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Wimbledon is the first and oldest tennis tournament. It started as a men’s tournament in 1877, when players were instructed to wear ‘shoes without heels’.
Strawberries and cream were served to tennis spectators at Hampton Court Palace in the 16th Now they’re a Wimbledon tradition, at the tournament we get through 10,000 litres of cream and 28,000 kg of strawberries.
According to the official Wimbledon website, to keep cool (and happy) during the tennis, fans get through 230,000 bottles of water, 320,000 glasses of Pimms, 86,000 ice creams and 29,000 bottles of champagne.
Tennis fans munch their way through a whopping 76,000 sandwiches at Wimbledon, 30,000 pizzas and 17,000 portions of fish and chips.
The fastest tennis serve recorded is an ace of 163.4 mph by Australian Samuel Groth in 2012.
The 250 ball boys and girls are known as BBGs, and they can run 3 or 4 miles during a typical match. After Wimbledon they get to keep their Ralph Lauren uniforms.
Rufus, a highly trained Harris Hawk, flies around the grounds of Wimbledon every morning during the Championships to persuade local pigeons to roost elsewhere.