Wimbledon gets most people excited, the Pimms value going up, plus strawberries and cream, a raft of people out to perfect their play, and quite often in the middle of summer a change in the weather pattern. Actually many a joke has been had about the weather during the Wimbledon weeks. For guessing what it will be like is akin to choosing the winner of the tournament itself.
Did you know:
1884 saw the first ever Ladies’ Championship hosted by the All England Club
Wimbledon was the first ever sporting event to be televised live by the BBC in 1937.
1976 was the warmest tournament on record
The wettest day was 28 June 1906
An inch of rain fell in 20 minutes in 1985
The hottest day was 1 July 2015 when temperatures soared to 35.7c
The coldest day was in 1999 when it was a very chilly 4.9c
In 2009 the retractable roof finally enabled play to continue even with the rain although closing the roof does take ten minutes but taking account of changing the climate with the air conditioning and the court ready for play, it takes a total of 40 minutes
There are 250 ball boys and girls at an average age of 15
It is estimated that 320,000 glasses of Pimms will be consumed (thank Keith Prowse for that fact)
Don’t forget that even if you don’t have tickets you could still possibly get to watch a game. Wimbledon is one of the only major sporting events in the UK where you can buy premium tickets on the day of the event. However to do this be prepared to queue and quite possibly overnight. Take a folding chair, a tent if you so wish and food and drink.