Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered by many to be the most prestigious. The tournament is held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon. It is one of the four grand slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, the French Open, and the U.S. Open.
Wimbledon is the largest grass-court tournament in the world. The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday and Sunday. Each year, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and four invitational events.
Because of the prevalence of hard court tournaments preceding Wimbledon, several events act as a buffer for the transition from hard courts to the grass of Wimbledon. For men, the grass-court AEGON Championships as well as the Gerry Weber Open in Halleserve as respective warm-up events. For women, the AEGON Classic in Birmingham and 2 joint events, the UNICEF Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and the AEGON International Eastbourne serve as warm-up events to Wimbledon.
Wimbledon traditions are very stong. They include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream, and Royal patronage.