2022 Wimbledon Championships: Everything You Need to Know
Well, it's officially summer, and that means the kids are off school, trips to the seaside, and enjoying the warm weather. But, more importantly, it's also when The Wimbledon Championships take place.
As one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments globally, Wimbledon attracts people from all over, and it's always a fantastic event. In fact, many would regard it as the World Cup of tennis.
So, in this post, we're going to reveal everything you need to know about Wimbledon 2022 and how to celebrate it.
The History Of Wimbledon
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament globally, and it has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877.
The tournament was initially open only to male players, but female players were allowed to compete in the late 1800s.
Today, the playing field is pretty much equal, with men's, women's and doubles competitions taking place. Wimbledon is also unique in that it is the only Grand Slam tournament played on grass courts.
Wimbledon 2022 will take place between the 28th of June and the 10th of July, which is a perfect time for the event because the weather's great, and there's less chance of events being cancelled due to rain (although it does happen).
Who to Watch Out For
Of course, no sporting event would be complete without bets from the public, and there are some clear favourites this year.
The men's tournament clear favourite is Novak Djokovic, with Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Surprisingly Roger Federer is nearer the bottom, and the odds are certainly stacked against him this year.
For the women's single event, Iga Swiatek is the favourite, with Serena Williams also having the odds stacked against her. However, these players are professionals, so there could always be some surprises along the way.
What Makes Wimbledon So Special?
So, what is it that makes Wimbledon so unique? Is it a long history? The prestigious reputation? Or maybe it's because of the players themselves.
We think it's a combination of all of these things, but one thing's clear; it's definitely an unmissable event.
Generations of families gather to watch it, and if you're lucky enough to secure some tickets, you might come face to face with some Royals.
Don't worry if you can't get tickets, because the entire event will be on TV, and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.
How to Have Your Very Own Wimbledon Celebration
Wimbledon isn't all about tennis, and there are plenty of other exciting things about the quintessentially British event.
Regardless of whether you're at home, or getting friends and family together to enjoy the matches, here's how to keep your Wimbledon tournament as authentic as possible.
Strawberries and Cream
No Wimbledon event would be complete without some strawberries and cream. You can't have one without the other, so make sure you get your hands on some fresh strawberries (or raspberries, if you prefer) and whip up some cream.
You can, of course, buy this from a shop, but it's much more fun to make your own. For the freshest strawberries imaginable, head to your local strawberry picking farm. Trust us; you won't regret it.
If you're feeling more adventurous, the classic Eton Mess is delicious and the perfect way to enjoy your favourite tennis players.
Pimm's & Lemonade
What makes Pimm's and Lemonade the perfect summer drink? We're not sure, but it's so refreshing and the ideal accompaniment for tennis.
You can buy Pimm's online or from most supermarkets, and it's straightforward to make. Simply pour 50ml of Pimm's into a glass, add some lemonade (or fruit juice), and add some chopped-up fruit.
We recommend adding strawberries, oranges and cucumber for the ultimate summer drink. If you want to get really fancy, you could even garnish your drink with a sprig of mint or some edible flowers.
The Perfect Picnic Spread
No Wimbledon party would be complete without a picnic spread, so make sure you have everything you need before the big day.
As well as the strawberries and cream (and Pimms), we recommend making some sandwiches (cucumber and cream cheese is a classic). You can also serve savoury snacks like olives, hummus, breadsticks, and crisps.
For something sweet, we recommend making some scones or a cake. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even try your hand at making some macarons - they might not be traditional Wimbledon fare, but they're sure to impress your guests!
Sweets for younger people
Wimbledon is a great event for all the family, and there are plenty of things to keep the kids entertained.
If you're having a Wimbledon party at home, we recommend setting up a sweet table with their favourites. Think French Fancies, Battenberg, Jammy Dodgers and other things children love.
The best thing about pick and mix is there's something for everyone, and letting people pick their sweets ensures you can cater to everyone's needs. Better still, you can get great prices at Appleton Sweets because we sell wholesale pick and mix.
Hold Your Own Tournament
Wimbledon is the perfect opportunity to dust off your old tennis racket and have a go yourself. You might not be able to play on Centre Court, but that doesn't mean you can't have loads of fun in your garden or local park.
If you're feeling competitive, why not hold a mini-tournament?
You could even get some friends together and make it a doubles tournament. Just make sure you have plenty of Pimm's on hand to keep everyone refreshed.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. The event might take place every year, but many regard it as the pinnacle of summer.
Whether you're attending in person or watching from home, we hope you have a great time and enjoy the event with friends and family. Just make sure you don't forget the strawberries and cream and pick and mix for the kids.