The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet club, originally known as the Croquet Club, was founded in 1868, and its first grounds were situated in Wimbledon.
In 1876 Lawn tennis was added to the activities of the club and its present name was born. A Lawn Tennis championship was introduced, and the rules of that tournament are mostly still used today.
The Championships, commonly known as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is still widely considered to be the most prestigious. It is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Since the Australian Open changed their surface from grass to the hard courts in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major tournament still played on grass.
The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July each year, culminating with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for all competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. Ball boys and girls are drawn from schools in the London district. They have an average age of fifteen and have to be nominated by their head teacher to be considered for the job, and also have to write a test on the rules and regulations of tennis, as well as pass other suitability tests.
Because of the vagaries of English weather, Wimbledon’s centre court was fitted with a retractable roof in 2009, to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.
The players with the most wins at Wimbledon have been Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, and Martina Navratilova, with Serena Williams on the way to breaking any record in the books. Prize money was first awarded in 1968, which was the first year professional players were admitted to tennis Wimbledon London, England . In 2007 Wimbledon changed the accepted formula, and introduced the same amount of prize money for both men and women, and in 2013 the winners’ prizes at Wimbledon were increased to become the biggest prizes in tennis today.
Wimbledon was also involved in a pieced of television history, when in July 1967 the first official colour television broadcast took place in the United Kingdom. Four hours of live coverage of the championships were shown on television. Today all the matches of Wimbledon held in London, England, are televised and seen all over the world every June and July.
Online betting on Tennis Matches
The primary tennis bets placed are undoubtedly on the winners of the tournaments, but there are some additional tennis bets that can be made, like which players will reach the finals, the scores of individual matches or the number of sets played in any particular match.
Some bookmakers, or sports book sites will also allow punters to choose losers of particular matches and finals. Tennis betting can be extremely lucrative, but players are advised to do some research before placing a bet. There are nowadays many online sports betting sites available to people wishing to place a bet. Good betting sites will also make sure there are no complications regarding making deposits or withdrawing winnings.