Ultimate Guide to Wimbledon 2016

Ultimate Guide to Wimbledon 2016

- June 21, 2016

More commonly referred to as Wimbledon, The Championships, Wimbledon is notable for being one of the longest-running tennis tournaments across the globe. Hosted by the All England Club, this tournament is considered as the most prestigious and most famous Grand Slam tennis event. It has always been held in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and it is among the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It is the only major tournament that is still played on grass.

Quick Wimbledon Trivia 

  • During the tournament, about 300,000 cups of tea are drunk by spectators.
  • The longest line waiting to enter the Wimbledon was recorded in 1991. It spanned for one-and-a-half miles.
  • Attendance for last year's Wimbledon tournament was 484,391.

Wimbledon 2016 Dates

Wimbledon usually takes place in between June and July, with the culmination of the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday of the latter month. Each year, there are five major, junior and invitational events. Players and spectators are required to adhere to strict Wimbledon traditions, including all-white sportswear for the competitors as well as the prohibition of eating strawberries and cream for the spectators.

2016 Wimbledon Schedule

Take a look at the provisional Wimbledon 2016 schedule for this year.

FIRST WEEK

First Monday

From 11.30am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Court

  • Gentlemen's Singles first round
  • Ladies' Singles first round

First Tuesday

From 11.30am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Court

  • Gentlemen's Singles first round
  • Ladies' Singles first round

First Wednesday

From 11.30am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Court

  • Gentlemen's Singles second round
  • Ladies' Singles second round
  • Gentlemen's Doubles first round
  • Ladies' Doubles first round

First Thursday

From 11.30am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Court

  • Gentlemen's Singles second round
  • Ladies' Singles second round
  • Gentlemen's Doubles first round
  • Ladies' Doubles first round

First Friday

From 11.30am on outside courts, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Court

  • Gentlemen's Singles third round
  • Ladies' Singles third round
  • Gentlemen's Doubles second round
  • Ladies' Doubles second round

Middle Saturday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • Gentlemen's Singles third round
  • Ladies' Singles third round
  • Gentlemen's Doubles second round
  • Ladies' Doubles second round
  • Mixed Doubles first round
  • Boys' and Girls' singles first round

Middle Sunday

No play

SECOND WEEK

Second Monday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • Gentlemen's Singles fourth round
  • Ladies' Singles fourth round
  • Gentlemen's Doubles third round
  • Ladies' Doubles third round
  • Mixed Doubles first round
  • Boys' and Girls' Singles first round

Second Tuesday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • Ladies' Singles quarter-finals
  • Gentlemen's Doubles quarter-finals
  • Ladies' Doubles quarter-finals
  • Mixed Doubles second round
  • Boys' and Girls' Singles second round
  • Boys' and Girls' Doubles first round

Second Wednesday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • Gentlemen's Singles quarter-finals
  • Ladies' Doubles semi-finals
  • Mixed Doubles second round
  • Boys' and Girls' Singles third round
  • Boys' and Girls' Doubles second round
  • Invitation Doubles

Second Thursday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • Ladies' Singles semi-finals
  • Gentlemen's Doubles semi-finals
  • Mixed Doubles third round
  • Wheelchair Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles quarter-finals
  • Boys' and Girls' Singles quarter-finals
  • Boys' and Girls' Doubles third round
  • Invitation Doubles

Second Friday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • Gentlemen's Singles semi-finals
  • Gentlemen's Doubles semi-finals
  • Mixed Doubles quarter-finals
  • Wheelchair Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles semi-finals
  • Wheelchair Gentlemen's and Ladies' Doubles semi-finals
  • Boys' and Girls' Singles semi-finals
  • Boys' and Girls' Doubles quarter-finals
  • Invitation Doubles

Second Saturday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 1pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • 2pm - Ladies' Singles final
  • Gentlemen's Doubles final
  • Ladies' Doubles final
  • Girls' Singles final
  • Wheelchair Ladies' Singles final
  • Wheelchair Gentlemen's Doubles final
  • Mixed Doubles semi-finals
  • Boys' and Girls' Doubles semi-finals
  • Invitation Doubles

Second Sunday

Juniors from 11am on outside courts, all other main draw matches from 11.30am, 2pm on Centre and No.1 Courts.

