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The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as simply "Wimbledon", is the oldest and arguably most prestigious event in the sport of tennis. Held every June or July (starts 6 weeks before the first Monday in August), the tournament is the third Grand Slam event played each year, preceded by the Australian Open and the French Open, and followed by the U.S. Open. Wimbledon (which is the only one of the Grand Slam events played on grass) lasts for two weeks, subject to extensions for rain.


Wimbledon History

The Championships were first played under the control of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 1877 at a ground near Worple Road, Wimbledon; the only event held was Gentlemen's Singles. In 1884, the All England Club added Ladies' Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles. Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles were added in 1913. The Championships moved to their present location, at a ground near Church Road, Wimbledon, in 1922. As with the other three Grand Slam events, Wimbledon was contested by top-ranked amateur players until the advent of the open era in tennis in 1968. Britons are very proud of the tournament but it is a source of national anguish and humour — no British man has won the singles event at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, and no British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977.


List of Wimbledon Men's Singles Champions

Here the latest Championships winners :

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1997 Pete Sampras Cédric Pioline 6-4 6-2 6-4
1998 Pete Sampras Goran Ivanisevic 6-7(2) 7-6(9) 6-4 3-6 6-2
1999 Pete Sampras Andre Agassi 6-3 6-4 7-5
2000 Pete Sampras Patrick Rafter 6-7(10) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2
2001 Goran Ivanisevic Patrick Rafter 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7
2002 Lleyton Hewitt David Nalbandian 6-1 6-3 6-2
2003 Roger Federer Mark Philippoussis 7-6(5) 6-2 7-6(3)
2004 Roger Federer Andy Roddick 4-6 7-5 7-6(3) 6-4
2005 Roger Federer Andy Roddick 6-2 7-6(2) 6-4
2006 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3
2007 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2
2008 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7
2009 Roger Federer Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6(8) 7-6(5) 3-6 16-14
2010 Rafael Nadal Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5 6-4
2011 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
2012 Roger Federer Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4
2013 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4



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