The Championships, Wimbledon 2020 – Packages & Travel
The Championships, Wimbledon or more commonly known simply as Wimbledon is the oldest and widely regarded the most prestigious tennis tournament on the planet! Wimbledon is the only remaining Grand Slam® to be played on a grass surface and it retains a strict dress code for all competitors to partake in predominately white clothing – adding to the prestige, tradition and aura of the event.
Wimbledon’s rich history dates back to 1877, nine years after the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was formed. Traditionally taking place over late June and early July, Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam® tournament of the year following Roland Garros, proceeding it by four weeks. For competitors it’s an honour to grace the courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and a dream to be crowned champion! As a spectator, you can expect play to be of the highest quality; the surrounds to be picturesque; and the renowned traditions such as eating strawberries and cream to be very much present. The distinct lack of advertising signage around playing courts (Rolex being the exception) is another endearing quirk of the event.
Wimbledon is a true bucket list event for any sports fan – even if they’re not particularly passionate about tennis!
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The Championships, Wimbledon 2020 Schedule of Play
*Please note that the below is based on the 2019 schedule and is therefore subject to change.
|DATE||DAY||COURT||ROUND / SESSION||PLAY STARTS FROM|
|Monday June 29||1||Centre||First Round (Men’s and Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Tuesday June 30||2||Centre||First Round (Men’s & Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Wednesday July 1||3||Centre||Second Round (Men’s & Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Thursday July 2||4||Centre||Second Round (Men’s & Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Friday July 3||5||Centre||Third Round (Men’s & Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Saturday July 4||6||Centre||Third Round (Men’s & Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Sunday July 5||–||Centre||Rest Day, No Play||–|
|Monday July 6||7||Centre||Fourth Round (Men’s & Ladies)||1:00pm|
|Tuesday July 7||8||Centre||Ladies’ Quarter-Finals||1:00pm|
|Wednesday July 8||9||Centre||Men’s Quarter-Finals||1:00pm|
|Thursday July 9||10||Centre||Ladies’ Semi-Finals||1:00pm|
|No.1||Men’s Doubles Semi-Finals; Mixed Doubles Quarter-Finals|
|Friday July 10||11||Centre||Semi-Finals (Men’s)||1:00pm|
|No.1||Ladies’ Doubles Semi-Finals, Mixed Doubles Semi-Finals||1:00pm|
|Saturday July 11||12||Centre||Ladies’ Final, Men’s Doubles Final, Ladies’ Doubles Final||2:00pm|
|Sunday July 12||13||Centre||Men’s Final, Ladies’ Doubles Final||2:00pm|
|No.1||Boys’ Singles Final, Mixed Doubles Final||1:00pm|
Why travel to The Championships, Wimbledon 2020
- Wimbledon is one of the most iconic and prestigious sporting events in the world, and undisputedly the most coveted event in tennis
- It’s full of history, culture and wonderful little idiosyncrasies such as:
- It’s the only major still played on grass – and one of very few international tournaments to still be played on the surface
- All-white dress code (or almost all-white)
- Strawberries and cream are consumed by patrons – in 2017, fans consumed 33,000 kilos of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream
- To get access to the show courts, fans normally have to queue up overnight. Although it’s considered vagrancy, it’s considered to be a part of the Wimbledon experience
- With the exception of Rolex, there is no sponsor signage around the courts
- There is no play on the middle Sunday, which is considered a rest day
- The second Monday though is often called ‘Manic Monday’ because it is the busiest day of the tournament – 32 of the best players in both the men’s and women’s draw are still playing.
Other Event Facts
- The prize money for 2019 was 38 million pounds ($70.6 million AUD – this makes it the richest Grand Slam)
- Wimbledon has the longest running sponsorship in sports history – since 1902 the balls have been supplied by Slazenger
- Players are required to bow or curtsey to the Queen or the Prince of Wales if they are present at the match
- There’s even something called the ‘Wimbledon Effect’ – this describes how a local or international organisation (i.e. the All England Tennis Club) can be highly successful despite weak domestic competition (i.e. there has been very few highly successful tennis players that have come from the UK)
- There was also a movie released about the event, ‘Wimbledon’ in 2004.
- The first tournament was staged in 1877 (142 years ago)
- It has always been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
- There have been 133 editions of Wimbledon (the event was not held between 1915 and 1918 due to WWI; and 1940 – 1945 due to WWII)
- Until 1922, the reigning champion only had to play in the final against whomever made it through to the Final
- Roger Federer holds the men’s record for the most singles titles with 8
- Martina Navratilova holds the ladies’ record for the most singles titles with 9
- Bjorn Borg holds the men’s record for the highest winning percentage with 92.72%
- Steffi Graf holds the ladies’ record for the highest winning percentage with 90.36%.
Memorable Wimbledon Moments
- John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of their first round match in 2010. The final set alone of this match went for eight hours and 11 minutes – this alone is longer than the previous record for the longest match in history. The fifth match had to be suspended twice due to poor light and was held over three days. This match would not have happened at any other tournament due to Wimbledon’s unwillingness to use tie-breakers
- Andy Murray breaking the drought of a male singles champion in 2013, defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Prior to Murray’s triumph, there had not been a male singles champion since 1936. Murray broke down in tears, the pressure on him being almost tangible given that he lost to Federer in the final the year previous
- Goran Ivanisevic defeating Pat Rafter in the final in 2001. Due to rain cancelling play on the scheduled Sunday, over 10,000 tickets were handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis which resulted in a crowd that was extraordinarily different to a tradition Wimbledon crowd. That is, the crowd was full of ‘common men’ and the atmosphere was described as being akin to a soccer crowd than a tennis crowd. The match itself was a five set classic, with Ivanisevic coming out victorious 9-7 in the fifth set
- John McEnroe let loose with his first ever “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!” in his first round match in 1981. At the time, outbursts from players were still extremely rare, and McEnroe’s outburst was like nothing else the world of tennis had ever seen
- James Ashe defeating Jimmy Connors in the 1975 final – not only was Connors the number 1 seed, he was a 9-10 favourite to win in straight sets. But what really made Ashe’s victory memorable was the fact that just weeks before the match, Connors had launched a $5 million libel suit against Ashe for him (Ashe) criticizing Connors’ decision not to play in the US Davis Cup team. Last and certainly not least, Ashe’s victory meant that he became the first and only African American to win Wimbledon
- What’s often described as the greatest tennis match in history – Rafael Nadal’s five set victory over Roger Federer in the 2008 Final. Prior to the 2008 Final, Federer had bested Nadal twice in the Wimbledon final in both 2006 and 2007. What’s more, leading into the match, incredibly Federer had not lost a match at Wimbledon since 2002 and was subsequently shooting for his sixth straight Wimbledon crown. The match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes which until this year’s final between Federer and Djokovic, held the record for the longest singles final in Wimbledon history.
2020 Wimbledon – Event Details
|Event official name:||The Championships, Wimbledon 2020|
|Event start date:||29 June 2020|
|Event end date:||12 July 2020|
|Event official website:||www.wimbledon.com|
|Event location:||All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club|
|Event address:||Church Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE, UK|
|Package prices from:||$1,685|
The Championships, Wimbledon 2020 Packages:
1 Night Package2020 Wimbledon Championship package includes: 1 nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Novotel London Paddington – View Hotel Locations – View Hotel Prices Includes Breakfast daily Reserved debenture seating for 1 match day with your choice of one of the following courts – View Ticket Upgrades No. 1 Court Centre Court Access to the corresponding Debenture Lounge where ...