Wimbledon is coming soon!
First played in 1877, the tournament was only open to male competitors; the first women's match was played almost a decade later in 1884. Five trophies in total are awarded each year at Wimbledon; one each in Gentlemen's Singles (The Challenge Cup), Ladies' Singles (The Venus Rosewater Dish), Gentlemen's and Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles (The Gentleman's Doubles Trophy, The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup and The Mixed Doubles Trophy, respectively). Wimbledon is steeped in tradition and proud of its 138 year history. Each year, players must adhere to a strict dress code which allows for only 'whites' to be worn. Other regulations forbid sponsors to advertise on the tournament grounds and on the last Sunday of June, no matches are played.
Last year, the Challenge Cup winner was Serbian native Novak Djokovic, while the Rosewater Dish was presented to Petra Kvitová from the Czech Republic. And, while tennis fans around the world wonder who the victors will be in 2015, there already seems to be a great deal of excitement building in the Gentlemen's camp; and for good reason. This summer may be the year for another milestone in Wimbledon's history books as Roger Federer can very well become the most successful player in Men's Singles at Wimbledon. Currently, Federer, William Renshaw and Pete Sampras are tied, each having won seven Wimbledon titles. This summer, Federer can steal the title for himself and become the only player in the history of Wimbledon to win eight titles.
Aside from tournament play itself, those fans in attendance are treated to English hospitality at its finest. And in that regard, no trip to Wimbledon would be complete without sitting down to traditional Afternoon Tea. Nowadays, Afternoon Tea is as hugely popular as ever, and using the freshest ingredients, guests can enjoy classic reception sandwiches, Devon scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, a selection of tea pastries, along with the Wimbledon favourite of a bowl of strawberries and cream. And of course, not forgetting a pot of Indian tea.
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