At DQ Global® we talk a lot about data and the impact it has in the business world. As Monday 24th June sees the start of Wimbledon in London, here is some Wimbledon data that we have gathered. We thought this trivial data might interest even the non-tennis players!
- Wimbledon is the oldest grand slam tennis tournament that is played on the original surface of grass and the tournament was first played in 1877.
- Eating Strawberries and cream is a tradition at Wimbledon and 28,000 kg of fruit will be consumed along with 7,000 litres of cream.
- 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s were served last year.
- Yellow balls were first used in 1986 and they will be collected by a total of 200 ball boys and girls.
- 54,250 tennis balls were used during the tournament last year, each one hand-tested for weight, bounce and compression and stored at exactly 68F.
- The last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936 and the last British lady was Virginia Wade in 1977.
- 38,500 spectators are in the grounds at any one time.
- In 2012 – peak audience of 16.9m tuned in to watch the Men’s Singles Final (Andy Murray v Roger Federer) believed to be the highest audience figure for a Wimbledon final since Borg v McEnroe in 1980.
- Wimbledon has 965,000 Facebook likes and more than 320,000 twitter followers.
Let’s hope the sun shines for the next two weeks!