In 1933, Bunny Austin became the first male player to wear a pair of shorts at Wimbledon. He would later say, "I found sweat-sodden cricket flannels were weighing me down, so my tailor ran up some prototype shorts." Austin reached the quarter-final that year but was defeated by Japan's Jiro Satoh.
Gertrude "Gorgeous Gussy" Moran shocked the tennis world in 1949 when she wore lace-trimmed panties under her skirt at Wimbledon. Ted Tinling, a former tennis player who had designed Moran's risqué outfit, was accused of introducing "sin and vulgarity into tennis," but the scandal certainly didn't hurt the club at the box-office. Moran's undergarments were front page news worldwide, and all of this free publicity made the 1949 Wimbledon Championships one of the most talked-about tennis events in history.
Wimbledon is played on grass, an unpredictable surface which forces players to adapt their games somewhat as the ball often bounces in strange ways. Although the grass surface is a long-held Wimbledon tradition, there has been a recent push from some circles to switch to a hard surface as the other grand slam tournaments did in the 1970s.
At 15 years and 285 days, Charlotte "Lottie" Dod is the youngest woman ever to win a singles title at Wimbledon (1887). A multi-sport athlete, Dod also won an Olympic silver medal in archery (1908), as well as the British Ladies Golf Championship (1904).
The No. 2 Court at Wimbledon has earned the nickname "Graveyard of Champions" because so many top-seeded players have been eliminated there by lower ranked opponents. It's victims have included such superstars as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams.