What in the Wimbledon?

strawberries and cream

It’s that time of the year when the AELTC opens its doors to the world for The Championships, Wimbledon – or simply Wimbledon. For two weeks at the end of June and the beginning of July, tennis players from around the world compete to win in London.

What makes Wimbledon so special?

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Since 1877, the AELTC has hosted it yearly. Although, the game has been cancelled several times – during WW1, WW2, and the pandemic. 2024 is the 137th tournament.

Wimbledon is also the only major tennis tournament that’s still played on grass. Others such as the Australian Open are played on hard courts. This makes Wimbledon extra special and much more traditional.

A very British Summer Tradition

Speaking of, Wimbledon is a very important part of British culture and tradition. Members of the Royal Family often go to matches and have their very own Royal box!

And who can forget the strawberries and cream? This very British treat is eaten by spectators during matches. With tens of thousands eaten each year, it’s no surprise it’s such an icon of the tournament.

For many, Wimbledon marks the beginning of summer. So here’s to summer and let’s see who wins! Will you be watching any matches?

Written by Marina McAleese, Tutor at The Harrogate International Academy

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