If you know anything about tennis, you already know how important the Wimbledon tournament among the lovers of this beautiful sport is. Since Wimbledon perfectly combines all the most loved aspects of tennis like history, tradition and spirit, it is often called the “Mecca” of the tennis world.
If we want to soak in the importance and meaning of this tournament, continue reading to learn a little bit of history.
History of Wimbledon
Wimbledon is, currently, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, since its first edition saw the light of day in the year 1877.
If you think that is old, you just have to hear where it took place. London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is extremely special. It is not special just because it is where we celebrate Wimbledon today, but because it is the place in which the tournament happened 143 years ago.
Legends of Wimbledon
This tournament is as important as tennis itself since it is almost as old as outdoor tennis. If you don’t understand how much of a big deal this is, maybe you have to look at some of the legends that have won this title in their lives.
Names like Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are iconic in this sport because all of them have put their sweat in the grass of Wimbledon’s court.
Unless you’re just starting to know about tennis, you have heard about the epic match of Nadal and Federer in 2008. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut also put their names in the history of Wimbledon, because of their 11-hour marathon at this sacred tournament. This is when Isner won the game with a striking 70 to 68 score on the last set.
Tradition and glory
Some experts think that tennis is currently tainted with advertising because all the big brands want to use players like walking billboards, but Wimbledon is different. The dress code is very strict for all the players in all the categories since every tennis player must wear an all-white or nearly all-white uniform.
Unless you don’t know the past, you can’t appreciate the present and that’s true especially when we talk about sports as ancient and prestigious like tennis. Now that you know how important Wimbledon is, it’s time to watch famous matches of the past and be aware of what the future brings in the arena.