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Legends of Wimbledon, world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament

June 23, 2014, 18:15 UTC+3
The Wimbledon Championships have kicked off in Britain Monday
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Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. In 1877 it was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.  The Gentlemen's Singles was the only event held
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. In 1877 it was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.  The Gentlemen's Singles was the only event held
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. In 1877 it was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The Gentlemen's Singles was the only event held
© AP Photo
No British managed to win the Gentlemen's Singles from 1936 when Fred Perry did it, to 2013 when Andy Murray again won the title for Great Britain
No British managed to win the Gentlemen's Singles from 1936 when Fred Perry did it, to 2013 when Andy Murray again won the title for Great Britain
No British managed to win the Gentlemen's Singles from 1936 when Fred Perry did it, to 2013 when Andy Murray again won the title for Great Britain
© AP Photo
Fred Perry was world No. 1 in tennis in 1934-1936. He won the Wimbledon gentlemen's singles three times in a row
Fred Perry was world No. 1 in tennis in 1934-1936. He won the Wimbledon gentlemen's singles three times in a row
Fred Perry was world No. 1 in tennis in 1934-1936. He won the Wimbledon gentlemen's singles three times in a row
©  AP Photo/Staff/Putnam
King George V (left) and Fred Perry (right) in 1934. The King attended the tournament in 1926, when Prince Albert - future king George VI - was to compete. Though he lost his match, he remains the only member of the Royal family to play at Wimbledon
King George V (left) and Fred Perry (right) in 1934. The King attended the tournament in 1926, when Prince Albert - future king George VI - was to compete. Though he lost his match, he remains the only member of the Royal family to play at Wimbledon
King George V (left) and Fred Perry (right) in 1934. The King attended the tournament in 1926, when Prince Albert - future king George VI - was to compete. Though he lost his match, he remains the only member of the Royal family to play at Wimbledon
© AP Photo/Staff/Putnam
After losing her first Wimbledon final in 1924, American Helen Wills won the tournament eight times
After losing her first Wimbledon final in 1924, American Helen Wills won the tournament eight times
After losing her first Wimbledon final in 1924, American Helen Wills won the tournament eight times
© AP Photo
Princess Diana was a passionate tennis supporter. She was friendly with Steffi Graf, who is said to have been giving tennis lessons to Prince William and Prince Harry
Princess Diana was a passionate tennis supporter. She was friendly with Steffi Graf, who is said to have been giving tennis lessons to Prince William and Prince Harry
Princess Diana was a passionate tennis supporter. She was friendly with Steffi Graf, who is said to have been giving tennis lessons to Prince William and Prince Harry
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
Bjorn Borg is a Swedish tennis player who won his Wimbledon title at 20 and then repeated the success four more times
Bjorn Borg is a Swedish tennis player who won his Wimbledon title at 20 and then repeated the success four more times
Bjorn Borg is a Swedish tennis player who won his Wimbledon title at 20 and then repeated the success four more times
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
John McEnroe is a US tennis player who won Wibledon thrice. McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and  confrontational on-court behavior
John McEnroe is a US tennis player who won Wibledon thrice. McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and  confrontational on-court behavior
John McEnroe is a US tennis player who won Wibledon thrice. McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and confrontational on-court behavior
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
Germany's Boris Becker became the youngest (17 years old) player to win Wimbledon in 1985.
Germany's Boris Becker became the youngest (17 years old) player to win Wimbledon in 1985.
Germany's Boris Becker became the youngest (17 years old) player to win Wimbledon in 1985.
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
Czech and US player Martina Navratilova is the winner of most Ladies' Singles titles (9) including six of them consecutively (1982-1987)
Czech and US player Martina Navratilova is the winner of most Ladies' Singles titles (9) including six of them consecutively (1982-1987)
Czech and US player Martina Navratilova is the winner of most Ladies' Singles titles (9) including six of them consecutively (1982-1987)
© AP Photo/Dave Caulkin
Ivan Lendl is a Czech and US player. Of all the Grand Slam tournaments, the one he couldn't win was Wimbledon, though he played in the final twice
Ivan Lendl is a Czech and US player. Of all the Grand Slam tournaments, the one he couldn't win was Wimbledon, though he played in the final twice
Ivan Lendl is a Czech and US player. Of all the Grand Slam tournaments, the one he couldn't win was Wimbledon, though he played in the final twice
© AP Photo/Joe Schaber
Germany's Steffi Graf won seven Wimbledon titles
Germany's Steffi Graf won seven Wimbledon titles
Germany's Steffi Graf won seven Wimbledon titles
© Press Association via AP Images
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer together hold the record of most Gentlemen's Singles titles (seven)
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer together hold the record of most Gentlemen's Singles titles (seven)
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer together hold the record of most Gentlemen's Singles titles (seven)
© AP Photo/Chris Carlson
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Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. In 1877 it was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The Gentlemen's Singles was the only event held
© AP Photo
No British managed to win the Gentlemen's Singles from 1936 when Fred Perry did it, to 2013 when Andy Murray again won the title for Great Britain
© AP Photo
Fred Perry was world No. 1 in tennis in 1934-1936. He won the Wimbledon gentlemen's singles three times in a row
©  AP Photo/Staff/Putnam
King George V (left) and Fred Perry (right) in 1934. The King attended the tournament in 1926, when Prince Albert - future king George VI - was to compete. Though he lost his match, he remains the only member of the Royal family to play at Wimbledon
© AP Photo/Staff/Putnam
After losing her first Wimbledon final in 1924, American Helen Wills won the tournament eight times
© AP Photo
Princess Diana was a passionate tennis supporter. She was friendly with Steffi Graf, who is said to have been giving tennis lessons to Prince William and Prince Harry
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
Bjorn Borg is a Swedish tennis player who won his Wimbledon title at 20 and then repeated the success four more times
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
John McEnroe is a US tennis player who won Wibledon thrice. McEnroe is known for his shot-making artistry and confrontational on-court behavior
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
Germany's Boris Becker became the youngest (17 years old) player to win Wimbledon in 1985.
© AP Photo/Bob Dear
Czech and US player Martina Navratilova is the winner of most Ladies' Singles titles (9) including six of them consecutively (1982-1987)
© AP Photo/Dave Caulkin
Ivan Lendl is a Czech and US player. Of all the Grand Slam tournaments, the one he couldn't win was Wimbledon, though he played in the final twice
© AP Photo/Joe Schaber
Germany's Steffi Graf won seven Wimbledon titles
© Press Association via AP Images
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer together hold the record of most Gentlemen's Singles titles (seven)
© AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The very first Wimbledon tournament was held back in 1877 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The Gentlemen's Singles was the only event held until 1884. With years, the tournament has grown to become one of the most prestigious in world tennis.

Traditions play a significant role at Wimbledon. Dark green and purple are the traditional Wimbledon colours. However, all tennis players participating in the tournament are required to wear all-white or at least almost all-white clothing. The traditions include eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators and Royal support.

Legends of the 137 years of Wimbledon history in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS.

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