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Probably the most famous court in all of tennis - Center Court at Wimbledon; a Harris hawk called Rufus is responsible for keeping the grounds pigeon-free but when he's not around every single seat is covered

Probably the most famous court in all of tennis - Center Court at Wimbledon; a Harris hawk called Rufus is responsible for keeping the grounds pigeon-free but when he's not around every single seat is covered

Lee and I had both visited Wimbledon before but a long time ago; the changes made since were extremely impressive with every detail perfected

Lee and I had both visited Wimbledon before but a long time ago; the changes made since were extremely impressive with every detail perfected

The racket I used as a junior is in the upper left corner; Wimbledon is notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts, with the exception of Rolex, which provides timekeeping technology during matches

The racket I used as a junior is in the upper left corner; Wimbledon is notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts, with the exception of Rolex, which provides timekeeping technology during matches

The Ladies' Singles Trophy; Martina holds virtually every women's record at Wimbledon including an incredible 326 matches played (103 more than the men's record holder)

The Ladies' Singles Trophy; Martina holds virtually every women's record at Wimbledon including an incredible 326 matches played (103 more than the men's record holder)

The Gentleman's Singles Trophy; still sad that Roger didn't get to hold it this year

The Gentleman's Singles Trophy; still sad that Roger didn't get to hold it this year

These rackets were incredibly popular in my junior days; the metal model is Billie Jean King's Wilson T2000 and the wood model is the Dunlop Maxply used by Rod Laver

These rackets were incredibly popular in my junior days; the metal model is Billie Jean King's Wilson T2000 and the wood model is the Dunlop Maxply used by Rod Laver

I was impressed to see how up to date the Wimbledon Museum is; in addition to Coco, former junior champions include Hingis, Borg, Mauresmo, Federer, Edberg, Barty, Bouchard and Wozniaki

I was impressed to see how up to date the Wimbledon Museum is; in addition to Coco, former junior champions include Hingis, Borg, Mauresmo, Federer, Edberg, Barty, Bouchard and Wozniaki

My hometown pro managed to make it into the Wimbledon Museum; Wimbledon and the French are the only Grand Slam tournaments where fans without tickets can queue up and still get seats on the show courts on the day of the match

My hometown pro managed to make it into the Wimbledon Museum; Wimbledon and the French are the only Grand Slam tournaments where fans without tickets can queue up and still get seats on the show courts on the day of the match

Roger holds the record for most men's singles titles (9); the Wimbledon Finals are obliged to be shown live and in full on terrestrial television by government mandate

Roger holds the record for most men's singles titles (9); the Wimbledon Finals are obliged to be shown live and in full on terrestrial television by government mandate

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and the only major played on grass; Wimbledon traditions include a strict all-white dress code for competitors

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and the only major played on grass; Wimbledon traditions include a strict all-white dress code for competitors

The grass courts are only playable at the All England Club from May until September; after the championships, work immediately begins on preparing the courts for the tournament the following year

The grass courts are only playable at the All England Club from May until September; after the championships, work immediately begins on preparing the courts for the tournament the following year

The balcony on the right is where the champions appear to hoist their trophies for fans and press to see; the loudest known grunt during Wimbledon came from Sharapova in 2009(105 decibels - equivalent to standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!)

The balcony on the right is where the champions appear to hoist their trophies for fans and press to see; the loudest known grunt during Wimbledon came from Sharapova in 2009(105 decibels - equivalent to standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!)

BBC broadcast booth; since 1937 the BBC has broadcast the tournament on television in the UK; the tennis balls used were white until the advent of color TV when they were switched to yellow to better stand out on color sets

BBC broadcast booth; since 1937 the BBC has broadcast the tournament on television in the UK; the tennis balls used were white until the advent of color TV when they were switched to yellow to better stand out on color sets

Henman Hill; we took a 90 minute guided tour in which we learned all about the club, traditions and what makes Wimbledon unique (ie it's the only grand slam hosted by a private club)

Henman Hill; we took a 90 minute guided tour in which we learned all about the club, traditions and what makes Wimbledon unique (ie it's the only grand slam hosted by a private club)

Court 1 has already had the top layer of soil removed, been steamed (to kill pests and weeds) and reseeded for next year; it was easy to reach Wimbledon by train from central London

Court 1 has already had the top layer of soil removed, been steamed (to kill pests and weeds) and reseeded for next year; it was easy to reach Wimbledon by train from central London

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