  • 2pm - Gentlemen's Singles final
  • Mixed Doubles final
  • Wheelchair Gentlemen's Singles final
  • Wheelchair Ladies' Doubles final
  • Boys' Singles final
  • Boys' Doubles final
  • Girls' Doubles final
  • Invitation Doubles finals

Rounds and Matches at 2016 Wimbledon

ROUNDNo. of PlayersNo. of Matches
112864
26432
33216
4168
58 (Quarterfinals)4
64 (Semi-finals)2
72 (Finals)1

2016 Wimbledon Predictions

With the recently concluded French Open, we can now make early predictions for the 2016 Wimbledon tennis tournament. While the conditions of the grass and clay courts of the aforementioned tournaments are highly contrasting, the players’ performance in the former still set some expectations on how they will compete at the SW19 finals.

Prior to the French Open, there were already predictions on who will come out as victors in the 2016 Wimbledon. For instance, at the inaugural tournament of the new grass-court event Mallorca Open, Ana Ivanovic was heavily promoted as one of the top players vying for the title. However, when Spain’s Garbine Muguruza emerged as the winner of the French Open title, she’s suddenly all over the news and the Wimbledon 2016 predictions. After winning against Serena Williams, the Spanish player now ranks second and is now in the running towards becoming number one.

Seeing the performance of the finalists of the French Open gives us an idea of who will likely win 2016 Wimbledon. Like Williams and Muguruza, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are ranked number one and number two, respectively. But let us not leave out the runners-up as they too can potentially snatch the top titles. Take a look at the outright odds for the top players for 2016 Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Men’s Final Favourites 2016

PlayerCountryCurrent Odds
Novak DjokovicSerbia1.73
Andy MurrayScotland4.00
Roger FedererSwitzerland8.00
Stan WawrinkaSwitzerland17.00

Wimbledon Women’s Final Favourites 2016

PlayerCountryCurrent Odds
Serena WilliamsUSA2.50
Garbiñe MuguruzaSpain6.50
Petra KvitováCzech Republic7.00
Victoria AzarenkaBelarus9.00

Wimbledon and Federer Through the Years

By 2015, Federer has won his 1,000th career win. In Wimbledon, he was notable for winning the Gentlemen’s Singles title for five consecutive years from 2003 to 2007. He won twice more in 2009 and 2012. With no thoughts of retiring yet, Federer and Wimbledon may soon become synonymous with each other.

Wimbledon 2016 News

Stay tuned for our upcoming Wimbledon Wagering Guide! We will also feature a number of updates regarding the players and predictions so make sure you visit always visit HitYah's sports news section before and while Wimbledon 2016 is running! You will find a number of tennis betting tips there, including which betting markets to choose and how to study the matches, among so many others!

2016 Wimbledon Betting Online

While bookmakers are available on the Wimbledon grounds, betting online still poses as a convenient alternative even for those lucky enough to attend the event. Punters can even place wagers in the comfort of their own home, during their commute or lunch break. The process for placing wagers online is quite simple. Take a look at the step-by-step guide we have prepared for you.

Wimbledon 2016 Betting Guide

  • Create an account with an online sportsbook – Do it with a reputable site that offers different fair betting lines for Wimbledon. For instance, if you sign up with Winner Sports, you can bet moneyline (outright), totals and handicap markets.
  • Fund your account – The next thing you will do is deposit funds to your account so you can start betting. There are several payment methods for online sportsbooks. For instance, you can go to online bookmaker Winner Sports and deposit using credit cards, Neteller and Skrill.
  • Place wagers – Now that you have funds in your account, you can start betting on your favourite players. Just sit back, relax, cross your fingers and wish yourself luck!

