British Wimbledon Traditions
Whether you are a tennis fanatic or simply fancy a day out, there is no denying the thrilling tennis on offer at Wimbledon is something to admire and enjoy. Commencing from Monday 3rd July 2017 and ending with the grand final on Friday 16th July 2017, everyone at our hotel in Chelsea is certainly getting excited about witnessing history in the making at the 150th Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
With Wimbledon just around the corner, we thought we take a look back at the quintessentially British traditions that have made this tennis tournament what it is today…
1. All In White
All players must wear white at the tournament, that means no solid mass of colouring, little or no dark or bold colours, and certainly no fluorescent colours. All other items of clothing such as hats, socks and shoes must also be almost entirely white.
The organisers are incredibly strict when it comes to the all-white apparel rule, Roger Federer was once pulled up by organisers for flouting the rules whilst sporting orange soles to his shoes during his first-round match.
2. Strawberries & Cream
Wimbledon has been serving strawberries and cream since the first ever Wimbledon tournament in 1877. Strawberries and tennis signal the arrival of summer and both spectators and players relish this fresh treat throughout the tournament.
Today during Wimbledon matches, umpires still refer to players as Mr, Miss and Mrs as per their marital status. This is especially true in the case of women today, however for men, the chair umpires will sometimes miss out their title.
4. Day of Rest
The middle Sunday of the Wimbledon fortnight is the “day of rest”. This is to allow the tennis lawns to recover and be prepared for another week of matches. Although the players are allowed a competitive ‘pause’, the head groundsman and his team of 28 are in at dawn to tend to the famously precious grass.
At Wimbledon, ball boys and girls play a crucial role in the smooth running of the tournament and are known as BBGs. Most BBGs are around 15 years old and a good BBG should blend into the background and get on with their job quietly.
If you’re planning a visit to the famous Wimbledon grounds and need a luxury hotel to rest your weary head after a long day of supporting your favourite players, then come and stay at our luxury hotel in Chelsea, The Draycott Hotel.
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