From 2022, at Wimbledon, matches will be played also on the Middle Sunday: a centuries-old tradition that intersects with the dawn of the tournament will end with this season's edition. A piece of history that disappears to make room for pragmatism.
Only on three occasions was it played on Middle Sunday: in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016, to recover matches interrupted by the rain. The official motivation, as announced by Chairman Ian Hewitt during the traditional spring press conference, is that of the evolution of technology for grass care, which allows the maintenance of the lawns even without a day off.
The Wimbledon Tournament, also known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest event in the sport of tennis. Third Grand Slam tournament in chronological order annually, preceded by the Australian Open and the French Open and followed by the US Open, it is the only Grand Slam to be played on grass.
Held annually between June and July in the London suburb of Wimbledon over a two-week period, traditionally starting six weeks before the first Monday in August. In 2020 the tournament was not played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All the other traditions of the All England Club
Green and purple are the traditional colors of the Wimbledon tournament. Female players are always appealed with Miss or Mrs during the game (for example when the chair judge declares the score).
Men professionals, on the other hand, are indicated only with their surname, while amateurs are called with the title Mr. During the tournament, a falcon named Finnegan flies over the fields at nine in the morning for over an hour before the gates open to ward off pigeons, which could distract the players.
Every morning people queue-up to buy tickets for the tournament courts. A queue that has gone down in history. The tournament starts every year six weeks before the first Monday in August and lasts for two weeks. Traditionally it is not played on Middle Sunday, but by now we know that from 2022 it will be played.
All the matches of the 4th round singles and doubles (men's and women's) and mixed doubles are then played on Manic Monday, or the Monday of the second week. During the first week the first rounds of the draws are played, while in the second it is up to the second round, quarterfinals, semifinals and final.
The players must wear white uniforms and shoes in honor of the tradition of the first English players, who used that color as a sign of elegance, little showiness and because it was the one that best masked sweating during the game. Hints or details of other colors are however accepted, as long as they are minimal.