Held annually at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London in late June/early July is the third Grand Slam of the year, The Wimbledon Championships - or simply Wimbledon. The event is the world’s longest running tennis tournament and widely regarded as the most prestigious. To continue the event’s long-time tradition, players are required to wear all white clothing when participating in competitive matches
Just under $50 million in prize money is at stake across the singles, doubles and wheelchair doubles competitions, with the ‘gentlemen’s and ladies’ singles winners pocketing roughly $3.5 million each. Like other Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open etc) the tournament lasts two weeks, with the finals played on the venue’s famous Centre Court.
In the Men’s singles draw, two players have reigned supreme in the open era (1968 onwards). American ace Pete Sampras claimed seven Wimbledon titles between 1981 and 1989 and Swiss maestro Roger Federer equalled that feat from 2003 to 2012. Four Australian men have won the tournament in the open era; Rod Laver and John Newcombe both went back-to-back in 1968-69 and 1970-71 respectively, while Pat Cash (1987) and Lleyton Hewitt (2002) have also managed victories. Other greats in men’s singles that have won the tournament include Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Boris Becker.
The women’s singles draw has been dominated by Americans in the open era. In the past 47 years of the tournament, US women have won on 27 times. Martina Navratilova is the most successful woman, having won nine Wimbledon titles. Between 1982 and 1987, Navratilova claimed six consecutive titles and featured in the final in the three years after. The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, have five and six Wimbledon titles each. On four separate occasions the final has been contested by both sisters, with Serena edging her sister 3-1 in the tournament deciders.
|YEAR||MENS WINNER||WOMENS WINNER|
|2017||ROGER FEDERER||GARBINE MUGURUZA|
|2016||ANDY MURRAY||SERENA WILLIAMS|
|2015||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||SERENA WILLIAMS|
|2014||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||PETRA KVITOVA|
|2013||ANDY MURRAY||MARION BARTOLI|
|2012||ROGER FEDERER||SERENA WILLIAMS|
|2011||NOVAK DJOKOVIC||PETRA KVITOVA|
|2010||RAFAEL NADAL||SERENA WILLIAMS|
|2009||ROGER FEDERER||SERENA WILLIAMS|
|2008||RAFAEL NADAL||VENUS WILLIAMS|
|2007||ROGER FEDERER||VENUS WILLIAMS|
|2006||ROGER FEDERER||AMELIE MAURESMO|
|2005||ROGER FEDERER||VENUS WILLIAMS|