All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club,[2] also known as the All England Club,[3] 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.

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
NicknameAll England Club
Established23 July 1868; 153 years ago (1868-07-23)
Legal statusPrivate company limited by guarantee
HeadquartersChurch Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE
Location
  • England
Coordinates
Membership (2017[1])
565[1]
Patron
The Duchess of Cambridge
Chief Executive
Sally Bolton
Chair of the Board
Ian Hewitt
Sally Ambrose, Richard Baker, Anne Keothavong Bretherton, The Lord O'Donnell, Kevin Havelock, Tim Henman, Debbie Jevans, Simon Jones, Richard Stoakes, Ashley Tatum, The Hon Henry Weatherill.
Formerly called
All England Croquet Club
All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club

The club has 375 full members, about 100 temporary playing members, and a number of honorary members. 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. Honorary members are elected from time to time by the club's committee. Membership carries with it the right to purchase two tickets for each day of the Wimbledon Championships. In addition to this all champions are invited to become members.[4]

The patron of the club is The Duchess of Cambridge.[5]


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