On this day: The First Wimbledon Championship

Strawberries and cream, anyone? The first Wimbledon Tennis Championship began on this day in 1877, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Twenty two players took part, with Spencer Gore becoming the winner ten days later, winning a prize – 12 guineas – that was rather modest compared to the £1,760,000 that this year’s winners will take home.

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