The tournament is contested, every year, over a period of two weeks between late June and early July, concluding with the Ladies' and Gentlemens’ Singles Final, programmed for the second Saturday and Sunday respectively. It features each year five major, junior, and invitational events are held.
Australian Open, (the hard court - Plexicushion) and French Open (clay court) precede Wimbledon, and US Open (the hard court - DecoTurf) follows in the year. The grass court event Queen's Club Championships, also in London, and the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany for men, while the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and two joint events, the Topshelf Open in’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and the Eastbourne International for women serve as warm up events.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is a private club was established in 1868, originally as 'The All England Croquet Club' and its first ground was off Worple Road, Wimbledon.
The lawn tennis, in 1876, designed by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield and originally called 'Sphairistike' was added to the activities of the club. The club was renamed as 'The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club' in spring 1877, and marked its change of name by commissioning the first Lawn Tennis Championship. A new system of laws, replacing the earlier one followed by the Marylebone Cricket Club, was drawn up for the event.
The first Wimbledon Championship was opened on July 9 1877 which hosted only the Gentlemen's Singles and was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player, from a field of 22. About 200 spectators watched the final, paying one shilling each towards admission.
In 1884, Ladies Championship winner Maud Watson was awarded first prize, a silver flower-basket worth 20 guineas.
The activities of the club by 1882 became mainly to include only lawn tennis in the same the word 'croquet' was removed from the title. In view of sentiments, it was restored, however, in 1899.
The club added Ladies' Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles, in 1884. This was followed by the addition of Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles in 1913. As late as 1922, the prevailing champion had to contest only in the final, against the one who had won through to challenge him/her. Similar to the other three Major Grand Slam events, Wimbledon was played by only top-ranked amateur players until the introduction of the open age in 1968.
The Championship was first telecast in 1937.
Wimbledon is considered the world's premier tennis tournament and the priority of the Club is to maintain its leadership. To maintain its supremacy, Wimbledon unveiled a long-term plan was unveiled in 1993, aimed to improve the quality of the tournament for spectators, players, officials and neighbours.
Stage one (1994–1997) of the plan was accomplished for the 1997 championships and featured construction of new no. 1 Court in Aorangi Park, a broadcast centre, two extra grass courts and a tunnel under the hill linking Church Road and Somerset Road.
Stage two (1997–2009) involving the removal of the old no. 1 Court complex to make way for the new Millennium Building, providing extensive facilities for players, press, officials and members, and the extension of the West Stand of the Centre Court with 728 extra seats, was completed.
Stage three (2000–2011) was completed with the building of an entrance structure, housing club staff, museum, bank and ticket office.
A new retractable roof was constructed to coincide with the 2009 championships to make sure that rain did not interrupt play on Centre Court, for long.
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships was the 127th edition of the Wimbledon Championships and the third Grand Slam event of the year. It was contested at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and from June 24 to July 7 2013. It comprised events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players also participated in singles and doubles events and retired players, as well, in invitation doubles.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams were the defending singles champions, but neither could defend successfully. Federer was defeated in the second round by Sergiy Stakhovsky and Williams was eliminated the fourth round to Sabine Lisicki. This edition was significant as it was the first time since 1927 in which both defending champions were eliminated before the quarter-finals. Federer and Williams along with two-time champion Rafael Nadal, two-time semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and former World No.1s Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Janković, were the top casualties in the early rounds.
Andy Murray became the first Briton to win the mens’ singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. Marion Bartoli won the womens’ singles title. Bob and Mike Bryan completed the "Bryan Slam" and became the first team to hold all four Grand Slams and the Olympic Gold at the same time.
No British woman has ever won after Virginia Wade won in 1977, though Annabel Croft and Laura Robson won the Girls' Championship in 1984 and 2008 respectively.
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