Why is there a pineapple on the top of the Wimbledon trophy?

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WINNING Wimbledon is one of the greatest feats a tennis player can achieve – and what makes it extra special is seeing that golden pineapple on top.

Each year the All England Club hosts two weeks of fantastic competition, with the victor of the men’s event lifting the extravagant Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy.

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Why does the Wimbledon trophy have a pineapple?

YOU may have noticed that on top of the trophy is a miniature gold pineapple. 

Standing 18 inches tall, the inscription on the cup reads ‘The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World’.

The Champions receive a three-quarter size replica of the cup instead of the real thing, which is kept at SW19 throughout the year.

It was first presented in 1887 and now features a silver plinth around the bottom which includes inscriptions of past winners.

Nobody is one-hundred percent sure why the trophy features the pineapple.

A spokesperson for the Wimbledon Museum revealed their theory: “In the 17th century pineapples were impossible to grow in the UK and they had to be imported, so being presented with one at a feast was seen as a great compliment.

“You might have seen pineapples being used on gateposts of stately homes as you travel around the UK. It’s because of their rarity.”

Who is in this year’s final?

World number one Novak Djokovic will take on the controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios in a final which is shaping up to be a classic.

Kyrgios was scheduled to play Rafael Nadal in the semi-final but the Spanish icon was forced to pull out with an abdominal injury.

Surprisingly, Djokovic has NEVER beaten Kyrgios and the Australian has won by straight sets on both occasions.

What time does this year’s final start and will it be FREE to watch?

The Wimbledon Men’s Final takes place on Sunday, July 10.

It starts at 2pm UK time.

As always, Centre Court is the venue for the match and viewers can stream it FREE on  BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport website.

 

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