2017 marks the 140th anniversary of The Championships, Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments — the only one to still be played on grass — and spans a fortnight, usually in late June and early July. Gentlemen’s Singles titleholders are awarded a silver gilt cup, while champions of the Ladies’ Singles win a sterling silver salver known as the "Venus Rosewater Dish."
A formal air is adopted in Wimbledon. Players adhere to a strict dress code of almost all white clothing, advertising around the courts is eschewed, and the event is consistently patronized by British royalty. Additionally, small fleets of court attendants keep the tournament running smoothly, which includes briskly covering the courts in the event of rain. Audiences wolf down approximately 28,000 kilograms of strawberries and 10,000 liters of cream, the decadent snack of the event, during each Wimbledon.
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer co-hold the record for most Championship victories with seven wins each. Despite being a U.K. tournament, no male citizen of the Isles emerged victorious from 1936 to 2013, when Andy Murray ended the drought. Martina Navratilova holds the Ladies’ records for most consecutive and total overall championships, at six and nine wins respectively. Renowned siblings Serena and Venus Williams have notched up five titles each from 2000 to 2012.