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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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Most (all time)

Men: 212 - Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 2001

Ladies: 80 - Serena Williams (USA) 2015

Attendance (2016)

Total attendance was 493,928 (for 14 days, including a Middle Sunday of 24,623. 484,391 attended The Championships in 2015)

Ball Boys and Ball Girls

Around 250 from around 750 entries come through a rigorous training routine.


Yellow balls used for first time in 1986. 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 the Wimbledon Foundation. At start of day 48 tins are taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts and 24 on all outside courts.


BBC is the host broadcaster.  Agreement extended in 2016 to 2024.

Global news access audience estimated at over 1bn people in 200 territories.

Broadcast viewing figures

BBC: The Gentlemen’s Singles Final peaked at 13.3 million with a 69% peak share.  The Ladies’ Singles Final audience peak was 4.8m. On the website there were 10.2 million unique browsers and 1.9 million requests for the Wimbledon live stream. The Mixed Doubles Final featuring Heather Watson peaked at 2.8m and the Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles Final on BBC2 with Gordon Reid at peaked 1.1m

ESPN: Most-watched Wimbledon to-date on WatchESPN – up 35% vs. 2015

TSN (Canada):  The Gentlemen’s Singles Final featuring Milos Raonic became the most watched tennis match in Canada peaking at 2.4 million.

Digital figures

- Unique devices – 20.9m (21.1m in 2015)

- Visits – 69.4m (72.0m in 2015)

- Page views – 395m (542m in 2015)

- mobile .com uniques: 9.6m (8.4m in 2015)

- mobile .com visits: 23.6m (19.7m in 2015)

- mobile .com page views: 88.3m (73.7m in 2015)

- App downloads: 1.5m

- .com to apps uniques split: 93% to 7%

- .com to apps page views split: 51% to 49%

- Social media audience: 10.5m (8.5m in 2015)

- 106m video views (85m in 2015)

- Live @ Wimbledon TV: 1.5m (global excl Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany) (1.6m in 2015)

- Bespoke social media feeds in Chinese (Sina Weibo and WeChat – 65k followers), WeChat prediction game (55k users) and geo-targeted content posted in Japanese on Facebook and Line.

- Platform-specific social media activations: Facebook frame and Wimbledon experience, Facebook 360s, #Wimbledon emojis, Beat a Legend vine activation, #TheHill v #TheWorld v #TheQueue, Wimbleskills Euros challenge, Giphy channel, Live @ Wimbledon on YouTube, Pinterest Wimbledon food, Custom Snapchat filters and strawberry lens, Snapchat Wimbledon Live Stories, YouTube 3D of the finals

Capacity (grounds)

39,000 spectators in the grounds at any one time.  Re-selling of used/unwanted tickets for charity creates turnover so the cumulative daily figure can be higher.


Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (2200 staff) carried out in Europe.  Average quantities supplied by Championships’ caterers FMC are as follows:

- 330,000 cups of tea and coffee

- 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s

- 234,000 meals

- 230,000 bottles of water

- 110,000 pints of draught beer and lager

- 86,000 ice creams

- 76,000 sandwiches

- 44,000 litres of milk

- 30,000 pizzas

- 29,000 bottles of champagne

- 28,000 kg (140,000 servings) of English strawberries

- 25,000 scones

- 16,000 portions of fish and chips

- 10,000 portions of frozen yoghurt

- 10,000 litres of dairy cream

- 5,000kg of bananas

Champions' Dinner

Instigated in 1977 when the LTA Ball previously held on the final evening of The Championships was moved to the middle Saturday.

The tradition of dancing between the two Singles Champions ceased then.

 In 2017, Champions' Dinner to be held at the Guildhall.


See Wimbledon Foundation.

Clothing - players

The “predominately in white” rule was introduced in 1963 before the “almost entirely in white rule” was brought in in 1995. Accessories were included in the rule from 2014. Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.

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:

- No solid mass of colouring

- Little or no dark or bold colour

- No fluorescent colours

- Preference towards pastel colours

- Preference for back of shirt to be totally white

- Preference for shorts and skirts to be totally white

All other items of clothing including hats, socks and shoes to be almost entirely white.

Coin Toss - 2016

Performed by charities before the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles finals. 

Uma Baker-Bahl, aged 11, performed the coin toss at the Ladies’ Singles Final representing Barnado's, a charity that supports the UK’s most vulnerable children through a range of services, campaigning and research expertise. This year marks the charity’s 150th anniversary and 70 years since Dr Barnardo’s Homes began recruiting Ball Boys for a 20-year period until 1966.

