The Championships

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
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Trip End Aug 21, 2011


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Michael is a big tennis aficionado so of course we had to stop by at the home of one of the Grand Slams in Wimbledon.   Wimbledon is just south of central London but still located in the Greater London region.  You can visit the Wimbledon Stadium and grounds along with a museum dedicated to the history of tennis at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that still uses grass courts, which were abandoned by the US Open and the Australian Open in the past decades.  The tennis club itself, known as the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was founded in 1868 and held its first tournament in 1877.  The tennis club switched locations and grew over the decades eventually evolving into the Wimbledon we all know with the famous Centre Court where the championships are held for all the world to see.  The Centre Court received a retractable roof to prevent inclement weather from holding up the game in 2009.

I'm not a huge fan of tennis, but it was still a fun experience to see where it all takes place.  It’s especially nice to see where hitting a ball over a net can yield you a 1,100,000 singles grand prize (a prize that seems to increase each year)!  Unfortunately for the UK, the last time a British man won the Wimbledon Grand Slam (or any of the Grand Slams for that matter) was Fred Perry who won in 1936…though Andy Murray is the UK’s big hope now so maybe we’ll see a turn-around in the near future.
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