September 25, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 Facts.
The dust has long settled on the 133rd Wimbledon Championships. But one final look back won’t hurt. We’ll do that right here by looking at some pertinent facts and stats from Wimbledon 2019.
Here are five of them:
A prestigious tournament deserves eye-popping prize money. That was exactly the case with this year’s Wimbledon, with the prize pot reaching a staggering £38 million. The champions of the men’s and women’s singles, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, each took home £2.35 million. The runners-ups, on the other hand, took home £1.18 million. Even the first-round losers didn’t go home empty-handed, as they each received £45,000.
Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious and popular sporting events in the world. This year’s overall attendance underscores that. In all, a total of 500,397 fans watched world-class tennis in Wimbledon for 13 thrilling days. That figure, according to the official Wimbledon website, is the second highest in the tournament’s history. Statista notes that attendance for 2019 was also considerably higher compared to 2017 and 2018, which was 473,372 and 473,169, respectively.
The all-time record for most Wimbledon titles is 8 and that is held by Roger Federer. The Swiss Maestro is widely regarded as one of tennis’ all-time greats, and he has often made Wimbledon his top tournament including his most recent victory in 2017. Federer’s success has meant that he is the sport’s highest paid athlete, and he still holds the record for the most Grand Slams titles, as well as the most Wimbledon Championships. He could’ve added to his record haul, but was denied by Novak Djokovic in an epic final. It was a marathon of a match, with the Serbian outlasting the Swiss, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12. This loss still stings a bit more than usual for Federer, as he looked on the verge of rewriting history yet again. But despite two match points he couldn’t finish the job, and had to settle for second.
4 hours and 55 minutes
That’s how long the Wimbledon men’s final took, as two of the greatest tennis players in history slugged it out on Centre Court. Chances are the match could’ve gone longer, with neither Djokovic nor Federer willing to give an inch in the marathon final set. But with the All-England Club implementing the 12-12 tie break rule for the first time ever, the epic match finally ended on a costly mishit by Federer.
56 minutes, 3 unforced errors
In contrast to the men’s final, the women’s final took less than an hour. Simona Halep was just on another level in this final, as she trounced Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2. Halep was so dominant that the first five games took less than a quarter of an hour. Underscoring Halep’s comprehensive beating of Williams were her 3 unforced errors — the fewest ever in any Grand Slam final.
Article written by Christie Peters
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