Wimbledon Tennis 2014
The Wimbledon Tennis 2014 start
and end dates are: 23rd June - 6th July
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History of Tennis |
Strawberries & Tennis
you arrived at this page looking for the Wimbledon Timetable,
or Results, there is a Programme of Play (external link).
Introduction to Wimbledon
is home to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club who
organise the world famous Wimbledon tennis tournament held in the last
week of June and first week of July. The tennis complex in
Church Road is
also home to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Here there
is an impressive display of tennis material relating to the
long history of the sport. On view are collections of
tennis outfits, rackets, balls and other tennis memorabilia.
Wimbledon championship trophies are also on display. The famous
Centre Court can be viewed. There is also a coffee shop
within the museum. See also London
Pass details for free admission to the Wimbledon
Lawn Tennis Museum and other top London attractions, together
with free travel throughout London.
tennis travel information Travelling by
Parking in the streets around the
championships is not allowed and offending vehicles will be towed
There are several car parks in the vicinity of
the tennis club and you can find more details
about travelling by car and car parking,
including Wimbledon Park and Ride, in an
external link here.
Travelling to the Tennis Championships to and from Wimbledon and Southfields stations.
In addition to regular public transport connections
(see Wimbledon - Travel Tips) there are special bus services
to and from Wimbledon and Southfields stations. For daily
availability and timings visit London General's website pages: Wimbledon Station to the tennis and Southfields Station to the tennis and Central London to the tennis.
Taxi Sharing to the Tennis Championships from Wimbledon Station
Head for the forecourt of Wimbledon Station (main
exit) where you will see marshals representing licensed taxi drivers
(mornings only) on hand to direct you to shared
If you prefer walking, "Walk 2" detailed on our Wimbledon
Walks page will guide you to the tennis
Taxi Sharing to the Tennis Championships from Southfields Station
Similar taxi sharing arrangements as at Wimbledon Station are in place.
Leaving the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club
Again similar arrangements are in place: special bus and shared taxi
History of Tennis
Walter Clapton Wingfield, a British army major is credited with
inventing the game of tennis in 1873. He patented the game
under the name of Sphairistike in 1874, basing the name
on sphairistike techne which is Greek for the "art
of playing ball". It is believed that Wingfield
adapted the popular English indoor games such as badminton,
squash rackets and court tennis for outdoor suitability.
Although the game was known widely for some time under
Wingfields patented name, players gradually started using the
terms Tennis-on-the-lawn or lawn tennis.
and Wimbledon Tennis
Strawberries are a variety of the rose family called Fragaria.
They are short plants that grow sideways spreading out
runners. The ends of the plant stems swell up and redden
after the flowers have been pollinated. The actual fruit
is the tiny seed embedded in the fleshy strawberry. Strawberries are, therefore, not berries.
The word strawberry comes from the Old English streowberie or streawbelige. This is probably a combination of
the words strewed & berry. Strewed means scattered or spread across. Straw could have
referred to the straw that was used to keep the
strawberries fertile and dry. Animal dung was often mixed
in with the straw.
There are also small wild strawberries that often grow
on the edges of woods. These taste and smell delicious.
The Romans were the first to cultivate the crop while the
14th century saw a popularity of growing
strawberries in the gardens of French palaces. They were a
luxury and poor children would pick them to sell to the
During Shakespeare's time the playwright George Peele
in his play The Old Wives Tale, wrote a song linking
strawberries with summer and delight.
the rye reach to the chin,
And chopcherry, chopcherry, ripe within,
Strawberties swimming in the cream,
And schoolboys playing in the stream
In those times strawberries were eaten fresh or made
into a sauce
to be eaten with meat. In 1874 sugar tax was abolished and
consequently sugar became cheaper. This saw a huge
increase in boiling strawberries with sugar to make jam
and by the 20th century there was widespread
strawberry cultivation in Kent to supply the markets of
Strawberries are a source of natural sugar and provide
good quantities of vitamin C as well as potassium, which
is a mineral essential in our diet. Unfortunately,
strawberries rapidly lose their vitamin C after picking.
In the UK strawberries are in season between May and
September. During the rest of the year they are imported
from countries such as Spain or the USA. Most commonly,
strawberries are grown on fruit farms and shoppers buy
them in supermarkets either fresh, frozen, canned or as
jam. Many fruit farms encourage people to visit and pick
their own fruit.
year about 27,000 kilos of strawberries are
eaten during the Wimbledon Tennis
Championships, together with 7,000 litres of
cream. * The popularity of serving
strawberries with cream is possibly as old
as the event itself.
* Source: BBC:
BluePeter sports section.
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