The next stop of the tour is at The Championships, Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world and considered the most prestigious. The tournament takes place over two weeks in late July, culminating with the Ladie’s and Gentlemen’s Singles Final, scheduled always for the second Saturday and Sunday respectively. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.
The strict white rule was introduced in 1963 and the ‘almost entire in white rule’ in 1995. Player’s apparel is submitted to the Club for approbation and the referee can disapprove the player’s outfit on the day of the game.
‘Almost entirely in white rule’ guidelines:
1. No solid mass of coloring.
2. Little or no dark or bold colors.
3. No fluorescent colors.
4. Preference towards pastel colors.
5.Preference for back of shirt to be totally white.
6. Preference for shorts and skirts to be totally white.
7. All other items of clothing including hats, socks and shoes to be almost entirely white.
Back in 2000 the club started seeing pigeons as a real problem when Pete Sampras found himself scaring them out of Center Court, that’s when Rufus the Harris Hawk was brought in as the official Bird Scarer of the tournament and he’s been on duty since then. He has accounts on Twitter and Facebook and his own Wimbledon security photocard pass with the job title ‘Bird Scarer’.
The 2016 Championships are scheduled to begin on 27 June 2016.
Check out the infographic for more Wimbledon facts and figures.
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