Wimbledon 2013

One of the world’s most famous tennis tournaments, the Wimbledon Championship, finished on July 7. Andy Murray (from the United Kingdom) won the men’s final, and Marion Bartoli (from France) won the women’s final. This was the first time for both the champions to win the singles title at Wimbledon. Hsieh Su-wei (from Taiwan) and Peng Shuai (from China) won the women’s doubles. Bob and Mike Bryan (both from the USA) won the men’s doubles. Bob and Mike are twin brothers, and they currently hold all the four Grand Slam titles for men’s doubles (Australian Open 2013, French Open 2013, Wimbledon 2013, and US Open 2012 – the US Open 2013 will take place later this year).

Wimbledon is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, having started in 1877. It is held over two weeks every June/July in the Wimbledon suburb of London in the United Kingdom. The matches are played on grass courts.  The tournament has a strict dress code for the players. The players are required to be in almost all white clothing. Fluorescent colors are not allowed. A popular snack consumed during the matches is strawberries and cream. During the two weeks of the tournament, about 28,000 kg (60,000 pounds) of strawberries are eaten.

Tennis scoring is very different from other games. Instead of 0,1,2,3, and so on, the scores are “love”, 15, 30, 40, and “game”. No one is quite sure why this is the case. One theory is that in the olden days, the scores were kept on the face of a clock on the court. So the hand would move from zero to 15 to 30 to 45 to 60. 60 would be the end of the game. And since ‘forty five’ was a bit long to say, it got shortened to ‘forty’. Also, the French word for egg (“l’oeuf”) was the inspiration to call zero “love”. Hmmm, do you believe it?

Here is a joke: What do you serve but not eat? A tennis ball.

You can watch some videos from the Wimbledon Championship here.

Did you know?

When women first started playing tennis at the Wimbledon tournaments, they wore long dresses all the way down to their ankles.

Image Credits: Yann Caradec for Murray’s image, Robbie Mendelson for Bartoli’s image

Sources: http://www.wimbledon.com , Wikipedia