Published on June 24th, 20120
Wimbledon in Numbers
With Wimbledon starting tomorrow we’ve compiled a quick ‘Wimbledon in Numbers’ guide to the all-grass tournament -
3 – Number of mornings each week during the tournament that an American Harris hawk is flown around the area to see off local pigeons.
4 -The shortest ever player at Wimbledon measured just four feet, 9½ inches. Miss CG Hoahing, from Great Britain, played in the 1930s.
8 - Less than 8 per cent of all Centre and No 1 Court seats during the fortnight are used for corporate hospitality.
14 - The youngest ever female competitor was Jennifer Capriati of the United States. She was 14 yrs, 90 days old when she made her Wimbledon debut in 1990.
19 – The All England Club has 19 courts in use for competition during the fortnight. There are 22 grass practice courts. Courts are not floodlit as dew on the grass would make them too slippery for play.
74 - The number of seats in The Royal Box.
125 – The world ranking of surprise 2001 winner Goran Ivanisevic – the first man to ever triumph as a wild card entry.
220 - The number of ballboys and girls used at The Championships. The average age is 15 years.
1877 - The year in which Wimbledon was first held.
1,200 – Seat lost when 500lb German bombs fell on Centre Court in October 1940
2009 – The year the first full match was played under the new roof – in which Andy Murray won.
150,000 – Glasses of Pimm’s are bought by spectators over the duration of the tournament.
290,000,000 - You could fit this many tennis balls into Centre Court with the roof closed.
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