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Some interesting facts about the Wimbledon Championship.

updated: June 28, 2008 09:48 IST
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  • Martina Navratilova became the first player to win the ladies' singles title six times in succession (1987).

  • In 2007 Roger Federer equalled Bjorn Borg's record of winning five successive men's singles titles.

  • Centre Court is being re-developed; in 2009 it will accommodate 15,000 spectators under a retractable roof, guaranteeing tennis every day of The Championships.

  • The All England Club's ground covers over 42 acres.

  • Over 220 ball girls and boys are involved in The Championships.

  • There are over 335 court officials working at the tournament during the Wimbledon fortnight.

  • Over 480 security guards work throughout The Championships.

  • Over 310 transport service drivers are employed during the tournament.

  • The Wimbledon Museum won Visit London's 2006 Bronze Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

  • The record daily attendance at The Championships stands at 42,457 on the first Wednesday of 2002.

  • 15,000 balls are used on average during The Championships each year.

  • Todd Woodbridge holds the record for most number of men's doubles titles (nine).

  • Martina Navratilova is the oldest Wimbledon Champion, winning the mixed doubles in 2003 at 46 years and 261 days.

  • The longest Wimbledon final took place in 1982 between John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors (4 hours, 16 mins). Connors won 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

  • In 2007 the total prize money fund for The Championships was 11,282,710.

  • On average, Wimbledon has a 'washout' - when rain stops play entirely - one day in every 50 (or once every four years).

  • Visitors to Wimbledon drink 12,500 bottles of champagne and eat 27,000 kilogrammes of strawberries each year.

  • Spencer Gore, the first ever Wimbledon Champion, served underarm.

  • Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova are the only singles Champions to have won with both white and yellow balls.

  • John McEnroe was the last man to win Wimbledon using a wooden racket.