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Wimbledon Tennis 2014

The Wimbledon Tennis 2014 start and end dates are: 23rd June - 6th July

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Introduction | Tennis Travel | Parking | Short History of Tennis | Strawberries & Tennis

If you arrived at this page looking for the Wimbledon Timetable, or Results, there is a Programme of Play (external link). 

Introduction to Wimbledon 2014

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.

Wimbledon tennis travel information Travelling by car

Parking in the streets around the championships is not allowed and offending vehicles will be towed away.

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 taxis.

If you prefer walking, "Walk 2" detailed on our Wimbledon Walks page will guide you to the tennis club.

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 services.

Short History of Tennis

Major 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.

Strawberries 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 rich.

During Shakespeare's time the playwright George Peele in his play The Old Wives Tale, wrote a song linking strawberries with summer and delight.

"When as 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 London.

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.

Every 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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