Wimbledon: How much energy can tennis pros generate?

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts.

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 switched to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only grand slam tournament that is still played on grass.

There’s a lot of energy generated at Wimbledon, from crowds cheering in the stands to the tennis pros on the court burning a hefty amount of calories.

In fact, both men’s finalists will burn more than 2100 calories on average, an energy output of over 2.50kWh.

So what could this energy achieve if it was used to power your electronics and household appliances?

A year of using your computer or laptop racks up a fair amount of electricity, especially if you’re using your system for both work and entertainment.

On average your laptop computer uses between 50W – 100W when in use. Harness the power of 7 men’s finals and you would have enough energy to power your laptop for a year!


LED light bulbs can last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours, or up to five times longer than traditional bulbs on the market.

Just 5 men’s finals could keep an LED lightbulb shining for more than 2 years.


The women’s final generates more than 1.50kWh, which is enough to keep your iPad charged for a whole year.


A regular sized microwave will use between 600W to 1700W depending on the model. To keep the microwave powered for a year, it would require energy from 70 men’s finals!


Time to turn up the power! An entire singles tournament at Wimbledon comprises of 127 matches. So, if you took the energy from every Wimbledon men’s game, you would have enough energy to power your fridge, vacuum cleaner and TV for an entire year.


The great thing about manpower is that we’re not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun. Of all the renewable fuels, it is unlikely that any is more sustainable than our own bodies.

Self-powering gym workstations are currently one way the human body can help produce electricity.

Technologies such as this will not save the world’s energy crises anytime soon, but they remain a foundation for generating clean energy in the future.



Also read: The power produced by runners competing in the London Marathon




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