Wimbledon has begun once more. It is a time we associate with sunshine, sweat, and strawberries and cream. As the weather and competition heat up, so does the excitement and anticipation surrounding who will come out on top as champion.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world is taking place from 29 June to 12 July 2015 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club located in Wimbledon, London.
The 2015 Wimbledon Championships is the 129th edition, making it a tournament full of tradition and prestige. The tournament is being played on grass courts and takes place over a series of 19 courts, including the main show courts known as the Centre Court, No. 1 Court, No. 2 Court and No. 3 Court.
There are singles and doubles events for men and women, which is why it takes place over two weeks. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova are the defending champions in men’s and women’s singles, but who will win this year is up in the air.
Playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon is a dream of every professional tennis player. This year the players include well-known returning names such as Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova. Rafael Nadal was astonishingly knocked out by unknown 100+ ranked player Dustin Brown.
Of course, the competition is intense every year but this year seems especially fierce, making each match a must-see, as you never know what can happen.
As playing in the tournament is a great honour, so is attending it. If you were thinking of attending this year, you can expect to pay at least £3000 for a seat on the Centre Court at the men’s singles final matches.
The prize money for the players is even more shocking!
The Wimbledon total prize money for 2015 has increased to a whopping £26.75 million and the winner of the singles event alone will walk away with £1,880,000. That should make all of the training worth it.
Some of the well-known Wimbledon traditions include a strictly white dress code for competitors, Royal patronage (this tournament is in fact the only Grand Slam which is patronised), and the standard affair of strawberries and cream. However, there is more than that to know about Wimbledon.
Being the oldest tennis tournament, played since 1877, it is considered the most prestigious of the four Grand Slams. This is the only tournament that is still played on the original surface-grass that it started with, and unusually there are no sponsored advertisements around its courts.
Tennis does signal summertime, but so do strawberries. In honour of this, we have created something truly delicious.
To celebrate the championships and stick with the Wimbledon tradition, bite into a fresh, home-made cream cupcake with Tiptree Strawberry Jam and a juicy strawberry balanced on top. This is not your average strawberries and cream you see around in the summer, it’s so much more.
Light, fluffy, yet full of flavour, this cupcake will have you jumping out of your seats. Come to Dunn’s Bakery based in Crouch End, North London. We have been craft bakers since 1820, so like Wimbledon, tradition is what we’re all about.