Aside from the grass courts, the courts are utilized by club members and LTA-sponsored players all year. From May through September, the grass courts are open for play (except Centre Court and other show courts, which are used only for the championships). The main stadium is available for hire out for private events, and you can also hire some of the other facilities around such as the Iveagh Tennis Club or the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) school.
You need to be a member of Wimbledon Tennis Club (WTC) to be able to play on its grounds. Membership is available at any time of the year, but it's best to join before you want to use the facilities. There are different membership types depending on your needs and how much money you want to spend. For example, there is a limited membership called Young WTC Member that does not include any exclusive benefits but will allow you to play on all courses free of charge. If you're not a young person anymore or if you want to save some money, consider joining the Senior Membership. This membership gives you access to all the facilities including those for elite athletes such as training rooms and coaches' offices. Finally, if you have enough talent and would like to be invited to train with the senior players during their off-season, you can become a LTA member.
There are 18 championship grass courts on the grounds. You can learn more about playing at Wimbledon at their website.
Wimbledon is a town near London, England, that is internationally known as the home of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The annual tennis championships are an event of the World Tennis Tour and have been held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) in London since 1877. The world's oldest tennis tournament, it is played on outdoor grass courts and was originally known as the All England Croquet Club Championship. The initial tournament was open only to men; women's singles were introduced five years later. Today, the two events run for approximately two weeks in late June and early July of each year. The best tennis players in the world converge on Wimbledon to compete for the trophies every year. The Wimbledon Championships are the only Grand Slam tennis event still played on grass courts.
Wimbledon was first established in the 16th century when Henry VIII acquired homes on Wimbledon Common for his hunting pleasures. The area was then developed as market gardens until 1829 when it turned into an exclusive suburb of London.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club describes how they produce a grass court on their website: 1. The courts are built and planted in April, with nine tonnes of grass seed used each year. The courts will be trimmed after the new grass reaches 15mm, and then three times a week until May to maintain the same height. 2. The club's gardener starts work at around 3am and finishes by 6pm each day. He uses a motorized lawnmower, weed whacker, edger and sprayer.
Wimbledon is one of the only Grand Slam tennis events that takes place on grass courts. This means that the players compete in a slow-moving game on an athletic field where the best hitters and runners are able to take advantage of mistakes on the part of their opponents.
At the end of each match, the umpires inspect each player's footgear to make sure it meets the requirements for championship play. If any piece of footwear causes concern, the umpire will signal to the player involved who can provide an alternative shoe. The player must then change into these shoes before leaving the court.
If a player fails to comply with this rule, then his or her score will not count and the opponent may choose to send him or her off the court immediately. There is a doctor on site who can evaluate any player who shows signs of injury and send them off the court if necessary. In this case, the player's score will not count either.