The Wimbledon Archive
The Wimbledon Archive is an extensive collection of match footage, programming, interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage ranging from black & white to colour and High Definition. The Wimbledon Archive inventory dates back to 1900 and includes an impressive catalogue of restored footage from The Championships.
- Facts & Figures
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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was founded in 1868 and in 1877 the Club instituted the first Lawn Tennis Championship. Spencer Gore won the inaugural Gentleman’s Singles title that same year in front of roughly 200 spectators. Fast forward over 140 years and in 2011 the AELTC celebrated the 125th Championships and cemented its position as the oldest tennis tournament in the World. Wimbledon stands alone in being the only Grand Slam to be played on grass and continues to be the most prestigious and revered tennis Championships. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are the respective reigning Gentlemen and Ladies Singles’ Champions.
-William Renshaw, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are the most successful Gentlemen's Singles Champions in the Open era with seven titles. Martina Navratilova has nine Ladies' Singles titles.
-54,250 balls are used during The Championships’ period and yellow balls were used for the first time in 1986. It would take 290,000,000 balls to fill Centre Court with the roof closed.
-The all time fastest serve for Gentlemen is 148mph by Taylor Dent in 2010 and 129mph by Venus Williams for Ladies in 2008.
-Around 28,000kg (112,000 punnets) of strawberries and cream are consumed during Wimbledon fortnight.
-The global cumulative TV audience is estimated at 378.8m people in 198 territories.