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Wimbledon traditions: longstanding, amended and one of the worst

Wimbledon traditions: longstanding, amended and one of the worst

The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is generally considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877, and is the only one still played on a natural surface, grass.

Tradition is a very strong part of Wimbledon which accounts for a lot of the tournament's charm. Sadly some of the traditions have been amended to accommodate an ever-changing world, but most still remain in place 130 years later.

Wimbledon traditions include club colors and uniforms, a strict dress code for competitors, ball boys and girls, the eating of strawberries and cream, referring to players and royal patronage.

In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to ensure against the possibility of rain delays interrupting Centre Court matches during the tournament. The roof is just the latest example of adapting to a changing tennis world while preserving the traditional foundations upon which the tournament is based.

Club colors and uniforms

As far back as 1909 the All England Club embraced the colors of green and purple as the club colors.  Green clothing was worn by the chair umpire, linesmen, ball boys and ball girls until the 2005 Championships; however, beginning with the 2006 Championships, officials, ball boys and ball girls were outfitted in new navy blue and cream colored uniforms from American designer Ralph Lauren.  For the first time, in 2006, all officials were dressed in navy blue and cream uniforms.  This marked the first time in the history of the Championships that an outside company was used to design Wimbledon clothing. 

Competitor Dress Code

Competitors are still expected to adhere to the 'all-white' dress code imposed upon the championships since the first tournament in 1877.   All tennis players participating in the tournament are required to wear all white or at least almost all white clothing, a long time tradition at Wimbledon. Wearing white clothing with some color accents is also acceptable. 

Historically 1920 was the first year in which a woman played without wearing a corset, and it took until the 1930s until shorts were acceptable on either men (in 1933) or women (in 1939).

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July 4th Party Decorations

No July 4th holiday is complete without patriotic decorations.  Martha Stewart has festive ideas for decorating your home as well as lots of ideas for creating festive red, white and blue desserts.  All of the patterns for the crafts can be found on the Martha Stewart website.  

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Patriotic flag cake for July 4th celebration

Ina Garten's patriotic flag cake takes about 30 minutes to cook and yields 20 to 24 servings. This festive cake made with a cream cheese icing, blueberries and strawberries will be a hit with friends and family at your July 4th celebration.

Ina Garten's Patriotic Flag Cake

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Patriotic pet collars and clothes

When preparing for your July 4th festivities, don't forget to dress your adorable dogs in patriotic collars and clothes to help them celebrate Independence Day too!

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All-American Cocktail

Guy Fieri's Fourth of July Cocktail is easy to make and so colorful! What a perfect way to beat the heat on July 4th!

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