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INTRODUCTION

This page looks at the Wimbledon men's tennis tournament in the Open era which began in 1968.

Charts

1.  Country of birth of Men's Wimbledon Winners 1968 - 2019

2. Average Height of Men's Wimbledon Semi-Finalists by Year 1968 - 2019

3. Wimbledon Champions by Percentage of Games Won During Tournament

Data Table

4. Men's Wimbledon Champions 1968 - 2018 by Nationality, Height and Percentage of Games and Sets Won 

Swiss player Roger Federer has won Wimbledon a record 8 times. 

Photo by Robbie Dale

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For most of history, professional tennis has been almost exclusively played in rich western countries. Being the largest western country by far, the USA has expectedly produced the most Wimbledon winners with 15, with Pete Sampras being the most successful American at Wimbledon with 7 titles. The next country is Switzerland with 8. These have been won entirely by a single player, Roger Federer. Sweden is next with 7 titles – 5 by Björn Borg and 2 by Stefan Edberg. Eastern European players have been coming into the game at a high level from the 80s onwards with Ivan Lendl and Novak Djokovic being the most prominent. Djokovic, from Serbia, has 4 titles while Lendl never won Wimbledon.

German player Boris Becker won Wimbledon 3 times. He first won in 1986, a year which marked the beginning of an era of tall statured players dominating the event. 

Photo by James Marvin Phelps

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The graph looks at the average height of the 4 Wimbledon semi-finalists each year in the Open era from 1968 - 2019.

 

Prior to 1986, the average height of the 4 Wimbledon semi-finalists was always under 184 cm. When the 191 cm tall Boris Becker won in 1985, this marked the beginning of an era of dominance by tall players. Between 1986 and 1998, the average height of the 4 semi-finalists was always over 184 cm, usually over 187 cm and often over 190 cm. And between 1985 and 2001, 4 different players taller than 190 cm won the Wimbledon title with the 196 cm tall Richard Krajicek being the tallest ever Wimbledon winner in 1996.

 

From the end of the 90s to the late 00s, relatively shorter players dominated Wimbledon. This shift occurred even though the actual titles in these periods tended to be won by two 185 cm tall players, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. The graph would seem to indicate that Sampras was generally facing and beating taller players than himself in the latter stages while Federer was usually facing opponents of similar of shorter stature than himself. 

 

Recently however, things have changed and dominance of tall players has returned. Although, there's only been 1 champion over 190 cm tall (Andy Murray) in the last 10 years, the average of the 4 semi-finalists has become even taller than in period from the mid 80s to late 90s. 

4. Men's Wimbledon Champions 1968 - 2018 by Nationality, Height and Percentage of Games and Sets Won 
Year
Champion
Country
Height (m)
Percentage of Games Won
Percentage of Sets Won
1968
Rod Laver
Australia
1.73
60.89
80.77
1969
Rod Laver
Australia
1.73
61.45
77.78
1970
John Newcombe
Australia
1.83
61.42
84
1971
John Newcombe
Australia
1.83
61.21
87.5
1972
Stan Smith
USA
1.93
59.25
80.77
1973
Jan Kode
Czechoslovakia
1.75
58.70
77.78
1974
Jimmy Connors
USA
1.78
60.52
75
1975
Arthur Ashe
USA
1.85
67.32
77.78
1976
Bjorn Borg
Sweden
1.8
65.52
100
1977
Bjorn Borg
Sweden
1.8
58.48
77.78
1978
Bjorn Borg
Sweden
1.8
61.28
87.5
1979
Bjorn Borg
Sweden
1.8
59.84
77.78
1980
Bjorn Borg
Sweden
1.8
61.38
84
1981
John McEnroe
USA
1.8
62.31
87.5
1982
Jimmy Connors
USA
1.78
63.03
84
1983
John McEnroe
USA
1.8
63.85
95.45
1984
John McEnroe
USA
1.8
68.02
95.45
1985
Boris Becker
West Germany
1.91
56.85
72.41
1986
Boris Becker
West Germany
1.91
61.78
91.3
1987
Pat Cash
Australia
1.83
63.33
95.45
1988
Stefan Edberg
Sweden
1.88
56.36
75
1989
Boris Becker
West Germany
1.91
61.57
91.3
1990
Stefan Edberg
Sweden
1.88
62.45
80.77
1991
Michael Stich
Germany
1.93
57.20
80.77
1992
Andre Agassi
USA
1.8
58.43
77.78
1993
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
58.80
84
1994
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
63.21
95.45
1995
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
59.48
77.78
1996
Richard Krajicek
Netherlands
1.96
61.16
95.45
1997
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
62.71
87.5
1998
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
58.23
87.5
1999
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
60.71
90
2000
Pete Sampras
USA
1.85
58.80
84
2001
Goran Ivanisevic
Croatia
1.93
53.51
75
2002
Lleyton Hewitt
Australia
1.78
64.06
91.3
2003
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
62.67
95.45
2004
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
64.38
91.30
2005
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
61.88
95.45
2006
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
66.34
95.45
2007
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
60.00
85.71
2008
Rafael Nadal
Spain
1.85
60.24
91.3
2009
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
58.24
87.5
2010
Rafael Nadal
Spain
1.85
60.00
80.77
2011
Novak Djokovic
Serbia
1.88
61.47
84
2012
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
63.56
80.77
2013
Andy Murray
UK
1.91
60.25
87.5
2014
Novak Djokovic
Serbia
1.88
57.97
77.78
2015
Novak Djokovic
Serbia
1.88
59.51
87.5
2016
Andy Murray
UK
1.91
63.30
91.3
2017
Roger Federer
Switzerland
1.85
60.24
100
2018
Novak Djokovic
Serbia
1.88
62.71
84
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