From June 27th to July 10th, 2016, the tennis world will descend upon the historic All England Lawn Tennis Club, where since 1877, many of the sport’s greatest competitors have tested their skill and determination on Wimbledon’s famous natural grass courts.
Arguably the most impressive and prestigious major tennis tournament, the early rounds of Singles and Doubles are played during the first week, with top seeds playing on the Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2. The Ladies’ and Men’s Singles Finals take place over the final weekend of the Championships. Each year, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and three invitational events. The five major trophies which the players compete for during the course of the Wimbledon Championships include:
- The Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy, which was first presented by the All England Club in 1887. It replaced the Field Cup (1877-1883) and the Challenge Cup (1884-1886), which were both won by William Renshaw after twice winning the gentlemen’s title three times in succession.
- The Ladies’ Singles Trophy is a silver salver, sometimes referred to as the Rosewater Dish or Venus Rosewater Dish, and was first presented to the Champion when the challenge round was introduced in 1886.
- The Gentlemen’s Doubles Trophy is a silver challenge cup for the Gentlemen’s Pairs’ competition. When the doubles moved to Wimbledon in 1884, the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club presented the trophy to the All England Club.
- The Ladies’ Doubles Trophy is an elegant silver cup and cover, known as The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup, and was presented to the Club in 1949 by HRH The Princess Marina, President of the All England Club.
- The Mixed Doubles Trophy is a silver challenge cup and cover presented to the All England Club by the family of the late S.H. Smith. S.H. Smith won the doubles title in 1902 and 1906, in partnership with the late F.L. Riseley.
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