The Championships, Wimbledon

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The Championships, Wimbledon
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This year's oldest and most prestigious tennis grand slam, Wimbledon, take place June 22nd through July 5th. Here are some quick and dirty tips on the event.

  • Held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton.
  • The Club was founded in 1868 and currently houses 19 Tournament courts.
  • This Grand Slam event has been held since 1877 and is played on grass.
  • Center Court was built in 1922 and is the fourth largest tennis stadium in the world with a capacity of 15,000. New for 2009 is a retractable roof.
  • Court 1 was built in 1997 seats 11,500 and Court 2 has 4,000.
  • Players must wear mostly white outfits, brand logos can not be too large.
  • Aorangi Park is a place for fans to gather and watch matches on a big screen TV.
  • Club is home to a new Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
  • Will be the center for tennis competition in the 2012 Olympics.
  • Winners prize money is £750,000.
  • Wimbledon Village home to shops and restaurants is a short distance from the championship courts.
  • Public transit is highly encouraged. Closest London Underground is Wimbledon stop on the District line.
  • New way for fans to get tickets to the event;  Map of the Area.
  • Wimbledon web 2.0 iPhone app; Twitter; Facebook;
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