Today’s Doodle on the Google home page tributes the 140th year of the Wimbledon championships. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world taking place at the All England Club in South West London since 1877. This year the Wimbledon takes place from July 3 – July 16 2017.

It all began with an announcement in the leisure magazine The Field on 9 June 1877 that “The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose to hold a lawn tennis meeting, open to all amateurs, on Monday July 9th and following days”.

The main purpose behind the foundation of All England club was croquet in 1869. It was founded on four acres of rented meadow-land at Worple Road, Wimbledon but tennis did not take more time in becoming favorite pastime.

Wimbledon has been attracting crowds since the dawn of professional tennis. It tracks back to when players were using handmade wooden rackets. The tournament is well renowned for its grass courts which are perfectly maintained to a neat 8mm – a sturdy height for fast-moving feet.

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The 2017 Wimbledon championship will embark at the All England Club today with Roger Federer the favourite for an eighth title while the women’s title will be up for grabs due the absence of defending champion Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

With Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova not participating, there’s a lack of glamour but that provides the sport’s lesser known names to steal the limelight in the third Grand Slam of the year.

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