The year without Wimbledon among traditions, certainties and fears

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The year without Wimbledon among traditions, certainties and fears

For the third time in history Wimbledon was canceled, but thanks to an insurance made in 2003, the year of SARS, the tournament will have no economic repercussions. However, in order not to risk the financial disaster, the 2021 edition, already long awaited, must be played.

At the All England Club, we lived unforgettable tennis moments and great records. In the beginning, it was the two World Wars that marred the tournament, this year the global pandemic forced the Church Road board to cancel the event.

Traditions are an integral part of Wimbledon and for this reason, they must be celebrated especially in the season in which the All Engand Club will be empty, precisely in these days when the Championships would have been played.

A cup of strawberries & cream, and what else? Legend says that in the early days of the tournament, to replace the broken and expensive plow to mow the grass, the organizers decided to offer the crowd cups of strawberries and cream for a fee.

Another legend says that, during the inaugural edition, one of the Telegraph correspondents noted in his notebook these words: "shortly before the start of the final, the refreshments pavilion had completely emptied ...

for strawberries and cream!" Strawberries & cream are probably the most famous tradition of the Championships. Of course, with a glass of Pimm's! If you are an early riser, you have free time and you want to enter through the Championships gate without a ticket, then you better queue-up!

The queue has become a legend at Wimbledon, with fans which organizing nightstands, to enter the following morning.

Wimbledon, more than a century of traditions unchanged

Traditionally players don't take the court in the Middle Sunday unless it always rains in the previous days.

All the matches of the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles of the fourth round are then played in the Manic Monday, at the beginning of the second week. Players are always appealed with Miss or Mrs during the matches. Men instead are called only with the surname, but sometimes they can be called with the title, "Mr"

The colors of Wimbledon are green, purple and white. You can see them in the logo of the tournament, in the flowers that cover the All England Club and in the gadgets which are sold in the museum shop. During the tournament, a falcon named Rufus flies over the lawns at nine o'clock in the morning for over an hour before the gates are opened, to ward off the pigeons, which could distract the players.

Since the origins of the tournament's players must wear white outfits, however small hints of other colors are possible today. There are no concerns for even the greatest champions. Do you remember Federer when did he have to change his shoes because they had a colored sole? This year we should be content to relive the best moments, the best matches, the statistics, the curiosities and much other news about the Championships: but our mind goes already to 2021, with the hope of returning to live the emotions that only Wimbledon can to guarantee.