Summer has arrived and supermarkets are racing to stock up on strawberries, cream and Pimms, which can only mean Wimbledon is back!
There aren’t many more iconic sporting events than Wimbledon, with South London virtually coming to a standstill during the tournament.
While millions of people watch All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club every year, certain facts about Wimbledon are widely known.
An average tennis fan might name Roger Federer as the player with the most men’s singles titles and Martina Navratilova with the most women’s titles.
Yet there are other more quintessentially British facts that belong to Wimbledon and here talkSPORT.com reviews some of the most unique.
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Drop a Deuce
Wimbledon is reputed to be the largest annual sports catering operation carried out in Europe.
The event uses 3,000 staff to run it, with fans consuming almost 200,000 servings of strawberries over a fortnight alone!
Considering the tiny box of 10 berries has cost £2.50 since 2010, Wimbledon organizers have raked in almost half a million from the fruit alone…
And that’s not even taking into account the more than 300,000 Champagne and Pimm’s that thirsty punters will wash them down with!
During Wimbledon, fans will consume…
- 18,061 servings of fish and chips
- 6,147 servings of pasta for competitors
- 4,242 portions of sushi for competitors
- 276,291 glasses of Pimm’s
- 29,000 bottles of Champagne
- 64,703 servings / ice cream sticks
- 191,930 servings of strawberries
- 234,416 meals served throughout the Championships
Bullets in your court
Each year, more than 54,000 tennis balls are used at Wimbledon, which is perhaps unsurprising considering.
But what might be more remarkable is the fact that the balls are kept in a refrigerated container when not in use to keep them in top condition!
Also, the balls weren’t always yellow either – they were actually originally white.
However, they were replaced in 1986 when broadcasters started showing Wimbledon in color and viewers found it difficult to see him in action.
No, I’m not referring to the court-line system but rather Wimbledon’s own mascot!
Each morning during the tournament, a Harris falcon called Rufus is released to hover above the pitch in an attempt to scare away the pigeons.
The SW19 celebrity has stolen the show since taking over from fellow hawk Hamish in 2003 and has more 10,000 Twitter followers.
“It’s basically his stomping ground, and he loves it here,” coach Imogen Davis previously told the Telegraph.
But Wimbledon’s official bird scarer caused widespread panic in 2012 when he was memorably kidnapped for three days before being found.
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