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All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club
The ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS AND CROQUET CLUB, also known as the ALL ENGLAND CLUB, based at Church Road, Wimbledon , London, England, is a private members\' club . It is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships , the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass . Initially an amateur event that occupied club members and their friends for a few days each summer, the championships have become far more prominent than the club itself. However, it still operates as a members' tennis club, with all courts in use all year round. The club has 375 full members, about 100 temporary playing members, and a number of honorary members, including past Wimbledon singles champions and people who have rendered distinguished service to the game. To become a full or temporary member, an applicant must obtain letters of support from four existing full members, two of whom must have known the applicant for at least three years. The name is then added to the Candidates' List
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Penelope Lyttelton, Viscountess Cobham
PENELOPE ANN LYTTELTON, VISCOUNTESS COBHAM, CBE
CBE
(née COOPER; born 2 January 1954), is a British businesswoman known for her involvement in a number of quangos (an acronym for Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisations). She presently serves as Chairwoman of VisitEngland . CONTENTS* 1 Personal life * 1.1 Divorce * 2 Career * 3 References PERSONAL LIFEPenelope Ann Cooper was educated at St James\'s School, West Malvern . In 1974, she married John Lyttelton , son of Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham
Viscount Cobham
, and heir apparent to the Viscountcy of Cobham . Three years later, upon the death of her father-in-law, the couple became Viscount and Viscountess Cobham. Along with the title came the two-century old Hagley Hall , a mansion in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
. Lady Cobham proceeded to convert the hall into a conference venue
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Wimbledon, London
WIMBLEDON /ˈwɪmbəldən/ is a district of southwest London
London
, England, 7.1 miles (11.4 km) south-west of the centre of London
London
at Charing Cross , in the London Borough of Merton , south of Wandsworth , northeast of New Malden , northwest of Mitcham
Mitcham
, west of Streatham and north of Sutton . Wimbledon had a population of 68,187 in 2011 which includes the electoral wards of Abbey, Dundonald, Hillside, Trinity, Village, Raynes Park
Raynes Park
and Wimbledon Park. It is home to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and New Wimbledon Theatre , and contains Wimbledon Common , one of the largest areas of common land in London
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Gentlemen's Club
A GENTLEMEN\'S CLUB, or formerly TRADITIONAL GENTLEMEN\'S CLUB, is a members-only private club originally set up by and for British upper-class men in the 18th century, and popularised by English upper middle-class men and women in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Today, some clubs are more accommodating about the gender and social status of their members. Many countries outside the United Kingdom have prominent gentlemen's clubs, mostly those associated with the British Empire , in particular, India
India
, Pakistan
Pakistan
, and Bangladesh have enthusiastically taken up the practice, and have a thriving club scene
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The Championships, Wimbledon
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, commonly known simply as WIMBLEDON, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely regarded as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England
England
Club in Wimbledon , London
London
, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts . Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open , the French Open
French Open
and the US Open . Since the Australian Open shifted to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass . The tournament traditionally took place over two weeks in late June and early July, starting on the third Monday in June and culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Finals, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday at the end of the second week
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Grand Slam (tennis)
The GRAND SLAM tournaments, also called MAJORS, are the four most important annual tennis events. They offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and greater number of "best of" sets for men. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open
French Open
in May and June, Wimbledon in July, and the US Open in August and September. Each tournament is played over a period of two weeks. The Australian and United States
United States
tournaments are played on hard courts , the French on clay , and Wimbledon on grass . Wimbledon is the oldest, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. However, of these four, only Wimbledon was a major before 1924–25, when all four became designated Grand Slam tournaments
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Grass Court
A GRASS COURT is one of the four different types of tennis court on which the sport of tennis , originally known as "lawn tennis", is played. Grass
Grass
courts are made of grasses in different compositions depending on the tournament. Although grass courts are more traditional than other types of tennis courts, maintenance costs of grass courts are higher than those of hard courts and clay courts. Grass
Grass
courts (in the absence of suitable covers) must be left for the day if rain appears, as the grass becomes very slippery when wet. Grass
Grass
courts are most common in Britain , although the Northeastern United States
United States
also has some private grass courts
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Amateur Sport
