THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON
Updated: Feb 19
In this article we will discuss little bit about the history of the Championship and the Winners of last three (3) decades in Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles.
Lawn Tennis Meeting, Open to All Amateurs
Not Familiar ??? How about this "The Championships, Wimbledon" ? That's how they advertised the first ever Wimbledon Championship in 1877. Why Amateurs ??? The tournament was open only for the top ranked amateur players till 1968.
The Oldest Tennis Tournament in the World
The inaugural The Championships, Wimbledon tournament were held on 9th July 1877. The gentlemen's singles was the only event held at that time till 1884. In 1884, they added another two events, those were ladies singles and gentlemen's doubles, later in 1913, ladies doubles and mixed doubles events were added too.
Spencer William Gore, the winner of the first ever Wimbledon Championship in 1877 was also a first class Cricket player who played for Surrey County Cricket Club. He was 27 years old by the time he won the Wimbledon title for the very first time.
There were 22 players for the Championship and Spencer won the Gentlemen's Singles Championship by beating William Marshell on 19th July 1877. The sets scores were 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4.
Last July in 2019 we had 133rd "The Championships, Wimbledon" which is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is regarded by many as the most prestigious at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Now, Let's see who has won this prestigious title in last few decades.
The Champion of the Decade in the Champions, Wimbledon (2011 to 2019), Gentlemen's Singles: Novak Djokovic ( Five Wimbledon Titles)
Ladies' Singles: Serena Willioms (Three Wimbledon Titles)
The Champion of the Decade in the Champions, Wimbledon (2001 to 2010), Gentlemen's Singles: Roger Federer ( Six Wimbledon Titles)
Ladies' Singles: Serena Willioms & Venus Williams (Four Wimbledon Titles Each)
The Champion of the Decade in the Champions, Wimbledon (1991 to 2000), Gentlemen's Singles: Pete Sampras ( Seven Wimbledon Titles)
Ladies' Singles: Steffi Graf (Five Wimbledon Titles)