The Championships or the Wimbledon as it is widely recognized and known is the oldest and the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. The tournament was first held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, south London in 1877.
Since then, the grass court Slam has been a regular feature on the tennis calendar. It is also the only grass court Major tournament played in today’s tennis. Since the original surface of the sport is grass, it is also considered as the Holy Grail by many tennis players and experts across the world. Other Grand Slams- Australian Open, French Open, and the US open followed suit after Wimbledon.
The Gentlemen’s Singles champion receives a silver gilt cup, which is 18.5 inches in height and 7.5 inches in diameter. The trophy has been awarded since 1887 and bears the inscription “All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World”.
However, back in 1877, the All England Club presented the first ever men’s champion with the Field Club. Later the Challenge Cup replaced the Field Club until 1886. While the Champions gets to take away the prize money, the original trophy is kept in the Wimbledon museum.
Ladies’ Champion gets a ‘Venus Rosewater Dish’
The Ladies’ Singles champion is presented with a sterling silver salver commonly known as the “Venus Rosewater Dish”, or simply “Rosewater Dish”. The actual trophy remains with the All England Club and the winner receives a miniature replica of the trophy.
Meanwhile, the ladies’ doubles cup is called the Dutchess of Kent Challenge Cup and the Gentlemen’s Doubles Trophy is a silver challenge cup. The mixed doubles’ champions at Wimbledon receive a silver challenger cup and a cover.
Unfortunately, the 2020 edition of the Championships were cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. However, the tournament is back on its feet and will once again get underway on June 28 at SW 19. The world’s top players will all be seen competing for the coveted trophy in tennis.