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Last Updated: Wednesday June 11 2008 16:24 GMT

In pictures: Wimbledon past and present

The first Wimbledon championships were held in 1877. These women played in the first ladies' final in 1884

The first Wimbledon championships were held way back in 1877. These women played in the first ladies' final in 1884.

French player Suzanne Lenglen in action. Check out those socks!

French player Suzanne Lenglen in action. Check out those socks!

There was no Wimbledon tournament during each of the World Wars

There was no Wimbledon tournament during each of the World Wars.

Fred Perry was the last Brit to win the men's contest in 1936

Fred Perry was the last Brit to win the men's contest in 1936.

The last British woman to win the singles was Virginia Wade in the Queen's Silver Jubilee year, 1977

The last British woman to win the singles was Virginia Wade in the Queen's Silver Jubilee year, 1977.

John McEnroe's more famous as a commentator these days, but he had a bad temper in his tennis days. Nice headband!

John McEnroe's more famous as a commentator these days, but he had a bad temper in his tennis days. Nice headband!

German Boris Becker was just 17 when he lifted the trophy in 1985

German Boris Becker was just 17 when he first lifted the trophy in 1985.

Martina Navratilova won the singles a record nine times

Martina Navratilova has won the women's singles competition a record nine times.

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras won the Wimbledon tournament seven times, between 1993 and 2000.

Roger Federer

World number one Roger Federer is the reigning men's Wimbledon champ. He's hoping to win the tournament for a record-breaking sixth time in a row this year!

Maria Sharapova

Russian teenager Maria Sharapova won her first Wimbledon title in 2004, beating favourite Serena Williams.

Serena Williams in 2003 and Venus Williams in 2007

Serena won in 2002 and 2003, but look how pleased her sister Venus was in 2007 when she got her hands on the women's trophy for a fourth time. Can she keep hold of it in 2008?