Wimbledon is, in fact, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, held annually since 1877 at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. The grass tennis courts of Wimbledon have been graced for decades by tennis royalty such as Björn Borg, Fred Perry, the Williams sisters, Billie Jean King, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

The courts have also witnessed some incredible matches such as the nail-biting final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in 1980, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams in 2004, and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in 2013.

1884 marked a turning point for Wimbledon as it introduced the ladies championships, the first year to include women in the tournament. However, during this era womenswear was highly conservative and were forced to endure the heat in floor-length dresses and long sleeves.

May Sutton Bundy, the first American to win the women’s singles championships in 1905 caused quite the scandal as she rolled up her sleeves, revealing her wrists- the horror!

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Serena and Venus Williams are not only two household names but are both esteemed regulars at Wimbledon. The sisters together have won 12 Wimbledon singles titles between 2000 and 2016, Venus having won five, Serena seven.

They have both been ranked world number one in both singles and doubles. Though their rivalry is recognized worldwide, they remain close and supportive of one another, the qualities of true sportsmanship!

Throughout Wimbledon history, the tournament has inspired thousands and has produced some of the finest and best tennis players in the world seen in ruthless competition. As the tennis season carries on, there’s no better time to take a look at some tennis memorabilia out there on the auction market.

So let the summer months roll in and enjoy some outdoor tennis with a cool lemonade in celebration of this legendary competition!

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