Mad about … tennis: Wimbledon in figures

Wimbledon Championships tennisNot only have we got an Ashes summer in 2015 (good luck getting hold of your broker when the Lord’s Test is on), but it’s also the time of Wimbledon. 

Forget the tennis, Wimbledon is a social occasion like no other and one usually runs into the odd acquaintance or two in the refreshment tent (it does get very hot, after all).

So as we are in the numbers trade, we thought it’s worth looking at what all those strawberries and cream add up to.

Here’s the facts about Wimbledon that should appeal to every banker or data analyst.

During the Wimbledon fortnight,  28,000 bottles of champagne are consumed, along with a dizzying 230,000 glasses of Pimms and 100,000 pints of beer.

Spectators guzzle their way through 142,000 strawberries and more than 7,000 litres of cream, while the players scoff 15,000 bananas.

Even Wimbledon is not immune to austerity. A punnet of strawberries with cream cost £1.70 in 1993. This rose to £2.50 in 2010, at which it's remained ever since.

In the spirit of gender equality that is sadly lacking elsewhere in sport, both the Gentlemen and Ladies Singles champions receive £1.88 million prize money for their efforts.

There are a total of 19 Championship courts, with the grass carefully kept at exactly 8mm for the duration of the tournament. To make the venue look nice, over 50,000 plants are supplied each year.

Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia holds the record for the most aces at 212, in 2001.

The fastest serve ever recorded was Jiri Vesely’s 143 mph bullet. In the ladies competition Madison Keys has the record at 123 mph.

A total of 54,250 new balls are used. Before hitting the courts they are stored at precisely 68 degrees fahrenheit.

The longest ever match was in 2010 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. The epic three-day encounter lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, with the final set ending 70-68, in favour of Isner.

The Queen last attended in 2010.