Wimbledon 2014
Tennis fans are expected to consume 28,000 kilogrammes of strawberries and 200,000 glasses of Pimm's during Wimbledon 2014    Getty

The Wimbledon Championships gets underway on Monday with Andy Murray looking to become the first Britain since Fred Perry in 1936 to retain the men's single title at the All England Club.

The grand slam tournament, which has been held since 1877, with breaks for the intervening World Wars, takes place over two weeks and is heralded as one of sport's most traditional bastions, enforcing strict dress codes and eschewing courtside sponsorship and advertising boards.

First televised in 1937, Wimbledon is now beamed to 380 million people across the world with 17.3m tuning in from the UK last year to watch Andy Murray defeat Novak Djokovic to claim the men's title becoming the first British chapmpion in 77 years .

Here is the tournament in numbers:

  • 15,000 - the number of seats at Centre Court
  • 10 - minutes it takes to close Centre Court's retracting roof
  • 290 million - the numbers of tennis balls that could fill Centre Court with the roof closed
  • 41 - the number of grass courts at the All England Club
  • 8mm - the length of the grass
Wimbledon Grass
The grass on Wimbledon's courts measures 8mm long Getty
  • 50mm and 100mm - all line are 50mm wide, except base lines which are 100mm
  • 148mph - the fastest serve ever recorded at the Wimbledon Championships by US player Taylor Dent
  • Over 50,000 - plants supplied each year
  • 11 hours, 5 minutes - the longest match ever played at the Championships was in 2010 when John Isner (USA) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68
  • 660 - the number of matches over the fortnight
John Isner of the US (L), France's Nicolas Mahut
John Isner of the US (L), France's Nicolas Mahut after their record-breaking Wimbledon contest Getty
  • 28,600 - the number of Wimbledon-branded towels sold in 2013
  • 757 - players that competed in 2013
  • 250 - ball boys and girls
  • £1.70 - the price of a punnet of strawberries and cream in 1993 - in 2013 it was £2.50
  • 7 - tournaments since 1922 not interrupted by rain (1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010)

Source: www.wimbledon.com