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The tournament at Wimbledon is often considered "the best" of the four majors. For me, it pales next to the French Open, for I prefer to watch clay court tennis over grass court tennis any day (and I certainly prefer Paris over London). Wimbledon is built on mythology about tradition, some of which is pleasant. I enjoy seeing the players in their tennis whites once a year, and I also enjoy seeing the sometimes unusual and more formal fashions of the linespeople.
However, "tradition" is also used--and not just during Wimbledon--as a way to cling to less-than-progressive values. "Tradition" kept the All England Club from giving women equal prize money for decades (and Wimbledon officials wouldn't hear of women playing five sets). "Tradition" is why the umpires refuse to acknowledge (and consequently make several errors) the more equality-based U.S. honorifics . And "tradition" still permits the British press to write garbage that is so sexist, it actually makes the U.S. press look good.
Still, as someone of British heritage, I have a certain appreciation of Wimbledon. It was on English television, during Wimbledon, that I first saw Evonne Goolagong, and at that moment, I became a tennis fan. I also have a strong appreciation of Katharine, Duchess of Kent; she was, I suppose, my favorite Wimbledon tradition, and the tournament just isn't the same without her. She genuinely cared about the players, and she is the person I wish had inducted Jana Novotna into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Another thing I like about Wimbledon is the presence of Virginia Wade. For the last two years, Wade has served as a commentator for Wimbledon Live, but now that Wimbledon Live is no longer available in the U.S., I will have to be content with listening to her on Radio Wimbledon.
I don't know if it's still being done, but my favorite new Wimbledon tradition was the donation of used Wimbledon tennis balls to The Wildlife Trust so that harvest mice could have nests.