Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smarter for 10; ANYONE FOR TENNIS? MARION MCMULLEN SERVES UP THE FACTS ABOUT WIMBLEDON

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smarter for 10; ANYONE FOR TENNIS? MARION MCMULLEN SERVES UP THE FACTS ABOUT WIMBLEDON

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

the winner take it all? 1does THE total cash that the All England Club will award in prize money to competitors at this year's championships is PS28.2m. A total of 54,250 balls will be used during the 662 matches and the event will be covered by 3,250 accredited media representatives.

has a bird's eye view? 2who RUFUS the hawk has been patrolling the skies for nine years keeping pigeons away and now has a new beaky partner called Pollux. Pollux took a little time to find his feathers last year. Owner Imogen Davis explains: "Pollux came for a few flights, but he wasn't quite ready for the television. He kept landing on the BBC Breakfast sound booms." Rufus has nearly 9,000 Twitter followers.

3 who will be laying down the lawn? HEAD groundsman Neil Stubley heads a 25-strong team to keep everything looking green. Nine tonnes of seed is used every year and the grass is re-lined, rolled and mowed during the tournament and water every night to keep the surfaces at the 8mm playing height.

nets a profit? 4who HOMEOWNERS around Wimbledon make money by letting out their properties during the championships. The biggest houses near the All England Club will rake in up to PS15,000 a week from players, corporate clients, media companies and officials. One-bedroomed flats can earn around PS1,000 a week.

you feeling peckish? 5are AROUND 8,615 punnets of strawberries will be served every day and about 7,000 litres of fresh cream will also be consumed during the competition. Everything will be washed down with around 29,000 bottles of champagne. Lanson has been official champagne supplier since 2001.

rain stop play? 6will LADBROKES has been offering odds-on that the first week of the tournament will be a wash-out and is also offering bets that bad weather will force the tournament into a third week.

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