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Monday marks the first day of the 129th annual Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, in London, England.

With the grand prize of being a Grand Slam champion and obtaining 1,880,000 Pounds (approximately 2,465,400 U.S. Dollars), the best tennis players from around the world come to compete for the high honor.

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Serena Williams, one of tennis greatest female players to ever live, currently has 20 Grand Slam titles under her belt, with the most recent being from the 2015 French Open in early June. Only two championships away from Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slams won, Williams will have to battle against renowned players; Lucie Sararova, Maria Sharapova, and most recent winner, Petra Kvitova, for her 21st win.

As the oldest tennis tournament in the world, the most prestigious names in the game have won the title; such as, Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, Andre Agassi, Serena and Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Arthur Ashe, and more.

First played in 1887, The Wimbledon Tennis Tournament has been held at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London suburbs of Wimbledon. The venue is the only Grand Slam tournament with a grass court. The thin surface of grass causes balls to bounce lower, making the return stroke more difficult for players.

Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, following the French and Australian Open, and preceding the US Open in Flushing, Queens. 

The last time a British person won the Wimbledon tournament was in 1977.

Visitors are led in to the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, 2015 in London, England.
Visitors are led in to the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, 2015 in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon starts today and will run for two weeks. 
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia trains on day one of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, 2015 in London, England.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia trains on day one of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, 2015 in London, England.
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Australia's Lleyton Hewitt serves to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen during their men's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt serves to Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen during their men’s singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. 
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Players practice on the first day's play at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 29, 2015. (Photo by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)
Players practice on the first day’s play at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 29, 2015.
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Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point during the women's singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, June 29, 2015.
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point during the women’s singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, June 29, 2015.
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Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan (foreground) serves during her match against Flavia Pennetta of Italy as Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia looks on during her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 29, 2015
Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan (foreground) serves during her match against Flavia Pennetta of Italy as Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia looks on during her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 29, 2015.
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic's training partner serves to him during a practice session on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty)
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic’s training partner serves to him during a practice session on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.
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A groundsman paints a line on Centre Court on day 1 of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty)
A groundsman paints a line on Centre Court on day 1 of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 29, 2015 in London, England.
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