Everyone knows exactly what a typical British summer looks like…

At the first sign of sunshine the shorts and flip flops come out, the supermarkets run out of burgers, buns and BBQ gear in a flash and the weather consists of a few good days and a thunderstorm!

There is one event that is iconic for our summer that we always look forward to no matter what the weather and that is Wimbledon!

The season’s third Grand Slam kicks off today and is, arguably, the most popular and celebrated tournament of all 4 Grand Slams due to its traditions and venue.

Played on grass at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, it has become one of the most important sporting occasions in the world since its foundation in 1877.
Talking of weather, this year it is set to be the hottest in its 138 year history with temperatures hitting the high 20’s this week, hooray! (well maybe not hooray for the players… #sweating)

Thankfully this means Sue Barker won’t have to talk about people sheltering under umbrellas for hours on end!

Interesting fact, did you know that it takes 10 minutes for the Centre Court roof to close and that when closed 8 litres per second of fresh air per person is pumped into the bowl to manage the environment? Pretty clever stuff.

Will you be tuning in to watch?

Will Andy Murray win back the title from Novak Djokovic this year? Or will Roger Federer, who lost to the Serb in the final last year, prevail in 2015? Rafael Nadal, who was second seed in 2014, has fallen eight places to No10 for the Championships this year.

It was a great day when Murray won back in 2013, ending Britain’s 77 year wait for a champion – fingers crossed he will go all the way this year!

From 29th June – 12th July watch the live blog online or across the BBC (maybe on your new Linsar TV? 😀)

An interesting, and very traditional, fact about Wimbledon is that 142,000 portions of English strawberries are supplied during the Championships – pass the cream!


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