London is the center of the tennis world for the next few weeks as the sport's top players and up-and-coming stars compete in the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. The tournament began this morning, and thousands flocked the All-England Club to watch reigning champion and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer open up his title defense on Centre Court.
In its 136th year, Wimbledon is tennis’s oldest and most prestigious tournament, having hosted some of the longest and most intense matches in history. The 2010 match between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut of France lasted 11 hours and spanned several days before Isner won 70-68.
Here are 10 more fun facts you probably don’t know about tennis' premier contest:
Mita Klima from Austria is the youngest player to ever compete in the tournament at 13 years old, a record that has stood for 106 years
The shortest player ever was Gertrude Hoahing, who stood 4 ft. 9 in. tall.
Nearly 500,000 people will attend the tournament over its two-week period
The loudest known "grunt" came from Maria Sharapova during the 2009 tournament, recorded at about 105 decibels – the equivalent of standing three feet from a motorcycle