The 15-year-old US player dispatched seasoned tennis ace Venus Williams in two straight sets! Meanwhile, it was a disappointing start to the Grand Slam tournament for some top German names…The Wimbledon Foundation, established in 2013, is the charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships. The Foundation builds on the success of an extensive programme of community and charitable activities over a number of years. The inaugural Championships are held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Worple Road, Wimbledon, with an entry of 22 men attracted by an announcement in The Field. A crowd of 200 watch Spencer Gore become the first Champion.
With the Gentlemen’s Singles swiftly proving a success The Championships expand in 1884 to include competitions for Men’s Doubles and Ladies Singles. Maud Watson beats her sister Lilian to become the first female Champion. Two dominant players emerge, Lottie Dod in the ladies’ singles and William Renshaw in the gentlemen’s. By now crowds are up to 3,000.
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