Yousef Maza, aged 11, performed the coin toss at the Gentlemen’s Singles Final. Yousef represented Jigsaw4u, a local charity working to support children and young people through trauma, loss and bereavement. In 2015 Jigsaw4u was awarded a three-year grant from the Wimbledon Foundation towards a project mentoring children facing a difficult transition to secondary school.

Court (Centre)

14,979 seats. 

Finals matches scheduled to be played on Centre Court:

Saturday 15 July 2017: Ladies' Singles, Gentlemen's Doubles, Mixed Doubles

Sunday 16 July 2017: Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Doubles.

Court (Centre) - roof stats

- 8 litres per second of fresh air per person pumped into the bowl to manage the environment

- 9 chiller units required to cool the air

- 10 minutes (maximum) that the roof takes to close

- 10 trusses holding up the roof

- 16 metres (height of the roof above the court surface)

- 30 minutes: maximum time expected before play can start/continue after the roof is closed and the internal environment is controlled and stabilised

- 43mph: wind speed up to which the roof can be deployed/retracted

- 70 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses without extra parts

- 77 metres: the span of the moving roof trusses (width of football pitch = 68m)

- 100 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses with all extras – eg motors, locking arms

- 100 percent of the roof’s fabric is recyclable

- 214 MM per second - maximum speed of truss deployment

- 1,200 extra seats installed in 2008

- 3,000 tonnes: combined weight (both fixed and moving) of the roof

- 5,200 square metres, area of retractable roof when fully deployed

- 7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof

- 15,000: maximum spectator capacity

- 143,000 litres per second: total amount of conditioned air that the air-management system supplies to the bowl

- 290 million: number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court with the roof closed

Courts grass (gen) 2017

40 in total. 18 Championships grass courts (Centre + Nos 1-18, less 13) plus 22 grass practice courts in Aorangi Park and at Southlands College.

Court (No.1)

Capacity of 11,429. Play scheduled to start at 1.00pm all days.

Courts (dimensions)

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.

Court Covers

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.


2017: Monday 3 July – Sunday 16 July

2018: Monday 2 July – Sunday 15 July

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.

Grounds (size)

Church Road site: 13.5 acres.

Plus car parks: 42 acres


Rufus, a Harris Hawk, trained by 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 2016 covered Centre Court, No.1 Ct, No.2 Ct, No.3 Ct, Ct 12 and Ct 18.

Large Screen TV

The screen is 40 sq metres in size.

Live @ Wimbledon - 2016

- Enhanced video and radio digital broadcast service blending live tennis with the off-court colour allowing fans a greater interaction and engagement via

- Video service live in the UK and the Americas, and available on and mobile applications. 

- For radio listeners, the Live @ Wimbledon radio is available worldwide online, and on 3 local FM channels. Three radio channels for the user to choose from: Around the Grounds, ball-by-ball commentary from Centre Court, and No.1 Court.

Longest Match

- 2010, Court 18, played over 3 days

- John Isner (USA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68

- 11 hours 05 minutes duration

- Final set lasted 491 minutes (8hrs11mins), 1hr 38mins longer than the previous longest match in tennis history

- 980 points played in total – Mahut won 502 and Isner 478 of them (Serena Williams won 789 points over seven rounds to win the Ladies’ Singles)

- Isner served the most aces in a match – 113

- 123 balls used


674 during Fortnight.

Match Schedule



3,250 media accredited (530+ press, 2,500 broadcast personnel, 200+ photographers and photographic support staff).

Membership of Club

- Four categories: Full, Life, Honorary and Temporary.

- Full and Life Membership limited to 375 (the number of seats in the old Worple Road stand). All enjoy full privileges.

- Hon members elected by the Committee and mostly past singles champions and other people who have given special service to the sport.

- Around 120 Temp members also elected by the Committee. Renewed annually.

- To become a member must be proposed seconded and supported by 4 existing Full Members, all of whom are required to write in support of the application.

- Waiting list of about 1000 dating back many years. 


The top selling items through 158,000 retail transactions in the Wimbledon Shop were:

- 18,070 - Gentlemen’s Championships’ towel

- 15,407 - Championships’ pen

- 10,907 - Ladies’ Championships’ towel

- 7,905 - Racket key ring

- 6,944 - Championships’ magnet

- 6,144 - Yellow autograph ball medium

- 5,451 - Men’s classic logo navy cap

Middle Sunday

There is usually no play scheduled on middle Sunday to allow the courts to recover from intensive use of Week 1 and be thoroughly watered to ensure optimum performance in Week 2. Play has taken place on Middle Sunday four occasions: in 1991, 1997, 2004, 2016.


