The Wimbledon courts are unique as it is the last remaining Grand Slam event played on the lush grass courts which has seen some of the best ever battles, including the epic Borg / McEnroe final of 1980 which many would call the greatest tennis match ever.
To this day Wimbledon remains the quintessential British sporting day out, whether you spend your time watching the play on the outside courts while indulging in the Wimbledon custom of eating strawberries and cream.
Wimbledon Centre Court
Wimbledon Centre court is just about the most famous tennis court in the world which now has a capacity of 15,000. The Centre Court at Wimbledon can be compared in sporting importance to Lords for Cricket , to Wembley for football and even Twickenham to rugby.
It first opened in 1922 and had its roof changed for the first time in 1992. The roof has subsequenty been changed once more to add a new Centre Court retractable roof, which was used for the first time in 2009.
The Centre Court boasts its own Royal Box along with boxes used by major dignatories and the like. With the installation of the new roof, came new media facilities, scoreboards social areas, lifts, video facilities and new wider seats.
The inscription above the entry way to Centre Court reads "If you can meet with triumph and disaster / And treat those two imposters just the same" which is a famous line taken from a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled simply...If.
Wimbledon Court No1
Wimbledon court number 1 is also a great theatre for the best of the tennis professionals to showcase their talents and has a very large seating capacity only surpassed by the centre court. Play starts on Centre and No.1 Courts at 1.00p.m. For the first eleven days and 2.00 pm on the final days. Court No1 has a capacity of 11,249 and was opened in 1997 to replace the old court 1 which was attatched to Centre Court.