2006 Wimbledon Tennis Championship
From forehands to fashion, Kidzworld checks out the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament - the world's biggest tennis event played on grass.
Wimbledon Tennis - History
The Lawn Tennis Championships
have been played since 1877. The event is now the largest tennis tournament
in the world played on grass and is attended by more than 500,000 people each year. Players from over 60 countries play in the two week event which starts at the end of June
Wimbledon Tennis - 2006 Top Seeds
The top two seeds in the men's singles at Wimbledon are three-time defending champion, Roger Federer
, French Open
winner, Rafael Nadal
, and American, Andy Roddick
. The top womens' seeds include Amelie Mauresmo, three-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams
and 2004 Wimbledon Champion
, Maria Sharapova
Wimbledon Tennis - Fashion
In the 127 year history of Wimbledon
, the clothes worn by players to serve and volley have certainly changed. The first women to play in the tournament wore full length dresses, while men wore full length pants to play at Wimbledon
until 1946. Now, players like Serena Williams
, Maria Kirilenko
and Maria Sharapova
are making fashion statements
everytime they step on to the court with tight-fitting body suits
or exotic two-piece outfits
. However, the fashion police
at Wimbledon have cracked down in 2006 saying any player wearing low-cut tops
, which show too much cleavage
and aren't all white, will be sent home.
Wimbledon Tennis - Strange Facts
The shortest person to play tennis at Wimbledon was Miss C.G. Hoahing who was just 4'9". She was once mistaken for a garden gnome and used to decorate the colorful flower gardens around Wimbledon's tennis courts.
There are more than 200 ball boys and ball girls used to fetch tennis balls during Wimbledon. To become a ball boy or ball girl, you are required to train eight hours a week for four months before the start of the tournament.
Wimbledon is the only major tennis tournament still played on grass. The lawn there is cut every day - just be glad your Dad doesn't care so much about your backyard.
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