The first Wimbledon Championship was played
in 1877. The winner, from an entry
field of 22 players, won approximately 12 guineas - in those days, probably
enough money to buy a lifetime supply of wooden tennis racquets.
Photo Gallery: Memorable Wimbledon Moments
With all due respect to other Grand Slam tennis venues, the tournament that captures the most attention around the globe is known by a single word: Wimbledon.