Some fun Wimbledon stats for you


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 04 July 2014
  • Copyright: All facts copyright of Image appears courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It's one of the major sporting events of the year. At the end of June each year, the courts open for Wimbledon.

Last year we looked at the men's professional game in detail. But how about this year, we look at the fun statistics of Wimbledon? Just how many punnets of strawberries are consumed? Thanks to the BBC and, we can find out.

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  • The most aces ever served in the history of Wimbledon was by Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia in 2001 - a mighty 212. For the ladies, 2 US players share this honour - Alexandra Stevenson and Serena Williams at 78.
  • The fastest serve of all time was by Taylor Dent in 2010 - 148 mph. The fastest serve by a female player was by Venus Williams in 2008 - 129 mph.
  • There were 750 entries for being a ball boy or girl and 250 lucky ones got through.
  • 54,250 balls on average are used each tournament.
  • Yellow balls were only used for the first time in 1986.
  • The grass length in the courts has to be precisely 8mm.
  • The longest match ever played in Wimbledon history was between John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. In 2010, this match needed to be played over 3 days and lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. The final set lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes alone.
  • Wimbledon has a global audience of approximately 378.8 million from 198 territories.
  • It won't surprise you but the highest ratings ever recorded was when Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final - 17.8 million tuned in to watch the Scot's victory.
  • The grounds can hold 38,500 spectators.
  • For Centre Court, 8 litres per second of fresh air per person pumped into the bowl to manage the environment and 9 chiller units are used to cool the air.
  • The top selling item in the Wimbledon shop is the Championship towel (28,600 sold on average each year).
  • Despite regular appearances in recent years from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen has only attended Wimbledon 4 times - 1957, 1962, 1977 and 2010 (hope it wasn't the Isner vs Mahut match).

Food stats - are you ready?

  • 300,000 cups of tea and coffee
    250,000 bottles of water
    207,000 meals served
    200,000 glasses of Pimm's
    190,000 sandwiches
    150,000 bath buns, scones, pasties and doughnuts
    135,000 ice creams
    130,000 lunches are served
    100,000 pints of draught beer and lager
    60,000 Dutchees
    40,000 char-grilled meals served
    32,000 portions of fish and chips
    30,000 litres of milk
    28,000 kg (112,000 punnets) of English strawberries, served with over 7,000 litres of fresh cream.
    25,000 bottles of champagne
    15,000 bananas
    20,000 portions of frozen yoghurt
    12,000 kg of poached salmon and smoked salmon
    7,000 litres of dairy cream
    6,000 stone baked pizzas

Source: (Facts and Figures)

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