Wimbledon. The oldest Grand Slam in the history of the game is also the most coveted. Last year, more than 493,000 attended Wimbledon and nearly 70 million digital visits were recorded. While these numbers can vary across years, it will be interesting to see what kind of viewership the tournament attracts this time with the return of the Big Four in the Men's contest and the absence of Serena Williams from the Ladies' championship. Here’s a few other important numbers about this world-famous event.

140 years

The first edition of the tournament was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon London in 1877, which is 140 years ago. This featured 22 male players. According to newspaper reports, the winner took home £12 and 12 shillings along with a silver cup worth £26 and 5 shillings. Women became a part of the tournament in 1884.

Big Prize

The oldest Grand Slam is not necessarily the most lucrative one. This year, the Wimbledon tournament increased its total prize pool to £31.6 million (close to $41 million), a 12.5 percent increase over last year. However, the U.S. Open has the largest prize pool at an impressive $46.3 million for 2016, and is expected to exceed $50 million for this year when held at the end of the summer.

10 years

In its long history, Wimbledon suffered from a gender pay gap that was finally bridged in 2007. For example, in 1968 the prize money for the Gentlemen’s singles champion was £2,000 while the Ladies’ singles champion made only £750.

This year, champions for both singles categories will take home £2.2 million or roughly $2.8 million.

On the tenth anniversary of pay equality for the tournament, here’s a look at what champions earned through the years.

Fine Dining

Tournament authorities have frozen the prices of the statutory Wimbledon snack, strawberries and cream, since 2010. A portion of ten strawberries and a helping of cream costs £2.50 courtside. On average, 28,000 kgs of strawberries or 140,000 servings of strawberries are supplied to the tournament.

Here are some of the other popular food items at the tournament.


Visitors to Wimbledon also buy a lot of merchandise. Last year, there were 158,000 retail transactions for Wimbledon merchandise with over 18,000 Gentlemen’s Championship Towels sold. These are the most bought merchandise pieces from last year.

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