Wimbledon Tennis Club
Wimbledon Tennis Club, or to call it by its proper name, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, is the home to the Championships in Wimbledon each year – the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
Wimbledon Tennis Club, or the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), is most famously home to the Wimbledon Championships, the only Grand Slam event to still take place on grass. The club is a private members’ club with 375 full members and 100 temporary members. Ask anyone about Wimbledon and they’ll quickly mention tennis, but the club was first founded in 1868 because of the popularity of croquet. It wasn’t until 1877 that the first tennis Gentlemen's Championship in Singles took place. The Championship started off as an amateur event from this point, but it quickly grew to become much more famous than the club itself.
Today Wimbledon Tennis Club has some of the world’s greatest tennis facilities. The club includes 19 tournament grass courts, eight American clay courts, five indoor courts, two acrylic courts and 22 Aorangi Park grass courts, used for competitors to practice on in the lead up to the Championship.
Centre Court is the largest court in the club, with a capacity of 15,000 and a retractable roof that means play can continue even when it’s raining. Centre Court plays host to the Championship final and was also the main venue for tennis during the 2012 London Olympics. An inscription from Rudyard Kipling’s poem If is above the entryway to the court. It reads “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.”
The local area
Wimbledon has one of London’s best selections of restaurants and cafés, and there are plenty of authentic British pubs in the area, from the lively Hemingway’s to the relaxed atmosphere of The Swan. Wimbledon Village is the best place to go for independent boutique shopping, while there are a number of high street shops in the main centre of Wimbledon. If you’re looking to relax outside away from the tennis club, Wimbledon Common, home to Elisabeth Beresford's The Wombles, has 1,140 acres of woodland and its own windmill.
Places to stay
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