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When the pros aren’t holding Centre Court, you can. Go behind the scenes at the Wimbledon Tennis Museum and Tour. Like football, cricket and rugby, tennis was famous here first. See what’s changed since 1877 – and what’s the same, including the grass courts.

It's Just So Polite.

In Wimbledon you don’t have men’s and women’s singles and doubles. You have ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles and doubles. Players don’t arrive on horseback to the sound of trumpeting, but they’re still given the option of bowing to the Royal Box when they appear on Centre Court.

There Are Shocking Quantities of Strawberries and Cream.

In a typical tournament fortnight, over 60,000 lbs. of strawberries and 7,000 liters of cream are consumed. Laid end to end, the strawberries alone would stretch almost 40 miles.

Royals Don’t Just Watch.

While the queen paid a visit in 2010, the Duke of Kent presumably doesn’t need a ticket – he’s president of the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

It’s a Tiiiny Bit Eccentric.

You can experience Wimbledon, quirks and all, throughout most of the year, with the Wimbledon Tennis Museum & Tour.

From there, it’s about a 30–minute cab ride to the Royal Courts, where you can see a version of the game played by King Henry VIII way back in the 16th century at Hampton Court Palace.

Ready to Experience It yourself?

You can buy tickets for the tour here. To see an official match, plan ahead by visiting Wimbledon’s website

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