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image: wimbledon logoOn 25 June 1969, Ricardo Gonzales beat Charles Pasarell in the longest singles match ever played in history of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The match lasted for 5 hours and 12 minutes, during which 112 games were played.

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The Championships Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has been held at at the end of June at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877.

Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the only one still played on the game's original surface, grass.

Interesting facts about Wimbledon

Wimbledon started as only Gentlemen's Single Championship, in which only 22 players participated and a few hundred spectators were in attendance.

Wednesday 24 June 2009 was the highest day attendance in history - 46,826.

Over the Wimbledon fortnight, there are 687 matches in total.

Ladies Single Championship and Gentlemen's Double were introduced in Wimbledon in 1884.

There are more than 200 ball boys and ball girls used to fetch tennis balls during Wimbledon.

New balls are supplied after every 7 to 9 games.

Each year about 52,000 balls are used, which then go on sale to the public at £2.50 for three

Competitors at Wimbledon must adhere to an all-white dress code.

The last British winners of the Wimbledon singles titles were Fred Perry, in 1936, and Virginia Wade in 1977.  

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