In the spring of 1877, one of the most exciting Grand Slam tennis tournaments was born. The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club introduced The Wimbledon Championships, and ever since, it has remained one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.
As the appetite for the game increased in the 1920's and 30's, the facilities improved and grew from temporary accommodations to permanent facilities. Reputable players such as the Renshaw brothers, and the legendary Doherty brothers, caught Britain's attention. Wimbledon soon became an international phenomenon.
However, despite this worldwide popularity, a few obstacles stood in Wimbledon's way of pressing on. During the Second World War, the premises became a station of military security. In October of 1940, several 500-pound bombs detonated on Wimbledon's turf, causing the deterioration of about 1200 stadium seats.
Regardless of this major setback, Wimbledon was up and running in just under six years when Charles Hare, and Englishman serving in the US Army, became another champion of the Grand Slam. During the mid-1900s, the Americans and Australians dominated on British soil; players, such as Lew Hoad, Althea Gibson, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, and Rod Laver began their journey in becoming tennis' household names. Soon enough, records were broken on Wimbledon's green courts: Sweden's Bjorn Borg became the first player to win the Gentleman's Singles Championship five times in a row (recently replicated by the amazing Roger Federer); Boris Becker, the youngest, unseeded player at the time, became the first German to win the Gentlemen's singles in 1985; Martina Navratilova became the first female champion in the Ladies' Singles six times in a row.
These record breakers portrayed Wimbledon as one of the most sought-after and fiercely competitive tournaments to conquer. With a rich history, stretching all the way back into the 1800s, Wimbledon continues to uphold its legacy as Britain's most unique sporting event in the world.