10 Wimbledon Fun Facts Your Kids Will Love

Strawberries and cream are a popular choice for visitors to Wimbledon; Getty Images

Get your strawberries and cream ready, it is Wimbledon time! Held in London, it is the oldest and most famous tennis tournament in the world.

Matches will be on television, results discussed in the news and your child’s ANZ Tennis Hot Shots coach and class-mates will be talking about it too. We all know that kids love to ask questions, so we’ve compiled some fun facts about the tournament to help you impress them with your knowledge…

– The tournament is also known as The Championships and is played at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon. The first edition was played in 1877.

– It is a Grand Slam event, one of four played annually alongside the Australian Open in January, French Open in late May and US Open in late August.

– It is played on grass courts, a fast surface that produces lower bounces.

– A unique aspect of Wimbledon is that all players must wear predominantly white outfits, the only professional tournament in the world that has such rules.

– Only a limited number of tickets can be pre-purchased to the event. Instead fans are required to queue for entry. This means a long wait, and even overnight sleepovers for some.

– What is this about strawberries and cream? They are a tournament tradition and popular snack option for visitors to the All England Club.

– Great Britain’s own Andy Murray is the defending gentlemen’s singles champion. He will face a fierce challenge this year from Roger Federer, who is aiming to win an unprecedented eighth title.

– Serena Williams won the 2016 ladies’ singles title, but is pregnant and not defending her title. Another American, Martina Navratilova, holds the record for most titles with nine.

The picturesque All England Club at Wimbledon; Getty Images

– Australian legend Todd Woodbridge, who recently led an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow around Australian primary schools, won a tournament record nine men’s doubles titles at Wimbledon.

– Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios lead the Australian players competing at the 2017 event. ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play ambassadors Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis are there too.

Armed with this knowledge now, hopefully you can ace any questions your kids serve up this Wimbledon!

Learn more about the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program here or find your closest venue here. It is the perfect way to let your kids’ love of tennis grow!