The United Kingdom gave birth to numerous major international sports including: football, rugby, cricket, darts, tennis, squash, boxing, water polo, billiards, and so on.
Sport plays a very important part in lives of British. It is the main form of entertainment which is widely broadcasted on TV and newspapers. The importance of sport is recognized and encouraged by the Government. Local authority has the responsibility to provide and maintain playing fields and other facilities for all.
Sport events are well-received by British, millions of people watched on TV, especially annual sporting events with strong traditions like Wimbledon. As tennis was played in the UK hundreds of years ago, Wimbledon Championship is the most prestigious tennis event in the UK and one of the four grand slams of the world among the French Open (Roland-Garros), the US Open Tennis Championships, and the Australian Open. Every tennis player dreams of playing at Wimbledon, as football player dreams of World Cup.
Some of the finest tennis players in the history are from Great Britain including Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Andy Murray, Anne Keothavong, and Elena Baltacha.
The Championship has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is the only major still played on grass.
The tournament traditionally took place over 14 days from late June to early July, two weeks after the Queen’s Club Championships in Halle, Germany. The five main events span both weeks starting on the last Monday in June and ending with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals on the Saturday and Sunday of the second week.
Traditionally, there is no play on the “Middle Sunday” as it is considered a rest day. However, rain has forced player to compete on the Middle Sunday four times, in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016. The second Monday at Wimbledon is often called “Manic Monday”, due to the fact that the last-16 matches for both men’s and women’s singles are held.
Since 2015, the championships have begun one week later from early July, extending the gap between the tournament and the French Open from two to three weeks.
The 2019 Wimbledon Championships began on Monday 1 July 2019 and finished on Sunday 14 July 2019. The Gentlemen’s singles champion is Novak Djokovic and the Ladies’ Singles champion is Simona Halep. Both of them born in the Balkans. While Novak Djokovic retained his title as the defending Gentlemen’s singles champion, the defending Ladies’ singles champion Angelique Kerber lost to Lauren Davis.