Here are the ten interesting facts about The Championships:

1. The singles champions will pocket USD 2.96 million each in prize money, with more than USD 41.7 million up for grabs in total.

2. 54,250 tennis balls will be used in the The Championships. Each ball is hand-tested for weight, bounce and compression. These balls are stored at exactly 68F.

3. About 6,000 staff members are employed for the Championships, that includes 250 ball boys and girls and 1,800 catering staff.

4. Around 28,000 kg of Strawberries served with over 7,000 liters of fresh cream are expected to be consumed during the fortnight. 2100 kg consumed everyday. Price of strawberries and cream punnet is £2.50.

5. Between 1992 and 2000 there has not been a winner of the men's singles from the USA.

6. The Wimbledon Championships started in 1877 but did not take up residence at Church Road until 1922.

7. Prize money was first awarded at Wimbledon in 1968 and the total prize was just £26,150.

8. The longest match at Wimbledon or any tournament in history was played for 11 hours and five minutes. John Isner of USA beats Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. The final set alone lasted an unbelievable 8hrs 11mins.

9. The famous Wimbledon turf is a mixture of 70 pc perennial rye grass and 30 pc Barcrown creeping red fescue. It is cut to a height of exactly eight millimetres.

10. Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation in Europe with 1800 staff. Here is the list of average quantities supplied by caterers.

350,000 cups of tea and coffee.
150,000 bottles of water.
207,000 meals served.
230,000 glasses of Pimm's.
190,000 sandwiches.
150,000 bath buns, scones, pasties and doughnuts.
130,000 lunches are served.
100,000 pints of draught beer and lager.
60,000 sausage baguettes.
40,000 char-grilled meals served.
32,000 portions of fish and chips.
30,000 litres of milk.
142,000 portions of English strawberries.

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