Monday/ Wimbledon starts 🎾

The two-week tennis tournament at the freshly-mowed green grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London SW19’s Wimbledon village* started today.
Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to compete this year, after they were banned from Wimbledon in 2022. (The ban achieved nothing, really).

*The village is referred to as “Wimbedounyng” in a charter signed by King Edgar the Peaceful in 967. The name Wimbledon means “Wynnman’s hill”, with the final element of the name being the Celtic “dun” (hill).
In June 1877 the club decided to organize a tennis tournament to pay for the repair of its pony roller, which was used to maintain the lawns.
The championship has been held every year since then, outside of the World War I and II years (so not held 1915-18, 1940-45).

Jannik Sinner (Italy, 21) at full stretch in his match today against Juan Manuel Cerundolo (Argentina, 21). Sinner won in straight sets (6-2, 6-2, 6-2) and will face another Argentinian in the second round: Diego Schwartzman.
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