Wimbledon, the oldest tennis competition in the world gets underway from June 27- July 10 for the 135th time. Widely considered the most prestigious tennis event, Wimbledon is known for its quirky rules, indulgent snacks, and the creation of legends.

Below is everything you need to know about the biggest tennis tournament of the summer.

What is Wimbledon?

Wimbledon is the British variant of the four major tennis tournaments hosted every year by the ATP Professional Tennis Tour. Others, The Australian, US and French Open, are played on clay and hard courts, while Wimbledon is the only major still played on the traditional grass surface.

It is hosted at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon London, and has been played since 1877, attracting tourists, celebrities, and the best tennis players in the world.

The oldest tennis tournament in existence, Wimbledon was also the birthplace of the modern game with rules that have remained largely unchanged since 1877.

Today, the tournament is made up of 128 men and 128 women, featuring men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles tournaments. The men’s singles is by far the most watched of the tournament, the final of which is held at the famed Centre Court with a crowd of almost 15,000 in attendance.

Where and when is the Wimbledon Championship being played?

Wimbledon will begin on the 27th of June and will last two weeks with the final on the 10th of July. The preliminary stages take place on the courts surrounding the stadium, with the later stages of the tournament and the final taking place on Centre Court.

The competition takes place at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, situated in the south-west of London, England.

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Who are the previous winners of the Wimbledon?

Every winner of Wimbledon will go down in history as one of the best tennis players of all time. Due to its prominence, it is a favourite of fans and players and affords more bragging rights to winners than any other major.

The victor of the Wimbledon Men’s and Women’s Singles Tournament will take home a cheque for over a million pounds and, in most years, 2000 ATP ranking points, enhancing the players position in the table of best players.

Previous winners include the famous Englishman victor who won the title between 1934-36, Fred Perry. Andy Murray who was the next British player to win 77 years later in 2013, and most notably, Roger Federer from Switzerland, who has won the title eight times, making him the second most successful Wimbledon player ever and the most successful male player.

The most successful Wimbledon player of all time is Martina Navratilova, who won nine championships in her career. She is regarded as one of the best female tennis players of all time. The world no.1 for 332 weeks and the doubles no.1 for 237 weeks, she is the only player ever to hold both positions for over 200 weeks. Alongside her nine singles titles she has also won seven doubles championships at Wimbledon.

Many other greats have graced the grass at Centre Court, including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Billie Jean King.

The pot for the 2021 tournament was £35 million with the men’s and women’s winners taking home £1.7 million each. Runners up and semi-finalists take home £900,000 and £465,000 respectively.

What are the odds for Wimbledon?

This year at Wimbledon, Iga Swiatek is the favourite to win the women’s singles and is priced at 13/8 to do so. Second favourite is Naomi Osaka at 13/2 and the seven-time Wimbledon winner Serena Williams comes in at 16/1. British up and comer, Emma Raducanu is also 16/1 to bounce back from her early exit from the French Open and recurring injury problems, which caused her to retire in the first round of the Nottingham Open.

The men’s tournament is expected to be won by Novak Djokovic at 5/6 but young Spanish powerhouse Carlos Alcaraz could give him a run for his money at 13/2. Former world number one and two time Wimbledon winner Nadal is second favourite at 6/1 after a remarkable 14th French Open in June. Two-time winner Andy Murray has shown improved form recently, reaching the finals of ATP Stuttgart and is 22/1 to spring a surprise back in SW19.

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