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The Wimbledon Grounds

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The grounds at Wimbledon are made up of 19 rye grass tennis courts. Seventeen of these courts are generally quite small, with only limited grandstand viewing and are principally used for low profile matches during the Wimbledon Championships. However, there are three larger courts inside the Wimbledon complex.

The smallest of the more high profile courts is Wimbledon’s Court Number Two. Although it is still dwarfed by two much larger courts inside the Wimbledon complex, playing at Court Number Two is often the highlight for many of Wimbledon’s lower ranked players as it holds 4,000 people.

Without a shadow of a doubt though, the two main courts within the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club are Centre Court and Court Number One. Holding 15,000 and 12,000 fans respectively, these two courts see the bulk of the high profile action during the Wimbledon Championships, with local favourites and the world’s best stepping out there to play. Centre Court, which hosts the finals of the singles competitions, is also the only court to have a retractable roof and artificial lighting.

Just outside of Wimbledon Centre Court is another of Wimbledon’s famous landmarks – Henman Hill. Named after former British tennis star Tim Henman, who seemingly delighted in torturing the British public with a series of near misses at Wimbledon throughout his career, this large slope sees thousands of fans sitting on the grass and watching the proceedings in Centre Court via a large television screen on the exterior of the building.

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