Spectator Rules at Wimbledon!

Over 141 years old, Wimbledon (based in South West London) is the world’s most prestigious and respected tennis tournament in the world, with an estimated viewership of one billion people across 200 territories.

Considering the size and scope of Wimbledon, it’s no real surprise to see the volume of work that goes into hosting the iconic tournament every year. For example, it’s thought that around 54,000 balls are used each year, while 40 miles of string is used to fit 2,000 rackets across the tournament. It’s also thought that Wimbledon has one of the largest catering capacity of any other annual sporting event in Europe. With over 2,000 catering staff in total, the average food and drink quantities supplied include:

  • 330,000 cups of tea and coffee
  • 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s
  • 234,000 meals (e.g. sandwiches)
  • 86,000 ice creams
  • 76,000 sandwiches

As many Brits know all too well, the iconic dish Strawberries and cream is one of Wimbledon’s most consumed snacks, and when laid end-to-end, the volume of strawberries served at Wimbledon would stretch to almost 37 miles – that’s the distance from Wimbledon to Reading! Furthermore, in 2017, 28 tonnes of strawberries were consumed alongside 10,000 litres of fresh cream. That works out at 125 bath tubs worth!

The tournament has also become recognised for earning several world records over the years. The longest match on record was played between American John Isner and French player Nicolas Mahut back in 2010, and somehow lasted an exhausting 11 hours and 5 minutes. With regards to records set by gender, Taylor Dent currently holds the record for the fastest male serve at 148mph, while Lucie Hradecka holds the record for the fastest female serve at 125mph.

With Andy Murray still out of the picture, the Wimbledon odds 2018 are yet to be decided. However, the most popular betting market on Wimbledon is who will win overall. Swiss athlete Roger Federer is currently the favourite in the Mens, set to win his 9th Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam title, whilst bookies believe the Women’s tournament is still open to anyone.

Wimbledon has undoubtedly become a tournament of strict tradition over its near decade and a half history. However, with such respect of course, comes extremely strict rules and regulations to follow – you cannot behave like you’re at a football match here! For example, did you know that Wimbledon has an extremely strict dress code for its athletes, and that both selfie sticks and whistles are against the rules?

To ensure you and your fellow spectators don’t put a foot wrong during your visit to 2018’s Wimbledon, this infographic shows you a few simple rules to follow.