon match the previous day  but kept plugging away, extending the rallies and making her opponent  run.   Muchova has a  strong serve and all court game but as the match wore on she could not make it  as efective and not surprisingly came out 2nd best on the longer points.   Svitolina rallied to take the first 7-5 and  then moved ahead 5-2 in the 2nd-she was unable to serve it out on first ocassion as there was a final bit of resistance but it was too late and the Ukranian was through 7-5, 6-4.


In Doubles play a few tight contests, the 8th seeds kontinen and Peers came through a 5th set Breaker at 12 all in Round 3  against the Us/Brit combination of Ram/Salisbury though bit of an anti-climax as they took it 7-2 in a  7-6,6-4,3-6,4-6,13-12 success.


2nd seeds Cabal/Farah won 11-9 in the 5th over 5th seeds Rojer/Tecau and in the Women's Doubles top seeds Babos/Mlandenovic were through 2-6,6-2,9-7  over the no 7 Melichar/Pescke-these both quarters.


On to the Mixed and unfortunately Jamie Murray not having great time at SW19 this year, in resumed match in partnership with  Bethanie Matek sands  the US open winners went down to the 3rd seeds mind you  Pavic/ Dabrowski 6-4,3-6,6-3.    However Andy had better luck in conjunction with Serena as they got past Martin/Atawo 7-5,6-3 to reach the last 16 where they will face top seeds Soares/Melichar later today but think they have shot  here.   A lot of close games in the first set but once they got a read on Martin's delivery were  pretty dominant.   Both served pretty well with some awesome returns, though Serena was stronger in that department on the day.  Andy missed a few on break points but still had a few to shout about.   Edit  Not to be as   Andy/serena go down to top seeds 6-3,4-6,6-2-This one was on Court 2.      Could not quite find best form in 3rd, though Soares/Melichar produced some magic with their pedigree.



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@JAMES4578 wrote:

However with  many expecting Johanna to reach the semis that can bring  a bit of pressure and despite the ranking Strycova can be a  tricky opponent.   Tennis can often be about match ups and  some players can often fare better with particular styles.  

Indeed. A clash of styles can throw out some quite strange games and results in a few sports.


Much being made about the press conference when Konta who was  annoyed by one journalist and made her feelings on his line of questioning clear , though obviously it was a bit of a bad time for her.  A bit frustrating she could not react in 2nd set  though but will hopefully learn from it. 

I can see why she was upset. I thought the tone of the journalist’s questioning was odd: it was near accusatory rather than sympathetic or even neutrally inquisitive. I've never heard something like that from a journalist immediately post-match in any sport.


    Many have felt the courts are a bit slower this year which helps Simona.

Have there been many rain-breaks this year? I don't remember any - but I haven't been watching the whole thing. Just wondering if the weird weather we've had (hot and humid, then suddenly cold and still somewhat humid, and the occasional burst of rain) might have something to do with that perceived slowness.