You can’t have failed to notice we’re in the midst of Wimbledon fever again. Everyone’s talking about Kate Middleton’s white dress, the heat wave hitting Murray Mount, formally Henman Hill, the mount of strawberries being eaten and then of course there’s the actual tennis! This annual event falling in the height of summer at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, with its strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream, and Royal patronage has a genteel feel which is quintessentially English.
By the end of the tournament a fair few of us will have been tempted to reach for our racquets and ball and give it a go!
But for us, as impressive as the players undoubtedly are, our respect goes to the ball boys and girls. We feel these guys are the unsung heroes, crouching patiently in the line of fire for their moment, as tennis balls whizz overhead at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. Do they ever get cramp and find it hard to run?! Their skill lies in patience and the art of bouncing the balls to the competitors. Let us tell you this is pretty vital!
So for all those budding ball boys and girls out there, why not get a bit of practice in by making your very own bouncy balls. Their cool glow-in-the-dark coloured crystals mean you can keep practising right into the dark so you can get Wimbledon-worthy in no time! They’re easy to make, all you have to do is simply layer up the crystals into the moulds provided and place in water for a few minutes. And then get bouncing!
In celebration of the last week of the tournament here are a few Wimbledon factoids for you fact fans:
- Wimbledon is the oldest grand slam in tennis, dating back to 1877
- Tennis balls were white until replaced by yellow tennis balls in 1986 because they are more visible to TV cameras. One ball is only in play for about twenty minutes of an average two-and-a-half-hour tennis match.
- Last year, 23 tonnes of strawberries were served to visitors. When laid end-to-end, these berries would stretch almost 60km (37 miles), i.e. from Wimbledon to Reading. Fancy cream with that? An estimated 7,000 litres of fresh cream racked up each fortnight. Blimey!
- 54,500 tennis balls were ordered for this year’s tournament