How came the Wimbledon trophy has a pineapple on top?

Winning Wimbledon is one of a tennis player’s greatest achievements – and what makes it even more special is looking up at the golden pineapple.

Each year the All England Club hosts the prestigious two-week competition, with the winner of the men’s event winning the extraordinary Gentlemen’s Singles trophy.

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Why is there a pineapple in the Wimbledon trophy?

You may have noticed that there is a small gold pineapple on top of the trophy.

18 inches tall, the cup is inscribed ‘The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World’.

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

It was first presented in 1887 and now has a silver plinth around the bottom containing the inscriptions of past winners.

No one is 100 percent sure why there is a pineapple in the trophy.

A Wimbledon Museum spokesperson revealed their theory: “In the 17th century pineapples were impossible to grow in Britain and had to be imported, so serving pineapples at a feast was seen as a great compliment.

“You may have seen pineapples used on the gateposts of stately homes when traveling in Britain. This is due to their rarity.”

How came the Wimbledon trophy has a pineapple on top

Who is in this year’s final?

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

Kyrgios was scheduled to face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, but the Spanish icon had to pull out with an abdominal injury.

Amazingly, Djokovic has never beaten Kyrgios and the Australian has won in straight sets on both occasions.

What time does this year’s final start and is it free to watch?

The Wimbledon men’s final will take place on Sunday, July 10.

It starts at 2pm UK time.

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

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