Anyone for tennis? The fun figures behind the game

Today marks the start of Wimbledon but do you know how many glasses of Pimms will be sold over the tournament? Lots is the answer, lots and lots - 320,000 to be precise.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 27th June 2016, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 27th June 2016, 6:33 pm
Just how many strawberries will be eaten during Wimbeldon?
Just how many strawberries will be eaten during Wimbeldon?

For two weeks tennis fever will sweep the UK so as the country watches everything from an ace to a fault and heated grand slams we explore the numbers behind the game.

Fastest Serve (All Time)

Men: 148mph - Taylor Dent – 2010

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Women: 129mph - Venus Williams - 2008

Aces – most (All time)

Men: 212 - Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 2001

Ladies: 80 - Serena Williams (USA) 2015


54,250 will be used during the Championships period.

Yellow balls used for first time in 1986.

At the start of the day 48 tins are taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts, and 24 tins are taken on all the outside courts

There will be 250 ball boys and girls on all outside courts.

When you think of tennis outfits its white clothes that spring to mind, however, the predominately in white rule was only introduced in 1963 and the ‘almost entirely in white rule’ was introduced in 1995. Clothing has to be submitted to Club for comment earlier in year.

There can be 39,000 spectators in the grounds at any one time.

Excluding the Euros, Wimbledon is the largest single annual sporting catering operation (1800 staff) carried out in Europe.

Here’s what people will be eating and drinking over the next two weeks:

330,000 cups of tea and coffee

230,000 bottles of water

234,000 meals served

320,000 glasses of Pimm’s

110,000 sandwiches and baguettes

25,000 scones

110,000 pints of draught beer and lager

16,000 portions of fish and chips

44,000 litres of milk

140,000 portions of English strawberries

10,000 litres of dairy cream

10,000 portions of frozen yoghurt

29,000 bottles of champagne

5,000 kilos of bananas (for players)

86,000 ice cream portions

30,000 stone baked pizzas