Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament inthe world, considered by many to be the mostprestigious. It has been held at the All EnglandClub in Wimbledon, London since 1877. It is oneof the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.Wimbledon is the only Major still played ongrass, the games original surface, which gavethe game of lawn tennis its name.
Wimbledon HistoryThe All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club isa private club founded in 1868, originally as TheAll England Croquet Club. Its first ground wassituated off Worple Road, Wimbledon.
Tennis & the Olympics• The tennis event of the 30th Olympiad, to be staged in London, will be held on the lawns of The All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, for nine days from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 5th August 2012. The event is organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), working closely with the International Tennis Federation, on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Tennis & the olympics• Tennis has long been associated with the modern Olympic Games, reaching back to the beginning when the game was one of nine sports being contested. Tennis continued to be a contesting sport up until after the games of 1924, when the International Tennis Federation could not reach agreement with the IOC over the amateur question and general management of the tournament, which resulted in tennis being side- lined for 64 years until 1988.
The Event 2012• 172 players (86 men, 86 women)• Five medal events - men’s and women’s singles (64 draws) and men’s and women’s doubles (32 draws) , mixed doubles (16 draw - last held in1924).• All matches will be the best of three sets with the exception of the men’s singles final, which will be the best of five sets. All mixed doubles matches will be resolved by a first-to-10 tie-break if they reach one set all.• The competition 2012 ends on Sunday 5th August