Today in history – Wimbledon Tennis is born

October 13, 2014

Tennis has always been a favorite sport of mine. But even if you’re not a tennis buff, you’ve probably heard the term “Wimbledon” before, right??

The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began its very first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon back on this very day in 1877. After several rounds and matches, only two competitors were left come July 19 – William Marshall and W. Spencer Gore.

On that day some 200 spectators paid a shilling each to see them play. In this final match that lasted only 48 minutes, the 27-year-old Gore dominated with his strong volleying game, crushing Marshall, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

And so the legacy of Wimbledon began…with Mr. Gore becoming the first ever victor in a tournament that still thrives over 120 years later.