2016 Wimbledon Betting Markets

Do you know all the ways you can wager on Wimbledon? If you are a novice in betting on this tournament, you will be surprised to discover that there are plenty! Betting on Wimbledon is not limited to predicting who will win a particular match. Whenever Wimbledon matches come up, moneyline (match winner), spread (game handicaps), prop, and totals bets (under/over on total number of games) are typically available. You will learn that outright betting for Wimbledon Men’s event as well as the Ladies' event are usually first made available at Winner Sport and other trustworthy and best bookmakers

How the Wimbledon Player Roster is Seeded

The men’s and ladies’ single player pool each consists of 128 players. Players and doubles pairs qualify for the main events depending on how they rank internationally. 104 players are directly entered into the men’s competition while 108 players are entered into the ladies’ competition. Eight wild card entrants are introduced to the tournaments. The Committee of Management is the authority when it comes to picking the players to receive the wildcards. These are players who have been known to perform well in past tournaments or would add hype to the event.

It was during the 1924 Wimbledon Championships when the system of seeding was introduced. It was considered to be the simplified version of seeding, as countries were simply allowed to nominate four players who were placed in different quarters of the draw. During the 1927 Wimbledon Championships, this seeding system was replaced. That was the beginning of selecting players based on international merit.

Since the 2001 tournament, 16 teams have been given seedings in the doubles events and 32 players in the Gentlemen’s and Ladies singles events. In 1985, only 16 seeds were named and Boris Becker ranked 20th but he still ended up winning the Gentlemen’s Singles. Goran Ivanišević is also an example of an unseeded player who won the same event. In 1996, Richard Krajicek won the same title despite ranking 17th while only 16 players were seeded.

On the other hand, in the Ladies Singles competition, no unseeded player has won the title. The lowest seeded female player who won the title was Venus Williams. She ranked 23rd when she won in 2007. In recent years, the top-seeded players in the Singles division are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal for the Gentlemen’s competition. In the Ladies’ competition, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova are the top-seeded players. However, it is likely that Sharapova won’t join Wimbledon this year due to a recent scandal.

Seeding Formula for Wimbledon 2016

The formula used to determine the seeding order is as follows:

ATP Entry System Position points + 100% points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months + 75% points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months prior to that.

2016 Wimbledon Prize Money for Players

In 1968, the first prize money was awarded in Wimbledon. It was also the first year wherein professional players were first allowed to compete in the Championships. During that time, the total prize money was £26,150. The player who won the men’s title received £2,000 while the champion for the Ladies’ Singles event received £750.

Before, among grand slam tournaments Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and US Open, the first two awarded bigger prize money in the men’s events than in the women’s events. In 2007, Wimbledon modified this policy and decided to award the same amounts per event category to both women and men. Controversies have surrounded this decision since in general, female players spend less time playing on the court. Their wins depend upon best-of-three sets while men’s wins depend on best-of-five sets.

Every year, the total prize money for the Wimbledon events increases by around 6 to 40 percent. The highest increase was around 60 percent. In 2015, the prize money for the winners of the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ events was £1.88 million. The winning pairs for the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles each received £340,000. On the other hand, the winning pairs for the Mixed Doubles event each received £100,000. During that year, the total prize money was £26,750,000 – a seven percent increase from the £25 million total prize money in 2014.

Tennis Courts at 2016 Wimbledon

Fans of Wimbledon are familiar with the tournament’s iconic Centre Court and its retractable roof. However, the majority of them knows little about the other courts at Wimbledon. Take a look at the various courts that make the tournament so special.

Centre Court – the Star Court of Wimbledon 2016

When you switch on the telly to watch the tournament, you will most likely see the All England Club’s world-famous Centre Court. Notable for its premier box which is used by the Royal Family, the Centre Court is Wimbledon’s main court. In 2009, a retractable roof was added to the Centre Court, preventing rain from halting matches.

Featuring a seating capacity which can hold 15,000 people, the Centre Court is also Wimbledon’s largest tennis court. With a 90-year track record of housing remarkable matches and world-class players, it is also undeniably the most prestigious court in the tournament

The No.1, No. 2 and No. 3 Wimbledon 2016 Courts

While the Centre Court holds the biggest events in Wimbledon, the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 courts house many of the tournament’s matches. Each of these courts accommodates thousands of spectators during Wimbledon’s early rounds. Located to the north of the Centre Court, the No. 1 court accommodates up to 11,430 people. It is also considered as a player favourite. The current court replaced the original No. 1 court which accommodated 7,328 people. The current No. 2 court replaced the No. 13 court. Prior to being constructed on a new site in 2009, the No. 2 court was widely regarded as the “Graveyard of Champions”. A number of legendary winners, including Serena Williams and Andre Agassi – encountered defeat there.

