Wimbledon is the oldest, and probably the most prestigious, tennis tournament in the sporting calendar. Fiercely contested for over two weeks in late June, early July and played at the All England Club on outdoor grass courts, Wimbledon has five major trophies up for grabs.
The Gentleman’s Singles Trophy was first competed for in 1887. After William Renshaw won the gentleman’s singles title three times in a row for the second time, it was decided that a new trophy would be commissioned, but would never be owned by any future three-times winner. Standing 18 inches tall with a diameter of 7.5 inches, the silver gilt trophy is engraved with all the champions’ names. A plinth has since been added to accommodate future engravings.
The Ladies’ Singles Trophy was first played for in 1886. Named the Venus Rosewater Dish, it is made from sterling silver and its diameter is 18.75 inches. The trophy is engraved with mythical figures and is highly ornate.
Three other titles are competed for at the Wimbledon tournament: the Gentleman’s Doubles, the Ladies Doubles and the Mixed Doubles. The winning teams are presented with silver challenge cups for the Gentleman’s and Mixed titles, and The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup for the Ladies title. Each of the five original engraved awards are on display for several months at the All England Club Museum in Wimbledon, with the champions receiving engraved replicas bearing the dates and names of all past winners.
Here at H Cooper Glass Engravers we have a wide range of beautiful glass and crystal awards and trophies perfect for presenting to future sporting champions.