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  • Lawn Tennis: The game of tennis as it is played today comes from Great Britain, where it originated as lawn tennis in the mid-1800’s.
  • Wimbledon: In 1884 the Ladies’ Singles at Wimbledon was inaugurated, and from a field of 13 players Maud Watson became the champion.
  • Tennis Balls: A new tennis ball should weigh two ounces.
  • Bouncing Balls: When dropped from a height of 100 inches onto concrete, a new tennis ball should bounce about 55 inches.
  • Grand Slam Titles: Margaret Smith Court holds the record with 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
  • Record Holder: Martina Navratilova holds the record for most career singles and doubles titles with over 325.
  • 1884/1885: Ladies’ singles tennis competition was added to Wimbledon in 1884. Maud Watson won in both 1884 and 1885.
  • Lottie Dod: Lottie Dod won the women’s Wimbledon Championship five times between 1887 and 1893.
  • 1897: The first Women’s French Tennis Championship is held.
  • Ball Boys & Girls: There are more than 200 ball boys and girls used to fetch tennis balls during Wimbledon.
  • Lawn Mower: Wimbledon is the only major tennis tournament still played on grass. The lawn there is cut every day.
  • Tennis Dresses: The first women to play in the Wimbledon tournament wore full length dresses.
  • Australian Open: Martina Hingis was the youngest Australian Open Women’s Single Champion (16 years, three months) in 1997.
  • Wimbledon Wood: A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987.
  • Equal Pay: In 2007, the men’s and women’s singles winners at Wimbledon each received £700,000. It was the first year that women got as much prize money as men.
  • Wimbledon Winner: May Sutton of the United States became the first non-European champion in 1905 when she captured the women’s singles title.
  • Love Match: Steffi Graff and Andre Agassi were the first married couple to have won both the men’s and women’s singles Wimbledon Championships.

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