Wimbledon Tennis Championship Traditions:
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event which is still played on a natural surface i.e. on a grass court. It is also the oldest event of its own kind. Even after 132 years of its existence, Wimbledon is still played in its natural form, on a natural court.
Reference to the Players
Unlike other championships, the reference to the players in the Wimbledon championship still holds the same charm.
The ‘All England Club’ accepted the colors of green and purple as the club official colors in 1909 and until 2006, every single official, including umpires, linesmen and ball boys and girls, were dressed in green. After this, the dress code changed for the first time, when the club approached American designer Ralph Lauren for designing all the official outfits in navy blue and cream. However, the rule of all white uniform still exists for the players, since 1877.
The royal family of England has an old connection with ‘All England Club’. In the last century, they came up as ardent supporters of Wimbledon Championship many times.
Initially, it was a trend that the winners of the gentlemen’s events were presented with a lot more prize money than their female counterparts. However, the famous player of current times, Venus Williams of USA led dominant protests against this variance and in 2007; the organizers of the tournament, All England Lawn Tennis, dismissed the earlier practice and started awarding the same prize .
Ball Boys & Ball Girls
Ball boys and ball girls form an intrinsic part of any Wimbledon event. They play a crucial role in the tournament, by ensuring its smooth functioning. They are available at all the required places, for ensuring efficient interior management of the tournament.
Strawberry & Creams
The tradition of Strawberry and Creams is also extremely important in Wimbledon. The tradition of serving strawberry began in 1953 and the cream was added to the traditional fare in 1970. Gradually, the two of these became an essential part of the tournament.