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Google Doodle celebrates The 140th Anniversary of Wimbledon (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 253)
Jul 3, 2017 Sports
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Today's Google Doodle marks the 140th year of the Wimbledon championship. Wimbledon's world-class tennis competition will be back in London this summer from July 3 - July 17 2017. During the high-stakes competition, the world's top athletes compete for the coveted championship cup.

Taking place at the All England Club in South West London since 1877, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It all began with an announcement in the leisure magazine The Field on June 1877 that "The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose to hold a lawn tennis meeting, opening to all amateurs, on Monday July 9th and following days."

The All England Club had been founded solely for the purpose of croquet in 1869 on four acres of rented meadowland at Worple Road, Wimbledon but croquet was rapidly overtaken by the new pastime of tennis.

Wimbledon has drawn crowds since the dawn of professional tennis, way back when players were using handmade wooden rackets. The famous grass courts are perfectly maintained to a neat 8mm depth - an ideal height for fast-moving feet.

The 2017 Wimbledon championship gets under way at the All England Club today. Men and women singles play seven rounds in 32 seeds at the beginning of the tournament, while men's and women' doubles play fewer rounds with 64 pairs of 16 seeds. With so many matches played throughout the week there is non-stop action for the eager spectators.

The tennis tournament attracts over 500,000 attendees for two weeks every year.

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a-ma-teurs

people who do something for fun, unpaid


n.业余

an-nounce

give information, make something public


v.宣布/公布

an-nounce-ment

a public statement or notice


n.公告

ath-letes

persons good at sport


n.运动员

cham-pi-on

one who wins or beats all others


n.冠军

cham-pi-on

winners, or someone or team who is really good at something


n.冠军

cham-pi-on-ship    

a contest to see who is the best in a sport


n.锦标赛/冠军赛

com-pete

able to be as good as others

 


v.竞争

com-pe-ti-tion

a contest to see who is the winner


n.竞争/比赛

cro-quet

a game played on a lawn, in which wooden balls are driven through hoops using mallets


n.门球

fa-mous  

well known


adj.著名

la-yers

sheets or thickness of material


n.层

lei-sure

free time


n.闲暇

match

to be the same as something else


v.匹配

ol-dest

been around for the longest time


adj.最老的

pro-fes-sion-al

a person who does something for a living


n.专业的

rough

having an uneven or irregular surface; not smooth or level


adj.粗暴

stake

to be won or lost


v.赌注

tend

regularly or frequently behave in a particular way or have a certain characteristic


v.趋向

tour-na-ment

a series of games where players try to win the big prize


比赛/竞技