Awards Spotlight: The Wimbledon Challenge Cup

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like a baseline rally between two titans. Nothing like the ball coming off of a racquet at near one-hundred miles per hour. Nothing like a lunging volley that results in winning a match, we think it’s exhilarating to watch a competition in one of the western world’s oldest sports.

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A short flight across the pond will land you on the grass of tennis’ most hallowed courts. Wimbledon, located in London, England is the most famous single event in all of tennis. Legends of the sport have played there for over a century, many raising The Challenge Cup above their heads in victory. The likes of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and hundreds before them have competed for a chance to hold the cup in all the glory of tennis’ biggest stage.

 

Since 1883, men have competed to be the champion of the Wimbledon tournament. Since 1888 The Challenge Cup has been presented to the winner. Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments is different from all other major tennis tournaments for one very important reason– It’s played on grass. Tennis courts are typically either hard surfaces or sometimes, clay. Grass is a much different surface, easily eroded by the player and affecting the bounce of the ball much differently.

 

Partially due to the novelty of the venue and partially due to the fabled history of the tournament, it’s estimated that Wimbledon attracts nearly half of a million global visitors during the competition.

 

The Challenge Cup stands eighteen inches high and is almost eight inches in diameter at its widest point. It’s made of silver gilt and is inscribed with the phrase “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World.” Winners of the cup aren’t allowed to take it home and only hold the trophy for a few minutes. They are instead given a three-quarter-size replica to keep.

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At Spike’s Trophies, we celebrate the things worth celebrating. Whether it’s the greatest championship in tennis or just the office softball championship. Whether it’s Wimbledon’s Challenge Cup or an intramural sport trophy for your team in Delaware. So if you need a custom trophy for your New Jersey Sport’s team or a sport trophy for your team in Delaware, you can count on us.