On this day: Wimbledon Tournament begins

On a sunny Monday of July 9, 1877, the first tennis tournament in history, organized by All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, began at Wimbledon.

Out of the 22 men who paid the entry fee (one shilling) 21 pioneers took part in the tournament. Every competitor had to use his own racket and to wear flat-heeled shoes. After paying the one-shilling entrance fee spectators could seat themselves on the benches of a three-row temporary board structure seating 30 people.

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