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10 notable facts and stats about Wimbledon

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Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, having begun in 1877. The Championship takes place every year and is hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Wimbledon is renowned for the rich heritage and traditions that it follows even today.

The iconic Centre Court at Wimbledon
The iconic Centre Court at Wimbledon

Beginning in late June, Wimbledon is open to all tennis players from around the world. Players come together under the categories of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles to try and win the prestigious trophies up for grabs.

The culture of the Wimbledon Championships is very unique because of its rules. The players have to adhere to an all-white dress code while on the court. Another unique aspect about Wimbledon is the absence of commercial advertisements on the courts.

As part of the tournament's traditions, the audience eat strawberries and cream while watching the matches. The prize money on offer is also a great attraction; Wimbledon is one of the highest paying Grand Slams in the world.

Every aspect of the game - from the tennis ball to the location of every match - is decided by the officials of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. And over the years, the Wimbledon grass courts have seen several displays of brilliance, elegance, sportsmanship, fandom and the indomitable spirit of players.

Here are some of the things that people frequently ask and like to know about Wimbledon.

1. Highest number of titles

In the men's singles category, the Swiss maestro Roger Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon titles in his career. William Renshaw was the first man to win seven Wimbledon titles until 2000, while Pete Sampras has appeared seven times in finals, winning them all, for a total haul of seven trophies too.

Roger Federer has won the most number of Wimbledon titles among men 
Roger Federer has won the most number of Wimbledon titles among men 

In women's singles, Martina Navratilova won a record nine Wimbledon trophies through her storied career. Serena Williams, meanwhile, has got seven among her 23 Grand Slams here at Wimbledon.

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