You know it’s summer when you’ve got the the smell of freshly cut grass, sizzling BBQ’s and Wimbledon on the TV. Will Murray do it again? Who knows!
Whilst Wimbledon kicks off next week and the focus will be on the winners (past and present), we’ll be celebrating something else…
Squash, the famous pre-war era drink, made with fruit juice and sweeteners may not have even existed in the form we see today if it wasn’t for Matthias Robinson who patented the drink in 1823, and served it up to players to give them a boost! So to Matthias we’d like to raise a glass of the cold stuff and say “Thank-you”.
Here’s a few Wimbledon facts you may not be aware of!
1. The grass is always greener
Wimbledon is the only one of four yearly Grand Slam tournaments that are held on grass each year. The grass is cut to 8mm.
2. Strict dress code
Wimbledon rules state that players must be dressed almost completely in white. e.g. Federer was asked to change his trainers in 2012 because they had orange soles!
3. It’s all about the balls
Over, 54, 00 tennis balls are used throughout the tournament, and when they are not in use they are stored in a refridgerated container to keep them in perfect shape. Wimbledon once used white balls but they were replaced with yellow balls in 1986 to make them more visible to TV cameras.
4. GAmes can last for days
John Isner (USA) defeated Nicolas Mahut in the 2010 tournament after a grueling 11 hour and 5 minute games that was plasyed over 3 days!