AMATEUR SPORTS are sports in which participants engage largely or entirely without remuneration . The distinction is made between amateur sporting participants and professional sporting participants, who are financially remunerated for the time they spend competing and training. In the majority of sports which feature professional players, the professionals will participate at a higher standard of play than amateur competitors, as they can train full-time without the stress of having another job. The majority of worldwide sporting participants are amateurs. Sporting amateurism was a zealously guarded ideal in the 19th century, especially among the upper classes, but faced steady erosion throughout the 20th century with the continuing growth of pro sports and monetisation of amateur and collegiate sports, and is now strictly held as an ideal by fewer and fewer organisations governing sports, even as they maintain the word "amateur " in their titles
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Patron
PATRONAGE is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, ARTS PATRONAGE refers to the support that kings, popes, and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors. It can also refer to the right of bestowing offices or church benefices , the business given to a store by a regular customer, and the guardianship of saints . The word "patron" derives from the Latin : 'PATRONUS\' ("patron"), one who gives benefits to his clients (see Patronage in ancient Rome ). In some countries the term is used to describe POLITICAL PATRONAGE, which is the use of state resources to reward individuals for their electoral support
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Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge
CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE (Catherine Elizabeth "Kate"; née MIDDLETON; born 9 January 1982 ) is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge . Following his father Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
, William is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
, as monarch of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and 15 other Commonwealth realms , making Catherine a likely future queen consort . Catherine grew up in Chapel Row , a village near Newbury, Berkshire , England. She studied art history in Scotland at the University of St Andrews , where she met William in 2001. Their engagement was announced in November 2010 before they married on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey
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Prince Edward, Duke Of Kent
PRINCE EDWARD, DUKE OF KENT, KG , GCMG , GCVO , ADC(P) (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born 9 October 1935) is a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary . He has held the title of Duke of Kent for over 75 years, following the death of his father in a plane crash in 1942. The Duke of Kent
Duke of Kent
carries out engagements on behalf of his first cousin, Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
. He is perhaps best known as president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club , presenting the trophies to the Wimbledon champion and runner-up. He also served as the United Kingdom's Special
Special
Representative for International Trade and Investment , retiring in 2001
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Tennis At The 1908 Summer Olympics – Women's Singles
The WOMEN\'S SINGLES (outdoor) was one of six lawn tennis events on the Tennis at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. The number of withdrawals resulted in empty brackets, with one player making it to the final without playing a single match while another had to win two to advance to that point
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Centre Court
CENTRE COURT is the main court at the Wimbledon Championship , the third annual Grand Slam event of the tennis calendar. It is considered the world's most famous tennis court. It incorporates the clubhouse of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club . Its only regular use for play is during the two weeks a year that the Championships take place. Centre Court
Centre Court
has a premier box, known as the Royal Box, for use by the Royal Family and other distinguished guests. A retractable roof was installed in 2009, enabling play to continue during rain and into the night up until a council-imposed curfew of 11 pm. Centre Court, along with No. 1 Court and No. 2 Court , was also host to the tennis competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics

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The Field (magazine)
THE FIELD is the world's oldest country and field sports magazine , having been published continuously since 1853. Its current publisher is Time Inc. UK
Time Inc. UK
. The famous sportsman Robert Smith Surtees , the creator of Jorrocks , was the driving force behind the initial publication. He saw a gap in the market for illustrated sporting literature, at a time when the rising wealth and leisure of the new Victorian industrialists and their offspring swelled a ready market for gentleman’s literature. He envisaged a paper for sportsmen, landowners and farmers, as well as the haut ton, that gave the readers an overview of all that was important, including the unusual and eccentric. It was an instant success under the auspices of its first editor Mark Lemon
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Croquet
CROQUET is a sport that involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops (often called "wickets" in the United States) embedded in a grass playing court. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Captain Moreton\'s Eglinton Castle * 2 Competitive variations * 3 Pronunciation * 4 Variations * 4.1 Association * 4.2 Golf
Golf
* 4.3 Garden * 4.4 American six-wicket * 4.5 Nine-wicket * 4.6 Ricochet * 5 Glossary of terms * 6 In art and literature * 7 In politics * 8 Clubs * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links HISTORY _ Paille-maille (pall-mall) illustrated in Old English Sports, Pastimes and Customs_, published 1891. Original image by Lauthier, 1717 The oldest document to bear the word _croquet_ with a description of the modern game is the set of rules registered by Isaac Spratt in November 1856 with the Stationers' Company in London
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Lawn Tennis
TENNIS is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles ) or between two teams of two players each (doubles ). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court . The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will. Tennis
Tennis
is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users . The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham
Birmingham
, England
England
, in the late 19th century as "LAWN TENNIS"
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