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Wimbledon Fun Facts

LUCKY 7

From 1993 to 2000 Pete Sampras won Wimbledon seven times. His 2000 win was his 13TH Grand Slam title, breaking Roy Emerson's all time slam record.

A BRITISH DOZEN 

2005 will be the 12th straight year of competition at Wimbledon for British #1 Tim Henman, who has advanced to the semifinals four times.

THE BJORN SUPREMACY

Bjorn Borg won five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1976 to 1980. Borg also won Junior Wimbledon in 1972 at the age of 16.

A SET RECORD

In 1976, Bjorn Borg won his first Wimbledon title (seven matches) without dropping a set, a feat which has not been accomplished at Wimbledon since.

20 MINUTE TIEBREAK

In the 1980 Wimbledon final John McEnroe won a 20-minute, fourth-set tiebreak, saving 7 match points before losing 8-6 in the fifth set to Bjorn Borg.

ALL ENGLAND CLUB

In 1961, two British competitors, Christine Truman and Angela Mortimer reached the Wimbledon finals. The previous all English Wimbledon final was in 1914.

SWEDISH HEARTTHROB

At Wimbledon in 1973 Bjorn Borg was 'attacked' by hundreds of admiring female fans and was pinned down for 15-minutes before being rescued by the police.

WIMBLEDON BOYCOTT

In 1973, Wimbledon was boycotted by the newly formed ATP. 79 players, including 13 of the original 16 seeds, withdrew from the tournament.

GRAF'S GREATNESS

Steffi Graf captured the Wimbledon title seven times and her last appearance at a Grand Slam was at the 1999 final, when she lost to Lindsay Davenport.

KING OF CENTER COURT

Between 1966 and 1975 Billie Jean King's Wimbledon domination was virtually absolute. She reached eight Ladies' singles finals and won six of them.

LEFTY FROM DOWNUNDER

In 1907, Wimbledon had its first left handed winner, Australian Norman Brookes, who also became the first man from overseas to win the tournament.

MARTINA'S LONG REIGN

Martina Navratilova has won a record number 9 Wimbledon singles titles in addition to tying Billie Jean King's record number of 20 Wimbledon titles.

UNSEEDED WONDER

Boris Becker was the first unseeded player and youngest man to win Wimbledon at 17 years, 227 days. He was also the first German Wimbledon champion.

WILDCARD WINNER

In 2001, 125th ranked and three time Wimbledon runner up (1992, 1994, 1998) Croatian Goran Ivanisevic, became the first Wimbledon wildcard champion.

AMERICAN IN LONDON

May Sutton of the United States became the first non-European Wimbledon champion in 1905 when she defeated Dorothea Douglass for the Women's singles title.