- Chairman: Philip Brook (2011)

- Chief Executive: Richard Lewis (2012)

- Referee: Andrew Jarrett (2006)

- Chief of Umpires: Adrian Wilson (2016)

- Head of Courts and Horticulture: Neil Stubley (2013)

Official Suppliers 2016 (13)

- Slazenger Official Ball (began in 1902)

- Robinsons Official Still Soft Drink (began in 1935)

- Rolex Official Timekeeper (began in 1978)

- IBM Official Supplier of Information Technology (began in 1990)

- Lanson Official Champagne (began in 2001)

- Ralph Lauren Official Outfitter (began in 2006)

- HSBC Official Banking Partner (began in 2008)

- Evian Official Bottled Water (began in 2008)

- Lavazza Official Coffee (began in 2011)

- Stella Artois Official Beer (began in 2014)

- Jaguar Official Car (began in 2015)

- Häagen-Dazs Official Ice Cream (began in 2016)

Order of Play

Decided by Referee and published around 6.00pm daily.

Players (2016) inc qualifying

757 players

Prize Money (2017)

See here for full details.

Qualifying event

Mon 26 - Thurs 29 June 2017

Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton.

The Queue and General Security

- The Queue does not start until 8:00am on Sunday 26 June.

- £5.00 fee (proceeds donated to charity) levied on storage of camping kit.

- Ground entry security procedures will be at an appropriately high level.

- On-day sales queue in Wimbledon Park leading to off-site search/scanning operation.

- All ticket holders searched on entry.

- Only one bag per ticket holder allowed. No larger than 16x12x12ins (40x30x30cm).

- No hard-sided items (picnic hampers, briefcases, cool-boxes, flasks) allowed into the grounds.

- No Left Luggage facilities inside the grounds.

Racket Stringing

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 The Championships 2006 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.  

Roof (No.1 Court)

Work started in August 2016. Scheduled for completion in 2019. There will be two very small side roofs in 2017. New fixed roof in 2018, retractable element and fully operational in 2019.

Royal Box

Contains 74 dark green Lloyd Loom wicker chairs.  The Queen attended in 1957, 1962, 1977, 2010. 



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 22 June 2016

- Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months

- Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that.


The seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw.


Around 6,000 staff are taken on for Championships, including:

- Ball boys & girls: 250

- Ball distributors: 9

- Catering Staff: 2,200

- Court attendants: 192

- Data Collectors: 50

- Dressing room attendants: 30

- Facilities management: 54

- Groundstaff: 31

- Housekeeping staff: 400

- Media staff: 22

- Physio and massage therapists: 22

- Podiatrists: 2

- Referee’s Office: 16

- Stewards (Honorary): 200

- Stewards (Service & London Fire Brigade): 613

- Transport service drivers: 348

- Umpires, Chair and Line & management: 360

Strawberries & Cream

- Price for a portion of a minimum of 10 strawberries and cream at Wimbledon has remained at £2.50 per serving for seven years, since 2010.

- 28,000kg consumed during the tournament with over 10,000 litres of fresh cream.

- Usually Grade 1 English strawberries of the highest quality from Kent.

- From LEAF-registered farms (LEAF is a charity promoting Integrated Farm Management balancing organic with chemical practices).

- To ensure the utmost freshness, strawberries are picked at 4.00am, collected from the packing plant at 9.00am and are delivered to the Club by 11.00am for inspection and hulling. They are then enjoyed by guests on the same day



Tickets (resales)

Wimbledon Foundation - Ticket Resale for charity

- Since 1954, money raised from returned tickets has been donated to charity.

- Unwanted tickets recycled via collection from red boxes or bar code scan.

- Re-sold to people in the grounds. Priced at £10.00 for Centre Court and No.1 Court, £5.00 for No.2 Court.

- Total net income in 2016 was £170,682

- £341,364 – total funds donated to the Wimbledon Foundation after matching by HSBC.  Proceeds distributed to charities through the Wimbledon Foundation’s grant programmes

Times of Play

- Grounds open at 10:30am.

- Start on Courts 2-19 scheduled for 11:30 daily

- Start on Centre and No.1 Court scheduled for 1.00pm daily except for the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Finals at 2.00pm.

- Close of play: Approx 9.00pm depending on weather, light and matches state.


- Gentlemen’s Singles – Challenge Cup (since 1887)

- Ladies’ Singles – Ladies’ Singles Plate (since 1886)

Umpires, Chair and Line

- 360 officials working at The Championships in total of which 140 are from overseas. 40 dedicated Chair Umpires, 6 Technical Advisors and 12 Review Official with the remainder being Line Umpires.

- British Officials are all members of the Association of British Tennis Officials.


Championships recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.

Wild Cards

Awarded at the discretion of The Championships’ Committee who take into account LTA recommendations regarding British players. Overseas players may also be considered based on past performance and ranking, or recent record that has caused significant ranking gain since the close of Wimbledon entries, particularly if that has been achieved on grass.