With Wimbledon just around the corner, we at Thames Rockets are practicing our forearm and limbering up for plenty of aces! Wimbledon is a British institution, so for a bit of fun we thought we would pair up some super-speedy facts between the #1 tennis championship and the #1 speedboat experience in Britain!
Thames Rockets Wimbledon Facts.
How many balls are used?
During the championships 54,250 tennis balls are used. This is enough to completely fill two Thames Rockets! They are stored in a refrigerator to keep them in perfect condition (just like our skipper Nick is!). Since 1902 Slazenger has supplied the balls for the Championships, this is the longest running sports sponsorship ever!
How do you become a ball boy or girl?
The 250 balls boys and girls (aka BBGs) go through months of intense training before the tournament to be totally prepared for Wimbledon. On our 5 vessel fleet they could do 20 Ultimate London Adventures in 4 hours!
How many courts does Wimbledon have?
Wimbledon has 19 courts, this includes the two show courts, ‘Centre Court’ (that’s square one) and ‘No.1 Court’ (that’s the round one). Did you know the union jack flag at the top of the Victoria Tower in Parliament is the same size as a regulation tennis court?
How many different winners have there been?
There have been 130 men’s singles and 123 ladies singles winners at the Championship. To date it would take 21 Thames Rockets to take them all from the London Eye to Wimbledon.
Who’s won it the most?
The record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies Singles belongs to retired Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. In Men’s Singles, the record for most titles is shared by William Renshaw, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer, who each won the event seven times. The record for the most Thames Rockets reviews belongs to Little Mike who single-handedly received 64 five star reviews in August 2016!
How many people will attend?
In the two weeks that the tournament runs 500,000 people come and watch games live at Wimbledon (that’s enough to fill 41,667 Thames Rockets!).
Why does everyone wear white?
For the same reason we wear red – it’s the rules! Championship rules state all players must be dressed in white. The umpires can even ask a player to change if they don’t meet the very strict dress code standards. This happened in 2013 when Roger Federer was told to switch his shoes because they had orange soles (they should have been red…)!
The longest game of the Championship was back in 2010. John Isner of the United States defeated French player Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days. This is the equivalent of doing almost 17 of our all speed ‘Break the Barrier’ experiences!
How fast is the fastest ever serve?
The record for fastest men’s serve at Wimbledon belongs to US player Taylor Dent, whose ball clocked in at 238kph. To put this in context this is 128.51 knots, which is over 4 times the legal speed limit on the Thames!
What a racket!
During the course of the Championship, stringing teams string on average over 2,000 rackets. In total this adds up to over 40 miles of string! That is the same distance as our home at the London Eye all the way to Southend, via the Thames.
Where can I watch it?
If you’re not lucky enough to get tickets to the Championships don’t worry. Get over to St. Katharine Docks and catch the action live on their big screen.
So don your whites (with a splash of red) and limber up for the speediest of serves. Strawberries and cream at the ready with plenty of whoops and cheers, Thames Rockets is all over Wimbledon 2017.