Wimbledon’s Mad Merchandise!

Wimbledon fever has been sweeping Britain and beyond this week with Nadal now out of the competition and Great Britain having two men through to the last 32, the competition looks set to be as exciting as ever! Wimbledon may bring some of the year’s best-played tennis but it also brings with it copious amounts of strawberries, Pimms and every piece of merchandise you could think of! Take a look at our pick of this year’s Wimbledon themed gifts fit for any fan of the ultimate grand slam tournament.

Wimbledon Tennis Cushion

Sit back, relax and enjoy the game with this year’s official Wimbledon cushion.

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Tennis Tea Cosy

While you’re sitting back and relaxing, enjoy a good old fashioned pot of tea, and what better to keep it warm than the tennis tea cosy.

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Murray Quotes Mug

Now you have a hot pot of tea ready you can enjoy drinking it in the Andy Murray mug full of quotes that you can shout at the TV to keep him motivated!

Official Wimbledon Towel

Now all that shouting and drinking tea got you hot and flustered you can use the official Wimbledon towel to mop your brow and keep you cool.

Wimbledon Apron

The pot is empty and your stomach is growling, time to throw on the Wimbledon apron and prepare some snacks!

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Wimbledon CD Wallet

The last ball is served and it’s all over, that was some stressful stuff! Time to get some music on to calm you down and there’s no better place to keep your CD’s organised than in the Wimbledon CD wallet!

Wimbledon Grass Scented Candle

The music is on and your starting to relax, the final thing to do is light up your Wimbledon grass scented candle and wind down after a very long day!

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(The World’s) Top 5 Most Amazing Tennis Courts!

The ultimate grand slam tournament is underway this week and this years Wimbledon has been grabbing headlines across the sporting world. To feed your tennis appetite we have hand picked the world’s top five most amazing tennis courts that will take your breath away and are the ultimate dream setting for any tennis player.

1 – The Floating Court Of Qatar

In 2011 a tennis court was erected and could be found floating in the middle of a lagoon in the Persian Gulf. The court was put there especially for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to play a few games on to promote the upcoming ATP World Tour. Although the two tennis players usually avoid wet courts they both said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and luckily neither slipped in!

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2 – Scotland’s Remote Beauty

Nestled amongst the hills of the Scottish Out Hebrides sits a pristine tennis court. Compared to the backdrop of the weathered coastline this court looks almost photoshopped into the picture. A remote beauty and one not to be missed if you are visiting Scotland this summer!

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3 – A Classic In Rhinebeck

A wealthy family living in New York who wanted a sporting pavilion built that they could use commissioned the Rhinebeck court in 1902. The building that the court sits in is magnificent and the facility also houses squash courts, a bowling alley, a shooting range and one of the country’s first indoor residential swimming pools!

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4 – A Court Above The Clouds

In 2005 a helipad 650 feet above the ground on top of Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai was temporarily converted into the world’s highest tennis court. It was done to promote the ATP’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open and was used for a match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi. The court looks amazing balanced over Dubai’s skyline however during the match they did lose a considerable amount of tennis balls!

5 – The First Underwater Tennis Court

Don’t get too excited this hasn’t been built yet however there are plans for this project to get underway after an architect from Poland proposed the idea which could be built just offshore in the Persian Gulf, not too far from where the highest tennis match in the world was played. Part sports arena, part aquarium, the concept calls for a rooftop coral reef, which would bring sea life to the area for spectators to see!

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wimbledon 2015!

Wimbledon 2015 has kicked off with a bang this week, with crowds flocking to the grounds for the first few days of what is expected to be one of the hottest Wimbledon tournaments to date. Londoner’s filled the grounds yesterday hoping for a chance to see Andy Murray play his first match of the tournament and they weren’t left disappointed! In support of the tennis superstar and the hype around this year’s tournament, here are 10 facts that you didn’t know about Wimbledon 2015!

1 – Players will eat around 15,000 bananas this year.

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2 – This year over 50,000 plants were supplied to fill the grounds.

3 – The waiting list to become a member now has around 1000 people on it, dating back many years.

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4 – 230,000 glasses of Pimms will be served during the tournament.

5 – 142,000 portions of English strawberries will be eaten over the two weeks.

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6 – The prize money collected by both the male and female singles Champions will be £1.88 million.

7 – The Wimbledon stringing team will work on approximately 2,000 rackets and 40 miles of racket strings.

8 – Over the fortnight around 54,000 tennis balls will be used.

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9 – 60 of the 350 umpires this year come from abroad.

10 – This year Wimbledon will be broadcast to over 1 billion people in 200 territories.

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Wimbledon parties, BBQ’s and gatherings are going on across the country and beyond over the next two weeks so what are you waiting for? With Shareagift you can save with others and celebrate Wimbledon together!

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Top 5 Outdoor Sports You Must Try This Summer!

The sun is shining; crowds are flocking to Wimbledon for the opening day of the two week Tennis extravaganza and the met office have announced record-breaking temperatures across the UK this week, summer has officially begun! With Wimbledon and the sunny weather in mind we have compiled a list of outdoor sports you must try this summer!

1 – Segway Polo

Segway polo is similar to horse polo except that you ride a Segway rather than playing on horseback. The sport has grown in leaps and bounds, mainly because there is no specific fitness level or age restriction required to play, which means it is accessible to all. The sport is also amazing to watch as you can see in the video below and this year Germany are hosting the official Segway Polo world cup in Cologne from the 16th to the 19th of July.

2 – Quidditch

Quidditch is a sport to come out of the Harry Potter universe and was created in 2005, although it is still quite young it is played across the world and is actively growing. The sport consists of two teams running around on broomsticks. There are essentially two ways to score points; the first is by throwing deflated volleyballs through hoops at either end of the playing field. The other is to catch ‘the snitch’ which is a tennis ball in a sock hanging from the shorts of someone dressed in yellow that runs around the area trying to avoid being caught. Confused? So are we! Have a look at this video for a guide to Quidditch in 2 minutes.

3 – Dragon Boat Racing

Originating in China, dragon boats are human powered watercraft, usually decorated by Chinese patterns with a dragonhead at the front of the boat. Racers usually sit side by side, each with a paddle, with the aim of trying to reach the finish line first. The sport is over 2000 years old however it is only in the past 50 years or so that it has taken off around the world. This year the 12th World Nations Championships will be held in Ontario, Canada.

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4 – Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey originated in England in 1954 as a means to keep people interested in diving through the winter months. Two teams compete to move a puck across the pool floor into the opposing goals at either end with a device called a pusher. The sport is not particularly spectator friendly seeing as the majority of the sport is played underwater. During championships to encourage more spectators they have screens projecting a live underwater feed of the game. For a more extensive overview of the game take a look at the video.

5 – Roller Derby

Roller Derby is a contact sport, which originated in the United States and is growing in popularity across the world. The sport involves two teams of five members skating in the same direction around a track. In order to score points one person from each team is chosen to be the jammer and they earn points by lapping members of the opposing team whilst their own team members try to block the opposing teams jammer.

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