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Tennis 10sBalls • The Championships Wimbledon 2018: Every Fact • Figure • Obscure Detail From Hot London

A ball boy stands on Court 17 at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament in London, Great Britain, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

 

Editors Note • This was lost in “our” system. We posted 99 stories on this year’s event. So here we are with number 100! 10sballs had a staff of 6 there. It was without doubt all a blur. (no, not from Pimms) So many players doing the UN expected. Or more unexpected like the tourney referee putting Roger Federer seeded number one on the ”secondary” stadium. (Court 1)…instead of his WIMBLEDON Center Court…

 

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018: FACTS AND FIGURES

Aces (most served during The Championships)

Ladies: 48 – Serena Williams (USA)

Gentlemen: 214 – John Isner (USA)

 

Attendance

Overall attendance was 473,169 (for 13 days)

 

Broadcast (early headline audience figures)

For the first time in The Championships’ history, under Wimbledon Broadcast Services, all 18 Championships Courts were televised, made up of 11 ‘manned’ camera courts and seven ‘robotic’ camera courts

Another landmark saw Centre Court televised in 4K High Dynamic Range for the first time

BBC had a cumulative audience reach of 26 million, with their highest peak for the third round match between Novak Djokovic vs Kyle Edmund, which achieved 6.54 million

BBC’s coverage of the Singles Finals peaked at 4.6 million for the Ladies’ Singles Final and 4.5 million for the Gentlemen’s Singles Final

In America, ESPN had a cumulative reach of 29.42 million, with their highest peak for the Ladies’ Singles Final reaching 2.910 million

(Editors note – amazing in itself, we kept getting complaints from America that finding tennis on TV was hard? Except for finals)

 

Champions

Gentlemen’s Singles: Novak Djokovic (SRB)

Ladies’ Singles: Angelique Kerber (GER)

Gentlemen’s Doubles: Mike Bryan (USA) & Jack Sock (USA)

Ladies’ Doubles: Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) & Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

Mixed Doubles: Alexander Peya (AUT) & Nicole Melichar (USA)

Boys’ Singles: Tseng Chun Hsin (TPE)

Girls’ Singles: Iga Swiatek (POL)

Boys’ Doubles: Yanki Erel (TUR) & Otto Virtanen (FIN)

Girls’ Doubles: Wang Xinyu (CHN) & Wang Xiyu (CHN)

Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles: Stefan Olsson (SWE)

Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles: Diede De Groot (NED)

Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles: Alfie Hewett (GBR) & Gordon Reid (GBR)

Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles: Diede De Groot (NED) & Yui Kamiji (JPN)

Quad Wheelchair Doubles Exhibition: Andy Lapthorne (GBR) & David Wagner (USA)

Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles: Tommy Haas (GER) & Mark Philippoussis (AUS)

Ladies’ Invitation Doubles: Kim Clijsters (BEL) & Rennae Stubbs (AUS)

Gentlemen’s Senior Invitation Doubles: Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) & Todd Woodbridge (AUS)

 

Fastest Serve

Ladies: 125mph – Serena Williams (USA)

Gentlemen: 147mph – Milos Raonic (CAN)

 

Food & Drink

190,900 portions of Kent strawberries

111,250 traditional English scones

19,104 serves of fish and chips

6,243 serves of pasta for competitors

4,520 serves of sushi for competitors

273,603 glasses of Pimm’s

(10sBalls had its share and then some)

 

Official Suppliers• Retail

During The Championships • Items sold

56,487 baseball caps and panama hats

25,472 Championships’ towels

19,144 crossed rackets logo t-shirts

16,178 sweatbands

 

Wimbledon Foundation

Ticket Resale for charity

£236,429 – money raised from the Ticket Resale scheme, whereby Show Court tickets no longer required are re-sold to spectators already in the Grounds

£406,429 – total funds donated to the Wimbledon Foundation after Official Supplier HSBC donated £170,000. Proceeds distributed to charities through the Wimbledon Foundation’s grant programmes

 

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

The Museum team welcomed nearly 4,000 visitors during the Fortnight, a nine percent increase on 2017. Donations to the Museum’s collection from the 2018 Championships include:

Angelique Kerber’s signed dress as worn in the Ladies’ Singles Final

Kevin Anderson’s signed t-shirt, racket and shoes worn during the Gentlemen’s Singles Final

John Isner’s shoes worn during the longest Gentlemen’s semi-final in the history of The Championships at six hours, 36 minutes

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ racket – the first man from Greece to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event in the Open era

Mike Bryan’s signed racket used during the Gentlemen’s Doubles Final

Roger Federer’s signed Uniqlo t-shirt as worn in the Gentlemen’s quarter-finals

Editors note • The WIMBLEDON museum is open almost every day of the year. It’s fabulous. The finest tennis museum in the world. If you are in LONDON, add it to your must visit list. Great gift-shop too.

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