Wimbledon. Known worldwide as The Championships. Steeped in tradition, Wimbledon has roots dating back to 1877 when the first Championships were conducted. Originally known as The All England Croquet Club, the name was changed to The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in 1877. Finally in 1899 the name was changed to The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club or AELTC as it is referred to today.
Given the rich nature of The Championships it is worthwhile to consider some of the events that have transpired during its illustrious history.
- 1884 – Inclusion of Ladies at The Championships
- 1908 – The Olympics are played at Wimbledon
- 1922 – Wimbledon relocates to Church Rd
- 1926 – The King of England takes the court for a match
- 1937 – The Championships are televised for the first time
- 1940 – Centre Court is bombed during WWII
- 1968 – The Open Era begins and Wimbledon is played as an Open
- 1973 – Wimbledon workers go on strike
- 1977 – The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum opens
- 1979 – American Billie Jean King wins her 20th title at Wimbledon
- 1981 – John McEnroe berates chair umpire with “You cannot be serious” in match against Bjorn Borg
- 1985 – Lightning strikes Centre Court
- 1988 – Steffi Graf wins her first title
- 1996 – A streaker makes her way past security and onto Centre Court
- 2004 – Wimbledon the movie is released
- 2007 – The Hawkeye system is introduced and installed at Wimbledon
- 2007 – Wimbledon increases Ladies prize money to match Gentlemen’s
- 2009 – Centre Court roof in unveiled
- 2010 – John Isner and Nicolas Mahut play longest match in tennis history. Score 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 70-68. Takes 3 days.
- 2012 – The Olympics are played at Wimbledon
- 2013 – Mike and Bob Bryan win Wimbledon as part of their Golden Slam. They are reigning champions of Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Olympics.
Stay tuned here for a look at some of the rich traditions that make Wimbledon so special.