Google rolled out a new doodle commemorating the 140th anniversary of the world’s oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon Championship on 3 July 2017.
The first championship took place in 1877 and since then it has been the most coveted tournament to be held every year.
The Doodle features a green background, paying homage to the grass courts on which Wimbledon matches are played, and two animated tennis rackets exchanging shots as spectators and an umpire made up of Google lettering, look on. Rufus the Hawk, which dutifully shoos away any pigeons who land on the court during a match, is also featured at the top right corner of the doodle.
The search giant also featured a few earlier concepts, including one that depicts the rain that so often disrupts Wimbledon proceedings.
This year's tournament will run from 3-16 July 2017. Britain's Andy Murray, also the defending men’s champion will play the first match on Center Court against Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik. World champion and the defending women’s champion, Serena Williams, will be absent this year, as she awaits the birth of her first child.
Interesting Facts about Wimbledon
• Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.
• It is the only Grand Slam that is played on grass courts. At one time, all the Majors, except the French Open, were played on grass. The US Open shifted to hard-court in 1975 and the Australian Open in 1988.
• The tournament has only been interrupted twice, during World War I and World War II.
• The 14-day long tournament always begins on a Monday and ends on a Sunday.
• Traditionally, there is no play on the "Middle Sunday", as it is considered as a rest day. However, rain forced play on the ‘Middle Sunday’ 4 times - in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016.
• The two most important courts at Wimbledon are the Centre Court and No.1 Court. Centre Court usually hosts the finals and semi-finals of the main events, as well as matches involving top-seeded players or local favourites.
• All tennis players participating in the tournament are required to wear all-white or almost all-white clothing.
• Yellow tennis balls were introduced in 1986 before this only white balls were used, which caused difficulty for the umpires.
• Players are required to bow or curtsy if the Prince of Wales or Her Majesty the Queen is present at the match.
• Roger Federer is the only player to reach 10 consecutive finals at the tournament.
• Novak Djokovic is the only man to have beaten Roger Federer three times in the Wimbledon final and he celebrated each of his victories by eating blades of grass
• Martina Navratilova with 9 wins has won the tournament’s women’s singles title the maximum number of times.
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