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Wimbledon by numbers
Published 1 July 2013 by Helen Gradwell
Do you know how many strawberries are sold at Wimbledon? How many tennis balls they use? How much cream? Why you might see a hawk circling Centre Court? It's all here in thinkmoney 's 'Wimbledon by numbers'.
It's Wimbledon time again! For two weeks, the nation will be transfixed by the world's tennis greats battling it out on our soil. If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, grab a bowl of strawberries and cream and sit down with thinkmoney's 'Wimbledon by numbers'.
484,805 people attended Wimbledon in 2012
54,250 balls used
15,000 seats at Centre Court
Over the course of Wimbledon, the crowd will consume…
7,000 litres of cream
200,000 glasses of Pimms
25,000 bottles of champagne (fancy!)
Picked the day before they are served
£1.60 - the cost of a portion of strawberries and cream in 1990
£2.50 - the cost in 2013
Ball boys (and girls!)
15: average age
250 chosen from over 700 applicants
1985: the first year we saw ball girls on Centre Court
The Centre Court roof
5,200 square metres
Takes between 8 and 10 minutes to close 290 million tennis balls could fit in Centre Court with the roof closed
Men: 148mph - Taylor Dent in 2010
Women: 129mph - Venus Williams in 2008
Rufus the hawk
Released for one hour every morning of the Championships to deter pigeons
11 hours and 5 minutes played over 3 days
John Isner (USA) vs. Nicolas Mahut (France)
123 balls used
Cut to an optimum length of 8mm
1 ton of grass seed used each year
3,000 gallons of water used on the grass
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