The No. 3 court is the smallest among the main courts of Wimbledon. It has a seating capacity of 2,000 and it hosts several games during the early stages of the tournament. It is currently located on the site of the infamous court known as the “Graveyard of Champions”.

Other Championships Courts in 2016 Wimbledon

Hundreds of players qualify for the Championships. Needless to say, it is necessary to have more than just four main courts for the tournament. The All England Club is currently home to 19 grass courts which are used for both the qualifying and championship matches in Wimbledon. Aside from these, the All England Club also houses 22 grass practice courts – all of which are situated within Aorangi Park. The Club also has two acrylic courts, five indoor courts and eight American clay courts. The biggest international tennis players are typically found on the main courts. However, fans can still discover plenty of action outside those courts.

Grass Courts in Wimbledon

While Wimbledon only takes place in the span of two weeks, the preparation for the event is an all-year process. The dedicated ground staff of Wimbledon work throughout the year to ensure that all of the courts of The Club are in excellent condition for the tournament. Around 16 hard-working ground staff take care of the courts and other facilities year-round, making sure that the All England Club is at its best. While the matches are taking place during the Championships, the ground staff is increased from 16 to 28. Taking their job seriously, they tend the courts throughout the duration of the tournament. The Club’s head groundsman Neil Stubley says that Wimbledon is an “anxious time” given the fact that the whole world is looking at the tournament’s iconic grass courts.

Ever wondered what the courts in Wimbledon are made of? The only grass courts among the Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon courts are maintained carefully throughout the year. The grass on all the courts is trimmed to a strict playing height of eight millimetres during the tournament. On the other hand, when they are not in use, the court’s grass is slightly extended to 13mm. All Wimbledon fans know that the tournament’s iconic courts are covered in grass. However, this grass is backed with a clay base. According to head groundsman Neil Stubley, the great bounce of the ball on the grass courts is caused by the firm compacted court surface as well as the dry clay base.

2016 Wimbledon Official Sponsors

Wimbledon is such a desirable sponsorship proposition for companies around the world due to the tournament’s appeal, prestige and heritage. Since the tournament has strict rules regarding advertising, its sponsorship roster is not cluttered. The sponsors then compete to be part of the exclusive environment that the tournament features. The brands with the longest Wimbledon partnerships are sports manufacturing company Slazenger (since 1902) and fruit drink company Robinsons (since 1935).

1) Slazenger – Official Supplier of Tennis Balls (1902)

Since 1902, Slazenger has been the official supplier of tennis balls to The Championships. On the 2016 Wimbledon, Slazenger’s team will supply 52,000 balls for the tournament. The sporting goods company’s experts work with top sport scientists at Loughborough University to ensure that The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s high standards are met.

2) Robinsons – Official Soft Drink (1935)

Old-time Wimbledon fans would remember how the Robinson Squash was born at The Championships in 1935. The brand is also notable for inventing the Lemon Barley Water to quench all players’ thirst. All products provided by Robinsons are made with the highest quality ingredients and real fruit juice.

3) IBM – Official Information Technology Partner (1990)

Since 1990, IBM has been providing information technology support to the All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships, ensuring that the organisation’s mission to become the world’s premiere tennis tournament is carried out. IBM is instrumental in bringing information regarding the speed of serve, real-time match statistics and other details to the world.

4) Lanson – Official Champagne (2001)

Since 1977, family operated wine business Lanson has been closely connected to Wimbledon. In 2001, it was selected as the Official Supplier of Champagne to The Championships. Champagne Lanson is available among the hospitality marquees and bars in the grounds. Needless to say, the brand has become a part of the “Wimbledon experience”. Lanson’s wines is sold in over 120 countries across five continents.

