Wimbledon 2016: Having a Ball With Big Data

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 By | juni 27, 2016
juni 27, 2016

It’s June. It’s raining. It must be time for Wimbledon.

But it’s not just 140,000 English strawberries, 10,000 litres of dairy cream, and 25,000 scones that will be consumed during Wimbledon 2016; there’s a whole lot of data that will be consumed too.

The UK’s iconic annual tennis championship attracts a global audience of 1 billion people in 200 countries.* An event of this magnitude is a perfect candidate for mining data and analyzing key trends.

Information Builders pioneered self-service analytics with clear data visualization and in-document analytics: putting useful information into the hands of data consumers, so that they can gain genuinely useful insights from raw data.

We’ve shared some fun big data facts below. Can you spot any trends?

  • Tennis fans spent a record 223.9 million minutes watching Wimbledon in 2015
  • 24.4 million live minutes of tennis were viewed on the final Sunday of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships on WatchESPN
  • BBC viewing figures recorded 29.2 million people watching Wimbledon during a 15-minute period in 2015
  • 54,250 tennis balls will be used during The Championships period at Wimbledon
  • If you’ve ever wondered, ‘how long is a piece of string?’ you may be interested to learn that 2,000 tennis rackets will be strung during Wimbledon Championships, requiring more than 40 miles of string
  • According to previous years’ weather data and the BBC Weather forecast for the week commencing 27th June, it’s highly likely that rain will stop play during at least one of the key matches. But never fear, the roof fitted over Centre Court in 2009 should keep the worst of it at bay. Did you know that 290 million tennis balls could be fitted into Wimbledon Centre Court, with the roof closed?
  • Since records began in 1922, only eight Wimbledon Championship matches managed to escape the British summer downpours. In case this ever comes up in a pub quiz, the driest Wimbledon seasons were enjoyed in 1931; the 1976 heat wave; 1977; 1993; 1995, 2009 (ironically the year that Centre Court’s roof was completed), and 2010
  • As if there wasn’t enough water falling from the sky, Wimbledon visitors will drink 230,000 bottles of water, 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s, and 29,000 bottles of champagne during the Wimbledon tennis championships. No wonder Robinsons, now in its 80th year of sponsoring Wimbledon, has adopted the slogan, #EnjoyMoreWater

Get in touch if you have any of your own fun Wimbledon big data facts to share and look out for more #WimbledonBI data facts from us throughout the tournament.

*(source: http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/atoz/faq_and_facts_and_figures.html)