About the Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon
2009 Gentlemen's Champion: Roger Federer | 2009 Ladies' Champion: Serena Williams
The Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon have developed from the garden party atmosphere of the first meeting
in 1877, witnessed by a few hundred spectators, to a highly professional tournament attracting an attendance of over
500,000 people and through the press, radio, Internet and television a following of millions throughout the world.
The Tournament starts each year six weeks before the first Monday in August and lasts for a fortnight or for as
long as necessary to complete all events. Players from over 60 nations regularly compete.
Over 6,000 people attend The Championships in a working capacity. These include a temporary staff of several hundred
who are directly employed by The All England Lawn Tennis Club and others who are provided by firms, contractors,
voluntary bodies and public services as well as representatives of the media. In short, during the Fortnight at the end
of June and the beginning of July, the Club is a hive of activity, squarely in the eye of the sporting world.
Play is scheduled to start on Centre and No. 1Courts at 1.00 p.m. for the first eleven days and at 2.00 p.m. on finals days.
On all other courts the start of play will be scheduled for 12.00 noon for at least the first eight days and 11.00 a.m. for
Junior matches on the middle Saturday and during the second week.