July 24, 2024

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John Isner’s record for the most number of aces in a single Wimbledon – 214 during 2018 – is safe for another year. The 6ft 8in Frenchman, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, looked a prime candidate to beat it after cranking down 51 aces in his opening match against Sebastian Korda. And he was still on track when he flew past the 100 mark in round three. But the 21-year-old looked notably more tired in his last-16 match against Lorenzo Musetti, and could only manage another 10 in his four-set defeat. Still the Frenchman ends the tournament with an impressive 115 aces – 45 clear of Quentin Halys, who currently sits in second.

Speaking of Mpetshi Perricard, he gave a frosty reaction when asked whether he had voted in the French parliamentary elections on Sunday. “I’m here to play, so I’m not really interested about the election,” he said. “It’s not part of my job to talk about it, so I cannot do. I cannot talk about it.”

The Wimbledon compendium, which is on sale for £20 from the museum, is a treasure trove of facts and memories. Did you know that 63,000 tennis balls are ordered each year? Or that in 2023, 102,000 scones were sold? Last year there were also a record number of servings of strawberries and cream sold – 253,000 to be precise. But that number dwarfs in comparison to the 341,000 glasses of Pimm’s that were sold in total to the 532,000 visitors last year.

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