It’s time to *serve* the strawberries and pour the pimms as the second week of Wimbledon bounces into action.
Here’s ten facts you may not know about our favourite summer tournament
1. 54,250 tennis balls are used during the two week Championships period.
2. Every single ball will have been individually hand tested for bounce, weight and compression. That’s because according to strict tennis rules, the ball must bounce between 53 and 58 inches after being dropped onto concrete from a height of 100 inches.
3. 8 litres per second of fresh air per person are pumped into the centre court bowl to manage the environment.
4. 7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof on centre court.
5. The court grass is composed of 100% recycled rye grass.
6. 6,000 members of staff are taken on for the duration of the Championships.
7. The fastest serve ever hit at Wimbledon came from American Taylor Dent in 2010. It reached 184mph.
8. The world record for longest match was set in 2010 between American John Isner and French player Nicholas Mahut. It lasted three days and the final set was 8 hours 11 minutes long.
9. Novak Djokovic’s victory over Roger Federer in the 2011 final drew a peak audience of 10 million viewers on the BBC.
10. A Harris Hawk named Rufus visits the tennis club on a weekly basis to deter local pigeons from roosting. During the Championships he visits daily before gates open.