The All England Lawn Tennis Club, is the club responsible for staging the globe's leading tennis tournament held in Wimbledon, Merton every summer.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club is a private club founded in 1868 as The All England Croquet Club. Its original ground was situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon, Merton.
The first meeting of The Lawn Tennis Championships in 1877 in Wimbledon, Merton, enjoyed a garden party atmosphere, and attracted a few hundred spectators. Situated in Church Road, Wimbledon, Merton since 1922, Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tennis event in the world still held on grass. As a highly professional tournament, Wimbledon attracts an attendance of around 450,000 people and through press, television and radio, an audience of hundreds of millions throughout the world.
The Wimbledon Tennis Club grounds consist of 19 grass courts (including the Centre Court and No. 1 Court), 5 red shale courts, 3 Continental clay tennis courts and one American clay tennis court and five indoor tennis courts. As part of the Club's long term plan of moving courts south of the Centre Court, No. 12 tennis Court has been demolished.
No. 11 Court has been rebuilt and will be used during The Championships 2007. Also, an experimental SoftB hard tennis court has been laid. In Aorangi Park, there are twenty two grass tennis courts for practice before and during The Championships plus two acrylic courts. The total area, including the tennis Club's car parks, covers over 42 acres of land in Wimbledon, Merton.
Love tennis! Love Wimbledon! when the tennis tournament is here is the very best time of the year. Simply love it!
It's so great that one of the world major sporting events is right here on our doorstep. I simply love the Wimbledon Fortnight!!!