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Wimbledon Championships

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The Wimbledon Championships, commonly known simply as Wimbledon,[lower-alpha 3] is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely regarded as the most prestigious.[2][3][4][5][6] It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts, with retractable roofs over the two main courts since 2019.

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Wimbledon Championships
Official website
Founded1877; 146 years ago (1877)
Editions135 (2022)
LocationLondon
England, United Kingdom
VenueAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Worple Road (1877–1921)
Church Road (since 1922)
SurfaceGrass outdoors[lower-alpha 1]
Prize money£40,350,000 (2022)[1]
Men's
DrawS (128Q) / 64D (16Q)[lower-alpha 2]
Current championsNovak Djokovic (singles)
Matthew Ebden / Max Purcell (doubles)
Most singles titlesRoger Federer (8)
Most doubles titlesTodd Woodbridge (9)
Women's
DrawS (128Q) / 64D (16Q)
Current championsElena Rybakina (singles)
Barbora Krejčíková / Kateřina Siniaková (doubles)
Most singles titlesMartina Navratilova (9)
Most doubles titlesElizabeth Ryan (12)
Mixed doubles
Draw48
Current championsDesirae Krawczyk / Neal Skupski
Most titles (male)Leander Paes (4)
Vic Seixas (4)
Owen Davidson (4)
Ken Fletcher (4)
Most titles (female)Elizabeth Ryan (7)
Grand Slam
Last completed
2022 Wimbledon
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Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open. Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass, the traditional tennis playing surface. Also, it is the only Grand Slam that retains a night-time curfew, though matches can now continue until 11.00 pm under the lights.

The tournament traditionally takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, starting on the last Monday in June and culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Finals, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday at the end of the second week. Five major events are held each year, with additional junior and invitational competitions also taking place. In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain. A roof was operational over No. 1 Court from 2019,[7] when a number of other improvements were made, including adding cushioned seating, a table and 10 independently operable cameras per court to capture the games.

Wimbledon traditions include a strict all-white dress code for competitors, and royal patronage. Strawberries and cream are traditionally consumed at the tournament.[8] Unlike other tournaments, advertising is minimal and low key from official suppliers such as Slazenger and Rolex. The relationship with Slazenger is the world's longest-running sporting sponsorship, providing balls for the tournament since 1902.[9]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Wimbledon was cancelled, the first cancellation of the tournament since World War II.[10] The rescheduled 134th edition was staged from 28 June 2021 to 11 July 2021, following from the 2020 cancellation. The 135th edition was played between 27 June 2022 and 10 July 2022, and regularly scheduled play occurred on the middle Sunday for the first time. It marks the centenary of the inaugural championships staged at the Centre Court. The ATP, ITF, and WTA did not award ranking points for the 2022 tournament, due to controversy over the tournament excluding players representing Russia and Belarus.

The 2023 Wimbledon Championships will be the 136th staging and will run from 3 July 2023 to 16 July 2023 and it will be the first event of King Charles III since the death of the former patron, Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022.