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Wimbledon in numbers

Before play begins at the world's best tennis tournament, let's take a look at some vital stats

Written by
Liz Darke
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Can't wait for this year's Wimbledon Tennis Championships? Wimby fans and stat fiends, feel free to check out some of the tournament's most interesting dates and numbers below. 

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1901

was the year that dark green and purple were introduced as the tournament's colours. They were made club colours following the discovery that the original ones (blue, yellow, red and green) were almost identical to those of the Royal Marines.

19

is the number of grass courts (including Centre Court and No.1 Court) there are within the All England Lawn Tennis Grounds.

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© Atomic Taco

54,250

is the amount of tennis balls used during the Championships. The bright yellow balls (used for first time in 1986, they were originally white) are stored at 20 degrees celsius.

© Patrick Lambert

150,000

bottles of water are drunk throughout the Championships.

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© A and J SeppySills

230,000

glasses of Pimm's are drunk throughout the Championships.

© Fernando Stankuns

28,000

bananas are consumed by the players during the Championships.

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© joerundle31

1995

was when the all-white kit rule was introduced. All players' kit is submitted for assessment earlier in year and it is at the discretion of the referee on the day whether a player's attire is suitable.

© _JDS_

290 million

is how many tennis balls it would take to fill Centre Court when the roof is closed.

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© David Quick

148

miles per hour is the fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon. It was served by Taylor Dent of the USA in 2010.

© FABERG Tennis Tour

40

square metres is the size of the big screen overlooking Henman Hill.

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© Andy2982

11.5

hours was the length of the longest match ever played at Wimbledon. Taking place in 2010, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played on Court 18 for over three days in total. Isner came through as the winner after taking the fifth set 70-68.

© joerundle31

660

matches are played over the course of the two-week tournament.

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40

miles of racket string is used during the Championships.

© Andrew Talaga

250

ball boys and girls are employed for the tournament, all from local schools.

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© Fried Dough

28,000

kilograms of strawberries are consumed during the fortnight, which are served with over 7,000 litres of fresh cream.

© Tom Lovelock / AELTC

£1.88m

is the prize both the male and female Singles Champions will take home. The prize winnings for men and women have been equal since 2007.

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© Adrian Dennis

77

years was the length of time since a Briton had won the Men's Singles title until Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the final in 2013.

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