5) Ralph Lauren – Official Outfitter (2006)

Polo Ralph Lauren made fashion and Wimbledon history when it became the first designer brand to partner with The All England Lawn Tennis Club. It is the official outfit provider of all on-court officials of the 2016 Wimbledon.

6) HSBC – Official Bank (2007)

HSBC is responsible for providing banking services onsite for the players, public and retailers at the 2016 Wimbledon. The banking company is also the sponsor The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge. It is the largest national junior grass court tournament in the UK. Through the partnership with HSBC, around 20,000 boys and girls were able to pursue their Wimbledon dream.

7) Evian – Official Water (2008)

Evian became the choice as the official drinking water supplier of The Championships due to its purity and style. Players and spectators can stay refreshed and continue having an unforgettable experience at this premier sporting event.

8) Lavazza – Official Coffee (2011)

Using advanced technology resources and the finest raw materials, Lavazza has become a leader in the coffee industry. It is the official supplier of Italian espresso throughout the 2016 Wimbledon.

9) Stella Artois – Official Beer (2014)

A premium brand in the UK, Stella Artois provides beer that has a pleasantly crisp, slightly bitter and distinct taste. It is the official beer supplier of this year’s Championships.

10) Jaguar Land Rover – Official Car (2015)

In the 2016 Wimbledon, Jaguar and Land Rover will supply 170 high performance and luxury vehicles to support the operations of the tournament. Expect to see the new Jaguar XE and XF, and the highly successful XJ and XF Sportbrake models in London at this year’s premier tennis sporting event.

11) Häagen-Dazs - Official Ice Cream (2016)

Moments of sporting greatness at The Championships are better enjoyed with Häagen-Dazs. The official ice cream of Wimbledon, this brand is known for using a base made of 100% real milk and cream as well as free-range egg yolks.

Wimbledon History

In 1868, private tennis club All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was established with its ground situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon. In 1875, lawn tennis was introduced as one of the recreational activities in the aforementioned club. In 1877, the club was renamed to The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. In the same year, a Gentlemen’s Singles event was held and the title was won by Spencer Gore.

Introduction of Women to Wimbledon

In 1884, Women’s Singles tennis events were introduced to Wimbledon. At first, 13 players were allowed to participate in the tournament. The first recorded win for a woman in Wimbledon was snatched by Maud Watson. It was also during that time that the Gentlemen’s Doubles event was launched.

The Increasing Popularity of Wimbledon

As time passed by, the popularity of the tournament immensely grew. During the 1920s, the tennis players from France set a record by being the first non-English athletes to win a Wimbledon Single’s Championship. Eventually, players from other countries like the US won titles. During that time, the prominent players include Jean Borota, Rene Lacoste, Jacques Brugnon, Helen Wills and Kitty McKane.

Wimbledon Through World War II

Despite having limited staff during World War II, the Club still remained operational and it continued to carry out its activities. However, the premises were mainly used to conduct different military and civil defence functions, including ambulance and fire services. The troops used the main concourse and camped within the Club’s vicinity. As many as 1200 were not used for tennis events because the Centre Court was transformed into a storehouse for five 500-pound bombs. During wartime, Wimbledon indeed faced a downfall.

After the war, things were brought back to normal. From 1945 to 1949, the ground was rehabilitated until its previous form was restored. In the ‘50s, tennis players from the US dominated the tournament. Some of the remarkable players during that time were Ted Schroeder, Jack Kramer, Louis Brough, Tony Trabert and Maureen Connolly. In 1956, Australian players dominated the tournament. From 1956 to 1970, Australians won the Gentlemen’s Singles titles. These players include Lew Hoad, Neale Fraser, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and John Newcombe.

Present Day Wimbledon

After more than a century, Wimbledon emerged as one of the most prestigious and premier tennis tournaments. The All England Lawn Tennis Club continues to host the tournament. Moreover, the quality of the event has been enhanced with more seating capacity for the spectators added.

Notable Wimbledon Dates

  • 1977 – Wimbledon Championships celebrated its centennial anniversary
  • 1979 – The Centre Court’s roof was increased, providing room for another 1088 seats
  • 1984 – The centennial anniversary of the Ladies’ Singles Championship was held
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