Why Wimbledon Championships Men’s Trophy Has a Pineapple at the Top?

Published 07/11/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the men’s singles final match against Andy Roddick of USA on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


The Wimbledon Championships is one of the most sacred sporting events in the calendar year. There are many peculiar aspects of this competition that stand out and with the years gone by have become a tradition. It is the oldest tournament and was founded in the year 1877.

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At the Wimbledon Championships, the winner in the gentlemen’s draw is given a trophy. This trophy has one of the most unique designs. One of the most notable features of the trophy is that it has a pineapple adorning at the top. The actual reason is not known but when this event began in the latter half of the 19th century, pineapples were considered scarce and absolute food.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen’s Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Trophy at Wimbledon Championships has history

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The trophy is made of silver and it stands at 18 inches (46cm) high. ‘The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World’ is carved on it. The names of all winners, right from the first edition in 1877, are inscribed on the trophy.

However, due to lack of space, the champions since 2009 are observed on a black base along with a silver ornamented band that now comes along with the cup. Right from the 1949 edition, all champions have received a replica of the trophy to possess.

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies as they walk off Centre Court after the Men’s Singles Final during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England.

At the moment, it’s time for the men’s singles final of the Wimbledon Championships. The exciting encounter is going to take place between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. The Serb is looking forward to lifting his third Grand Slam title of the season.

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On the other hand, Berrettini has reached his first-ever Grand Slam final. He has come into this stage of the tournament in fine form, winning the title in Queen’s the week before the Championships began. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top of this duel.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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