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FAQ: Facts and Figures

Aces – most (All time)

Men: 212 - Goran Ivanisevic (CRO)  2001

Ladies: 57 - Alexandra Stevenson (USA)  1999, Serena Williams (USA) 2008

Aces – most (2013)

Men: 103 - Jerzy Janowicz (from six matches).

Ladies: 45 - Sabine Lisicki (from seven matches).

Attendance (2013)

 

Total attendance for the 13 days of The Championships: 486,898.

Ball Boys and Ball Girls

Around 250 from around 750 entries come through a rigorous training routine.  See separate sheet for full information.

Balls

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.

Broadcast

BBC is the host broadcaster.  Agreement extended in 2011 to 2017 inc. 

  • Global cumulative audience estimated at 378.8m people in 198 territories.
  • 15,388 TV broadcast hours of the 2012 Championships.

Broadcast figures 2013

 

  • UK: Peak audience of 17.3m tuned in to watch Andy Murray defeat Novak Djokovic.
  • US: ESPN registered a 1.7 rating for the men's final, which represents an average of 1,894,000 homes and 2,456,000 viewers, the second-largest audience in ESPN's tennis history (behind last year's men's final).
  • Channel Seven beat their performance last year – with over 5.7 million Australian watching the tournament (up from 4.3m in 2012).

Digital figures 2013

  • 19.7m unique users to website (16% up on 2012)
  • 432m page views (10% up on 2012)
  • 54.6m visits (11% up on 2012)
  • 1.5m streams of Live @ Wimbledon.
  • 1.5m Facebook likes.
  • 700,000 Twitter followers.
  • 300,000 Google+
  • 60,000 subscribers on YouTube

Capacity (grounds)

38,500 spectators in the grounds at any one time. 

Catering

Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (1800 staff) carried out in Europe.  Average quantities supplied by Championships' caterers FMC.

  • 300,000 cups of tea and coffee
  • 250,000 bottles of water
  • 207,000 meals served
  • 200,000 glasses of Pimm's
  • 190,000 sandwiches
  • 150,000 bath buns, scones, pasties and doughnuts
  • 135,000 ice creams
  • 130,000 lunches are served
  • 100,000 pints of draught beer and lager
  • 60,000 Dutchees
  • 40,000 char-grilled meals served
  • 32,000 portions of fish and chips
  • 30,000 litres of milk
  • 28,000 kg (112,000 punnets) of English strawberries
  • 25,000 bottles of champagne
  • 15,000 bananas
  • 20,000 portions of frozen yoghurt
  • 12,000 kg of poached salmon and smoked salmon
  • 7,000 litres of dairy cream
  • 6,000 stone baked pizzas

Champion's 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 2013, to be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane.

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: 

  1. No solid mass  of colouring
  2. Little or no dark or bold colours
  3. No fluorescent colours
  4. Preference towards pastel colours
  5. Preference for back of shirt to be totally white
  6. Preference for shorts and skirts to be totally white
  7. All other items of clothing including hats, socks and shoes to be almost entirely white.

Centre Court

  • 15,000 seats.  Finals matches scheduled to be played on Centre Court:
  • Saturday 6 July 2013:  Ladies' Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles
  • Sunday 7 July 2013: Men's Singles, Ladies' Doubles.

Centre Court 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

43

Miles per hour - 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 which 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, 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

290million

Tennis balls – number that could fit in the Centre Court with the roof closed

Courts grass (gen) 2013

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.

No.1 Court

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.

Dates

2014: Monday 23 June – Sunday 6 July 

2015: Monday 29 June – Sunday 12 July – NB: Wimbledon moves back one week

Draw

At Club on Friday 20 June 2014, 10.00am

Men's Singles: 128 places (inc 32 seeds, 16 qualifiers, 8 wild cards)

Ladies' Singles: 128 (inc 32 seeds, 12 qualifiers, 8 wild cards)

Men's, Ladies' Doubles - 64 pairs, Mixed Doubles – 48 pairs

Fastest Serve (2013)

Men: Jerzy Janowicz - 143 mph.

Ladies: Serena Williams - 123 mph.

Fastest Serve (All Time)

Men: 148mph - Taylor Dent – 2010

Women: 129mph - Venus Williams - 2008

Flowers

Over 50,000 plants supplied each year. 

Ivy on Centre Court is Boston Ivy, Parthenocissus Tricuspidaca Veitchii.

Grass

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). 

Grounds (size)

Church Road site:  13.5 acres.  Plus car parks:  42 acres

Hawk

Rufus, a Harris Hawk, trained by Wayne 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.

Hawk-Eye

Electronic line calling system introduced on Centre and No.1 Cts in 2006.  In 2012 covers Centre Court, No.1 Ct, No.2 Ct, No.3 Ct.

Hawk-Eye – Challenges (singles only)

Men made 428 Challenges and 120 were correct, a 28.0% success rate.

Ladies made 191 Challenges of which 49 were correct, a 25.7% success rate.

Large Screen TV

The screen is 40 sq metres in size

Live @ Wimbledon

  • Enhanced video and radio digital broadcast service blending live tennis with the off-court colour allowing fans a greater interaction and engagement via www.wimbledon.com.
  • Video service live in the UK and the Americas, and available on Wimbledon.com and mobile applications. 
  • 7 hours live broadcasting day with pre-packaged content such as previews and reviews, match highlights and archive footage.
  • For radio listeners, the Live @ Wimbledon radio service offers an enhanced and improved version of the popular Radio Wimbledon. 
  • Available worldwide online, and on 3 local FM channels, there are three radio channels for the user to choose from: Around the Grounds, bringing the whole event to life, Centre Court, which will feature ball-by-ball commentary from Centre Court, and No.1 Court, which will feature ball-by-ball commentary from 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

Matches

660 during Fortnight

Media (Average)

3,250 media accredited (600 press, 2,450 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 Ctee.  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. 

