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Steffi Graf at The Wimbledon Championships Credit: Rex

Your Need-To-Know Wimbledon Fact Guide

Every year, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships descend on London to throngs of keen supporters. So to celebrate, we’ve put together a need-to-know Wimbledon Championships fact guide for you to enjoy, and to impress your friends with.

1. There are 15,000 seats on Centre Court.

2. Over 50,000 plants are supplied to Wimbledon each year.

3. The large screen television at Wimbledon is 40 sq. metres in size.

4. The longest match played was in 2010 on Court 18 and it lasted for a mammoth three days.

5. In 2013, the three top-selling items in the Wimbledon Shop were: 28,600 Championships towels, 16,000 mini tennis ball keyrings and 16,000 rubber wristbands.

6. On average, over 40 miles of string is used on rackets by the Championships’ stringing team.

7. During the fortnight of Wimbledon, around 28,000kg of strawberries and cream is consumed. Usually Grade I Kent strawberries of the highest quality are used.

8. Rufus, a Harris Hawk, visits the Club most weeks in the year to act as a deterrent to local pigeons by making them aware of a predator in the grounds; this is done to persuade the pigeons to roost elsewhere. He flies for one hour most mornings of The Championships before the gates open.

9. The only Championships that have not been interrupted by rain since 1922 are: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, and 2010.

10. The average number of bottles of Champagne supplied to the Championships each year is 25,000.

If you’re planning to attend the Championships in style, check out our Top 5: Summer Whites.

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For more facts about The Wimbledon Championships, visit wimbledon.com.

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