Traditions are rife at Wimbledon, and with good cause. It should be expected that a tournament that started way back in 1877 would have many historic traditions still in use today. We take a look at the most common:
You might not necessarily think that there’d be a dress code for playing tennis, however you’d be surprised to know that a “predominantly white" dress code has been enforced for participants of Wimbledon, having officially been added to the rules in the 1960’s. This tradition has not been without it’s controversies however, as Andre Agassi famously made the world aware of his dislike for the rule in the late 1980’s by refusing to play at the event for a number of years. Several other tennis greats have rebelled against this historic rule, with Serena Williams having memorably worn a PVC cat suit back in 2002. A slightly unusual getup to play in during the summer months we have to say.
The official guidelines for the dress code are:
• No solid mass of colouring
• Little or no dark or bold colours
• No fluorescent colours
• Preference towards pastel colours
• Preference for the back of the shirt to be totally white
• Preference for shorts and skirts to be totally white
• All other items of clothing, including hats, socks and shoe uppers to be predominantly white
Strawberries and Cream
The essential Wimbledon delicacy. Wimbledon marks the start of summer, which also happens to coincide with the Strawberry season, so it’s understandable to see why the two go hand in hand… or should we say hand to mouth? Thankfully the powers that be have kept the price of a portion of strawberries and cream at a reasonable cost of £2.00 to £2.50, not too bad for a London based sporting event.
This one’s a relatively new tradition, however it’s one that is likely to stick around for a while yet. Henman Hill (or Aorangi Terrace as it’s actually known) is a hill within the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where crowds congregate to watch the tennis matches live on a giant screen. The hill is named after British tennis great Tim Henman, however the hill has also been referred to as Rusedski Ridge (after Greg Rusedski) or more recently Murray Mound (after 2013 Wimbledon champ Andy Murray). Despite Tim never having won a Wimbledon final, BBC commentators still refer to the hill as Henman Hill, and it looks set to stay that way for a while yet… or at least until Tim Henman gives up commentating anyway.
The Slazenger Ball
Slazenger have been the official tennis ball supplier for Wimbledon since 1902, well over a century! Although not strictly a tradition, the ball itself has become that ingrained into what makes Wimbledon-Wimbledon that it’s hard to not to consider it key component of tennis heritage. It’s an incredibly long sporting relationship and is in fact the longest unbroken sponsorship deal in history!