Summer is upon us, and the prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon starts today. First introduced in July of 1877, Wimbledon initially took place at a private club recognised as the ‘All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’. Taking place from 27th June-10th July this year, this annual tennis event welcomes the world’s best sportsmen to play for the championship title.
Renowned tennis players from all over the world will be arriving at Wimbledon today, along with thousands of spectaculars, eager to capture a glimpse of this famous tournament. This year, Novak Djokovic will be playing to defend his Wimbledon title. Wimbledon now incorporates five tournaments, including men’s and women’s singles and doubles, junior singles and mixed and invitational doubles. This shows major development since the start of the competition in 1877, when the tournament only showcased men’s singles. It was in 1884 when women’s singles were introduced, and Maud Watson claimed the first women’s title. It is evident that Wimbledon has hugely progressed since 1877, however certain aspects of the tennis tournament have remained unchanged – notably the white dress code, the presence of the Royal family and strawberries and cream.
Characteristically English, strawberries and cream have been a firm fixture at Wimbledon since its origination. It is estimated that this year’s Wimbledon tournament will devour twenty-three tonnes of strawberries and seven thousand litres of cream. There are a multitude of theories surrounding the presence of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. In season at the time of the first event, strawberries were also considered to be a fashionable food during the Victorian era. Regardless of the reasons behind their initial introduction, it is clear that strawberries and cream have become symbolic of this world-famous tennis event. Photo credits: logonoid.com, iffleyblue.co.uk.