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History and Origin of Wimbledon

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While the final hot moments of “The Championships” of Wimbledon for 2015 is over for this year on the centre court, we would like to take you back to memory lane to discover the history and origins behind this century old top tennis tournament that is considered as one of the most awaited sporting event worldwide. This tournament which gathers the world’s best tennis players, is held annually for a period of 2 weeks from late June until early July, marking the beginning of summer in Britain. Though it does not last for a longer period, as we reckon you would have fancied, you may still enjoy the experience of Wimbledon throughout the year at Spin and Win casino with Winbledon Slot. You can show your best aces on the tennis themed 5 reels 25 payline Winbledon slot, where you will discover features such as Bonus Round, Free Spins, and Expanding Wild that could uncover great prizes.

Wimbledon is the oldest and by far the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Its name is derived from the suburb of Wimbledon in south west London, where it has been held since the year 1877, when the very first tournament was played 138 years ago and won by 27 year old Spencer William Gore. Wimbledon has been held since its creation at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and it is the only one out of the four Grand Slam tennis tournament to be played on grass. Until 1882, various sporting activities were held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, when it was decided that Lawn Tennis would be only activity of the club, thereafter.

The first Wimbledon Championship had only one event, which was the Gentleman’s Single, unlike today’s tournament which include five major events, namely the men’s single and double matches, the women’s single and double matches, and the mixed doubles. The first final won by Spencer Gore against his opponent William Marshall lasted only 48 minutes, and it was played in front of a crowd of 200 people, who paid a shilling each to attend this premiere tennis event. During the infancy stage of lawn tennis, basic homemade equipment were used by players who had imprecise strokes, as no top of the range rackets were available during that period.

1915 to 1918 and 1940 to 1945 were the two period of time when no Wimbledon tournaments were held because of the First and Second World Wars respectively, however the game still grew in popularity over time. The very first Women’s Singles tennis event was held in 1884 and won by Maud Watson, and in the same year the Gentlemen’s Doubles event was also introduced. In 1967, the Wimbledon Tournament made history when this event happened to be the first broadcast to ever be televised in colour. As you may have noticed, upon completion of the five major competitions, the winners are presented with the traditional Wimbledon trophies.

The traditional serving Strawberry and Creams at the Winbledon Championships began in 1953 and 1970 respectively, and the two have since become an essential part of the tournament traditions!

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