Reflecting on the history of the Grand Slam at the start of this season's championship
In July 1868, the All England Croquet Club was founded in Wimbledon, a suburb just outside of London. Although initially created with an emphasis on croquet, the AEC added lawn tennis to its roster, thanks to the sport's growing popularity. With the intention of generating funds for new lawn maintenance equipment, the club created an amateur tennis tournament for gentlemen with a required entrance fee of 1 guinea, a form of British currency worth roughly £1.05 today. Beginning on July 9, 1877, Wimbledon ran for 10 days until 27-year-old Spencer Gore of Wandsworth proved himself victorious.
As Wimbledon 2019 unfolds, CR looks back on archival photos of the tournament's origins and some of the competition's early champions.