Wimbledon is considered the world's premier tennis tournament and the priority of the Club is to maintain its leadership.
To that end a long-term plan was unveiled in 1993, intended to improve the quality of the event for spectators, players, officials and neighbours.
Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.
Since the Australian Open shifted to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass.
In spring 1877, the club was renamed "The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club" and signalled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship.
A new code of laws, replacing the code administered by the Marylebone Cricket Club, was drawn up for the event.
However, in 1980 four new courts were brought into commission on the north side of the ground, which meant the Centre Court was once more correctly described. However, for sentimental reasons it was restored in 1899.
Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage.
In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.
In 1876, lawn tennis, a game devised by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier as an outdoor version of court tennis and originally given the name Sphairistikè, was added to the activities of the club.
Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles events were added in 1913.
Until 1922, the reigning champion had to play only in the final, against whomever had won through to challenge him/her.