If you are lucky enough to be attending Britain’s most prestigious Tennis event the pressure to look good is massive, also being in Britain we all know we can have four seasons in four minutes. Learning what to take and what to leave at home is key. The event takes place in the height of summer so essentials are sun screen, comfortable shoes, hat, sun glasses and maybe an umbrella to be really prepared.
History of the Championships:
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world with the first event being held 125 years ago and founded in 1877. The event is now attended by 450,000 visitors and 562 million homes across 183 countries will watch 7,043 hours of coverage on television, the championship was first televised in 1937. The tournament takes place over two weeks beginning at the end of June ending early July, this years event will be held from 29 June until 12 July.
Wimbledon is the only major still held on grass courts. Wimbledon is renowned for its strict dress code on court and the eating of strawberries and cream by spectators. In 2009 the center court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to bad weather.
Wimbledon consists of five main events, four junior events and 4 invitation events. The main day stages Gentleman singles, ladies singles, gentleman doubles, ladies doubles and mixed doubles. Every year a total of 128 players take place in both the gentlemen and ladies singles, 64 pairs in ladies and gentlemen doubles and 48 pairs in mixed doubles. Women’s singles tennis was introduced in 1884 initially 13 players entered.
Get the A-Lister look:
For another year Ralph Lauren will be sponsoring Wimbledon. Ralph Lauren started to create all the uniforms for the championships in 2006 the brand is the first designer in Wimbledon history to create an outfit for all on court officials including chair umpires, line umpires and ball person. This is the second Grand slam tournament where Ralph Lauren will be official sponsors. As a brand they incorporate the timeless and elegance of the championships by the new navy and cream color of uniforms.
Last year David Beckham attended the Mikhail Kukushkin vs Rafael Nadal match. Fitting the dress code perfectly the former football star wore a Ralph Lauren sport oatmeal-coloured blazer with a Ralph Lauren Black Label white shirt and black trousers.
“I have long been inspired by the rich heritage and traditions of England. I am thrilled to be partnering with the All England Club / Wimbledon and playing a major role in such a historic sporting event,” said Ralph Lauren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation.