The infamous Tennis tournament held at The All England Club, Wimbledon starts today. Known as The Wimbledon Championships or simply Wimbledon, and by the players as ‘Wimby,’ sees 128 men and 128 women starting. This highly prestigious championship sees the top players from around the world take part for the precious Wimbledon champion award and a big prize money sum of £1.76 million (this year’s figure, a 10% increase from last year). The top 3 seeded men are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray and the top 3 seeded women are Serena Williams, Na Chn Li and Simona Halep.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877. Still very popular out of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments as it’s the only one to be played on grass. This is the original surface for the tennis game and was originally called ‘Lawn Tennis.’ The other Majors are the Australian Open, Roland Garros (French Open) and the US Open.
Every year sees improvements in and around the courts. This year 17 courts will be used. Court No 3 has an extra 198 unreserved seats which will give those spectators with ground passes a chance to catch some of the action on one of the biggest courts at Wimbledon. Arriving at Wimbledon this year, expect to see Wimbledon-themed hubs at the local stations and Championships’ banners and gorgeous hanging baskets along the walking routes and around the town centre.
Traditions at Wimbledon have always included a strict ‘white only’ dress code for competitors, strawberries and cream for the spectators and Royal patronage for ‘Andy Murray’s’ games and the Finals. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.
This year sees the launch of the Wimbledon mobile app founded on a unique personalisation experience that allows users easy access to content of greatest interest to them. The app will provide comprehensive mobile coverage of The Championships through real-time live scores and results, news, live blog, photos, live video and radio (Live @ Wimbledon), video highlights and much more, making them the ultimate Wimbledon companion.
The All England Club today announced the launch of the official Fantasy Wimbledon Game for this summer’s Championships. For the first time, fans will be able to use their skill and judgment to create their ideal fantasy Wimbledon player. The official Fantasy Wimbledon Game will be available to play on the official Wimbledon website, www.wimbledon.com and on the official Wimbledon Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wimbledon. Users will be able to compete in mini-leagues with friends and against the world for prizes, including tickets to the singles’ finals at Wimbledon 2015.
This year celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Ticket Resale scheme. Since 1954, the scheme has provided the opportunity for show court tickets that are no longer needed to be recycled to other users within the Grounds thereby ensuring that the seats have a greater chance of being occupied for longer. From this source over £1m has been donated to charity in the last 10 years and in 2014 the proceeds will be donated via the Wimbledon Foundation to local and national charities.
Total prize money for the Players at The Championships 2014 is £25m, an increase of £2.4m, or 10.8%, over 2013.
Ground capacity remains unchanged at a maximum of 38,500.
Start times remain unchanged: 11.30am on outside courts, 1.00pm on Centre and No.1 Courts apart from the two Singles’ finals at 2.00pm.
The Queue starts at 8:00am on Sunday 22 June.
Ground entry security procedures will be at an appropriately high level.
Only one bag per ticket holder - no larger than 16x12x12ins (40x30x30cm).
No hard-sided hampers, cool-boxes, briefcases or flasks allowed into the Grounds.
No Left Luggage facilities inside the Grounds.
Over 200 hidden and little-known gardens (20 new for 2014) will be open to the public this weekend.
Established in 1998, Open Garden Squares Weekend (OGSW) takes place annually and is the London Parks & Gardens Trust’s highest profile event, underpinning its aim to increase knowledge and appreciation of London’s green, open space network. The Weekend is presented in association with the National Trust.
The gardens, located across 27 London boroughs, range from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental. They include classic London square gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, urban wildlife and ecology centres as well as the gardens of historic buildings, institutions, restaurants, schools and shops.
Feed your curiosity with over 200 gardens to explore. You’ll also be able to enjoy events including guided walks and cycle rides or find plant sales, entertainment, live music and events for families and children taking place in many of the gardens.
Tickets cost £10.00 for the weekend if bought in advance and £12 over the Weekend. Tickets are available HERE
The first ever London Wine Week starts today! Brought together by the team behind London Cocktail Week, this unique seven day celebration of the capital’s flourishing wine scene, will be set against the backdrop of some of London’s finest bars and restaurants.
The festival will help you discover new grapes, varieties and vintages usually unavailable by the glass. Simply buy a wristband for just £10 to be part of the self-guided Wine Tours, and use the specially created pocket-sized guidebook which maps out all the venues taking part.
From dusty wine vaults to classic hotel bars, top-end restaurants to tiny hidden gems – flash your London Wine Week wristband in more than 130 venues throughout the week to qualify for premium wines by the glass and taster wine flights, each for just £5.
The festival will also be championing the wealth of incredible independent wine merchants who will be throwing open their doors during the week to offer masterclasses, meet the maker sessions and discounts on bottles for wristband wearers.
And as if this wasn’t enough, there will be a full schedule of ticketed, bespoke events – all a complete departure from the pre-imagined white tablecloth and spittoon tastings, and instead tapping into the pop-up phenomenon and emerging street food movement.
Wristbands will be available for collection or purchase from any of the three London Wine Week Hubs - The Riedel Hub at Kingly Court, The Wine Shop Hub at Harvey Nichols and The Wines from Rioja Hub at Laithwiate’s, Borough Market. More than just wristband collection points, the hubs will be hives of activity all week, so be sure to put aside three evenings and visit them all.
A great time to learn about wines and discover new ones. Get your tickets here.