Qualifying begins: 20 June
The Draw: 24 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 25 & 26 June
Order of Play: 26 June
Championships begin: 27 June
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Aces – most (All time)
Men: 212 - Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 2001
Ladies: 80 - Serena Williams (USA) 2015
Aces – most (2015)
Men: 165 - Ivo Karlovic (from four matches).
Ladies: 80 - Serena Williams (from seven matches).
Total attendance for the 13 days of The Championships: 484,391
Ball Boys and Ball Girls
Around 250 from around 750 entries come through a rigorous training routine.
54,250 used during The Championships period. Stored at 68 deg F. New balls after first seven games (to allow for warm-up), then after every 9 games. Subject to availability after use balls sold daily to LTA-affiliated clubs and to spectators in the grounds. £2.50 per can of three. Proceeds go to LTA's Wimbledon Balls for Schools Scheme. Yellow balls used for first time in 1986. At start of day 48 tins taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts and 24 on all outside courts.
BBC is the host broadcaster. Agreement extended in 2011 to 2017 inc.
Global news access audience estimated at over 1bn people in 200 territories.
Broadcast figures 2015
Digital figures 2015
39,000 spectators in the grounds at any one time.
Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (1800 staff) carried out in Europe. Average quantities supplied by Championships' caterers FMC.
Clothing - players
Predominately in white rule introduced in 1963. 'Almost entirely in white rule' introduced in 1995. Clothing submitted to Club for comment earlier in year. Both Grand Slam and WTA rules stipulate recognised tennis attire. Decision on the day as to whether clothing/players' turnout is suitable at discretion of Referee. Guidelines:
Centre Court Roof stats
Courts grass (gen) 2015
41 in total. 19 Championships grass courts (Centre + Nos 1-19, less 13) plus 22 grass practice courts in Aorangi Park and at Southlands College.
Capacity of 11,393. Play scheduled to start at 1.00pm all days.
Centre Ct: Stadium – 110m long x 119m wide x 19m high. Area of grass - 41m x 22m.
No.1 Court: Stadium - 121m long x 121 wide x `18 m high. Area of grass as Centre Ct.
All lines are 50mm wide, except base lines which are 100mm.
Centre: New translucent cover in 1998. Weighs 1 ton (wet & dry) and takes 16 people approx 30 seconds to cover the court. Cover allows a greater amount of light to the grass. Air ventilation under the cover is aided by four large fans (two at each end).
No.1: New translucent cover in 1999. Weight etc as Centre. No.2 Court takes 8 coverers, all other courts have 6 coverers.
2016: Monday 27 June - Sunday 10 July
2017: Monday 26 June - Sunday 9 July
At Club on Friday 24 June 2016, 10.00am
Gentlemen's Singles: 128 places (inc 32 seeds, 16 qualifiers, 8 wild cards)
Ladies' Singles: 128 (inc 32 seeds, 12 qualifiers, 8 wild cards)
Gentlemen's, Ladies' Doubles - 64 pairs, Mixed Doubles – 48 pairs
Fastest Serve (2015)
Men: Sam Groth - 147 mph.
Ladies: Lucie Hradecka - 123 mph.
Fastest Serve (All Time)
Men: 148mph - Taylor Dent – 2010
Women: 129mph - Venus Williams - 2008
Over 50,000 plants supplied each year.
Ivy on Centre Court is Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus Tricuspidaca Veitchii.
Championships playing height 8mm. Court grass composed of 100% rye grass (changed from 70% rye/30% red fescue in Sept 2000 for better wear and tear properties).
Church Road site: 13.5 acres. Plus car parks: 42 acres
Rufus, a Harris Hawk, trained by Wayne and Imogen Davis of Avian Control. Visits the Club most weeks in the year to provide a deterrent to local pigeons by making aware of a predator in the grounds to persuade them to roost elsewhere. Flies for one hour (9.00am) most mornings of The Championships before the gates open.
Electronic line calling system introduced on Centre and No.1 Cts in 2006. In 2015 covers Centre Court, No.1 Ct, No.2 Ct, No.3 Ct, Court 12, Court 18.
Hawk-Eye – Challenges (singles only) 2015
Men made 4551 Challenges and 146 were correct, a 26.5% success rate.
Ladies made 307 Challenges of which 83 were correct, a 27.04% success rate.
The screen is 40 sq metres in size
Live @ Wimbledon
662 during Fortnight
3,250 media accredited (600 press, 2,450 broadcast personnel, 200 photographers and photographic support staff).
Membership of Club
The top selling items in the Wimbledon Shop were:
Open every day 10:00-17:30. Closed Fri/Sat/Sun before, middle Sunday of and Monday after event. Access during event only for people already in Grounds.
Official Suppliers 2016
Order of play
Decided by Referee and published around 6.00pm daily.
Players (2015) inc qualifying
Prize Money (2015)
Singles Champions: £1.88m. Total: £26.5m.
Mon 20 - Thurs 23 June 2016
Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton.
The Queue and General Security
Championships stringing team string on average over 2,000 rackets comprising 60% for men, 40% for women. In total this adds up to over 40 miles of string.
Roof (Centre Court)
Completed in 2009. Main works commenced after 2006 Championships as part of wholesale improvements to the east side of Centre Court. No roof in 2007. New fixed roof in 2008, retractable part in 2009.
Contains 74 dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs. The Queen attended in 1957, 1962, 1977, 2010.
To be announced on Wednesday 22 June 2016, around 10.00am.
The seeds are the top 32 players on the ATP Ranking list, BUT then rearranged on a surface-based system. Since 2002 a seeding committee has not been required for the Gentlemen's Singles following an agreement made with the ATP. The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player's grass court achievements. The formula is:
Take the ATP Ranking points at 20 June 2016.
Add 100% points earned for all grass court tournament in past 12 months.
Add 75% points earned for best grass court tournament in 12 months before that.
The seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the comittee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw.
Around 6,000 staff are taken on for Championships:
Strawberries & Cream
Times of Play
Championships recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.
Announced w/c Monday 13 June 2016. Awarded at discretion of Championships Committee. Usually to British players nominated by LTA or special circumstances (eg Goran Ivanisevic in 2001 or a recent Champion whose ranking has fallen through injury). Eight available in both Men's & Ladies' Singles.