Merchandise (2013)

 

The top selling items in the Wimbledon Shop were: 

  • 28,600 Championships' towels.
  • 16,000 mini tennis balls key rings (yellow and pink).
  • 16,000 rubber wristbands.
  • 10,000 umbrellas.
  • 9,000 five-inch tennis ball.
  • 8,000 cans of tennis balls.
  • 6,000 logo t-shirts

Museum

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. 

Officials

  • Chairman:  Philip Brook (2011)
  • Chief Executive:  Richard Lewis (2012)
  • Referee:  Andrew Jarrett (2006)
  • Chief of Umpires:  Jenny Higgs (2010)
  • Head Groundsman:  Neil Stubley (2013)

Official Suppliers 2013

Slazenger

Official Ball

1902

Robinsons

Official Still Soft Drink

1935

Rolex

Official Timekeeper

1978

IBM

Official Supplier of Information Technology

1990

Hertz

Official Car

1995

G4S

Official Security Services Provider

1998

Lanson

Official Champagne

2001

Polo Ralph Lauren

Official Outfitter

2006

HSBC

Evian

Sony

Official Banking Partner

Official Bottled Water

Official 3D Partner

2008

2008

2011

Jacob's Creek

Official Wine

2011

Lavazza

Official Coffee

2011

Order of play

Decided by Referee and published around 6.00pm daily.

Players (2013) inc qualifying

757 players  

Prize Money (2013)

Singles Champions:  £1.6m.  Total:  £22.6m.

Qualifying

Mon 16 - Thurs 19 June 2014

Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton.

The Queue and General Security

 

  • The 2014 Queue does not start until 8:00am on Sunday 22 June.
  • £5.00 fee (proceeds donated to charity) to be 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 hampers, cool-boxes or brief cases 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. 

Radio Wimbledon

See Live @ Wimbledon. 

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. 

Royal Box

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

Seedings

To be announced on Wednesday 18 June 2014, around 10.00am.

32 seeds in Men's and Ladies' singles.

Men's Seeding Formula

Revised seeding arrangements for men introduced in 2001 when seedings committee disbanded.  Formula amended in 2002 for men as follows: 

Take ESP points at 16 June 2014

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.

Staff

 

Around 6,000 staff  are taken on for Championships:

  • Ball boys & girls:  250
  • Ball distributors:  7
  • Building Services:  84
  • Catering Staff:  1,800
  • Cleaners (night):  191
  • Cleaners (day):  114
  • Court attendants:  151
  • Data Collectors: 36
  • Dressing room attendants:  22
  • Groundsmen:  20
  • Left luggage office:  30
  • Lift operators:  30
  • Physiotherapists:  14
  • Practice courts:  8
  • Media staff:  38
  • Referee's Office:  15
  • Scoreboard operators & data collectors:  46
  • Security guards:  700
  • Stewards (Honorary):  185
  • Stewards (Service & London Fire Brigade):  595
  • Transport service drivers:  320
  • Umpires, Chair and Line: 350

Strawberries & Cream

  • Usually Grade I Kent strawberries of the highest quality
  • Around 28,000 kg consumed during the Fortnight. 
  • Around 8615 punnets (2100 kg) containing minimum of 10 berries consumed daily,
  • Served with over 7,000 litres of fresh cream.
  • 142,000 portions of strawberries served in 2012.
  • To ensure utmost freshness, strawberries are picked the day before being served, arrive at Wimbledon at around 5.30a.m where inspected before being hulled.
  • Price of strawberries & cream for punnet of not less than 10 berries + cream:- 
  • 1993 - £1.70; 1994 - £1.70; 1995 - £1.75; 1996 - £1.80; 1997 - £1.85; 1998 - £1.85; 1999 - £1.75; 2000 - £1.80; 2001 - £1.85: 2002 - £1.95;  2003 - £2.00;  2004 - £2.00; 2005 – £2.00; 2006-£2.00; 2007-£2.00; 2008-£2.25; 2009- £2.25; 2010 - £2.50; 2011- £2.50: 2012-£2.50, 2013-£2.50.

Tickets

See separate sheet for full details and price list or www.wimbledon.com.

Tickets (resales)

  • Used/unwanted tickets recycled via collection from red boxes or bar code scan. 
  • Re-sold to people in the grounds.  Priced at £5.00. 
  • Since 1954, money raised from returned tickets has been donated to charity. 
  • Total net income 2013 was £152,115
  • HSBC match means the total funds available for charitable donation via the Wimbledon Foundation was £304,230.

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 Men's and Ladies' Finals at 2.00pm. 
  • Close of play:  Approx 9.00pm depending on weather, light and matches state.

Trophies

  • Men's Singles – Challenge Cup (since 1887). 
  • Ladies' Singles – Ladies' Singles Plate (since 1886)

Umpires, Chair and Line

  • 350 on duty comprising mostly British plus 60 from overseas. 
  • British are members of Association of British Tennis Officials.

Weather

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

Wild cards

Announced w/c Monday 9 June 2014.  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. 

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