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About Wimbledon 

Crisp grass. White outfits. Summer in London. It's Wimbledon, one of the most iconic tournaments in all of tennis and the third Grand Slam event of the year. Every June, thousands descend on the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for the best of grass court tennis. 

Wimbledon's inaugural edition took place back in 1877, won by local tennis and cricket player Spencer Gore. To say the era was different is an understatement, though — the final was attended by only 200 fans, while the 2018 final had an attendance of almost 15,000 to see Novak Djokovic defeat Kevin Anderson in three sets to claim his fourth Wimbledon title. On the women's side, Angelique Kerber pulled off an upset over Serena Williams in two sets, giving the German her first win at the All England Club and her third overall win in a Grand Slam tournament.

Historically, no man has been more successful on the Wimbledon grass than Swiss legend Roger Federer, who has claimed eight titles dating back to his first victory in 2003. For the women, Martina Navratilova holds the crown. The Czech megastar won a whopping nine titles at the All England Club from 1978 to 1990.

It's not just the action on the courts that is historic at Wimbledon. One of the most interesting traditions in sports involves the tournament and...strawberries. Dating back to the early days of Wimbledon in the late 19th century, the fruit has always been eaten in massive quantities throughout the tournament, peaking at a consumption of more than 28,000 kilograms in modern times. Why strawberries? The most commonly accepted theory is that strawberries were eaten as part of afternoon tea in Victorian England, a tradition that took hold in Wimbledon and that continues to this day.