Fans may notice a pineapple on top of the Wimbledon trophy when it is handed out to either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic today.After two thrillin
Fans may notice a pineapple on top of the Wimbledon trophy when it is handed out to either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic today.
After two thrilling weeks of world-class tennis, the winner of the men’s final will lift the coveted Challenge Cup this afternoon.
This year marks the 142nd Wimbledon Championship and the 132nd year since the iconic trophy was first awarded.
Unfortunately for Wimbledon champions, the cup belongs to the All England Club and they get a smaller replica to take home instead of the actual trophy.
But what about the pineapple sitting on top? A Wimbledon spokesperson was on hand to provide an explanation.
“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,” they told Express Sport.
“You might have seen pineapples being used on gateposts of stately homes as you travel around the UK. It’s because of their rarity.”
So, there you have it, the pineapple is on the trophy to reflect its value due to its historic rarity in these climes.
The trophy bears the inscription ‘All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World’.
It stands at 18 inches (46cm) tall and has a diameter of 7.5 inches (19cm).
Below each handle there is a head wearing a winged helmet and decorative borders boasting exquisite floral patterns.
The name of the latest Wimbledon champion is engraved onto the historic trophy every year.
In 2015, Wimbledon engraver Emmet Smith said it was a “massive privilege” to handle a prize with so much heritage.
He said: “It is incredible to think that those same handles have been held by legendary champions such as Spencer Gore, William Renshaw, Jean Borotra, Fred Perry, Rene Lacoste, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.”
Smith admits that the job gets more difficult with every passing year.
He added: “The names and dates of the champions are engraved around the bowl, but as it tapers down, there is less space and players’ names seem to get longer.”