One Direction, selfies, 'marry me?' & sun at Wimbledon

Fans of Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt's supporters were among the most boisterous at Wimbledon on the opening two days

Shameless food selfies, player selfies, marriage proposals and a melting pot of languages - social media captures every ounce of tradition and each new quirk Wimbledon offers.

Those in attendance are so keen to share their experience, it allows the world to sample SW19 virtually through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Never before has an event Britain cherishes been more global in its reach. Even being part of the snaking queue to enter the All England Club is deemed an experience worth sharing, but what else sets this tournament apart?

BBC Sport takes a look.

One place, countless images

Geofedia map of SW19
A search for social media activity at the All England Club shows how eager spectators are to share tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts

A geographical scour of social media activity at SW19 leads to a thick cloud of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook images over the famous location in south west London.

More than 1,000 tweets in the past 24 hours included #thequeue, used by fans lining up for on-the-day tickets.

And this queue is not the place for rowdy argy-bargy, with a 25-page guide to queueing available online, including a code of conduct.

One item of business clearly stated in the rules is...

No selfie sticks

A sign shows selfie sticks are banned

In news that may have annoyed players as much as fans, selfies using selfie sticks will not be happening at Wimbledon in 2015.

Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray have used the devices in the past, but this time only old-school photo gathering will do. It's back to arm's-length snaps or help from passers-by.

We don't need no stick...

Grigor Dimitrov and two female fans
"So this just happened," wrote Michelle Labonia as she and a friend posed with Grigor Dimitrov

In a letter written to his 16-year-old self this week, seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras said: "Luckily, you'll be out of the game before these things called Twitter and Facebook come around. Be thankful for that. One day you'll understand what I mean."

Such is the clamour for a slice of a global tennis superstar, spectator 'Joey Nando' barely found room for herself in a picture with Rafael Nadal, while Abby Rose found some Novak Djokovic-like poise to take a memorable selfie with the defending champion.

The selfie - a term that entered the Oxford Dictionaries Online in 2013 - comes into its own at Wimbledon, and fans are demonstrating almost by the minute that old-school selfie methods will do just fine. No selfie sticks needed here.

Abby Rose (left) grabbed a picture with Novak Djokovic while Joey Nando just about got into shot with Nadal
Abby Rose (left) grabbed a picture with Djokovic while Joey Nando just about got into shot with Nadal

What about tweet what you eat?

A Pimm's and strawberries
Drinking Pimm's and eating strawberries are seemingly two must-have Wimbledon experiences

If any player is photographed more than punnets of strawberries or cups of Pimm's in the next fortnight then he or she has probably had a long run in the tournament.

Rarely does the geographical location of a drink and fruit carry so much significance, but the sheer quantity of images of the two items coming from the leafy corner of London is astonishing.

So what is the ultimate Wimbledon selfie? A picture with Djokovic, while standing in the queue eating strawberries and drinking Pimm's?

Can you taste the Pimm's in Peru?

Trendsmap of Twitter activity on #Wimbledon2015
During the opening day of the tournament, tweets including the hashtag Wimbledon2015 spanned the globe

In less than two days since the start of the tournament, #Wimbledon2015 has been the subject of more than 80,000 tweets. The term 'Wimbledon', meanwhile, has been referenced in more than 500,000 tweets.

The presence of One Direction's Niall Horan did no harm in boosting social media interaction as fans of the boy band shared images of him.

An unusual tennis-themed hairstyle also went round social media with the speed of a Nadal serve.

Niall Horan and a man with a tennis ball hairstyle
Like many, Horan opted for Pimm's while the hairstyle of one fan has drawn attention

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, bye, bye, bye

Lleyton Hewitt's band of followers - The Fanatics - were out in force to wave the 34-year-old off as his last Wimbledon singles campaign ended in defeat by Jarkko Nieminen on Monday.

"Thanks for the memories Rusty," wrote Gareth Fletcher - one of those in attendance - on Instagram.

"The transformation of Lleyton Hewitt from teen brat to mature, grandad-like figure was one of the best recent Aussie sports stories," tweeted Sebastian Hassett from New South Wales.

Leyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt was Wimbledon champion in 2002 but will not play in the singles draw again

Where better to pop the question?

The smell of freshly cut grass, blue sky and spectators creating a welcoming atmosphere - some just get swept along.

Great Britain's Neal Skupski will play in the men's doubles. But he may have already got the nerve-jangling work for the week out of the way by proposing to girlfriend Cambri Prevost on Monday.

As far as memorable selfies go, his Instagram post looks like a keeper.

Neal Skupski
"It's Official!!! Future Mr and Mrs Skupski," wrote Neal Skupski on Twitter as he posted one of the memorable selfies of Wimbledon 2015 so far

The languages of SW19

While Britons may become used to the annual festivities - perhaps even taking them for granted - the volume of languages visible on tweets coming from the All England Club showcase the allure of the event to a foreign audience.

A couple outside centre court
"The most wonderfully British event," one Brazilian visitor wrote on Instagram.
A fan arrives after a long wait at Wimbledon
"I'm in! Total time spent waiting in the queue 6:20," wrote one fan in Russian on his Instagram account.

Up to 28,500 spectators are inside the grounds at any time, meaning the total for a scheduled 13 days of play will push 400,000.

And the tournament spills out into the wider community as public transport gets worked that bit harder, as do the hinges on local deckchairs if the sun continues to shine.

A high street has a Wimbledon big screen to watch
"The advantage of the lunch breaks when you work at Wimbledon," wrote Ludivine in French on Instagram.
Henman Hill
"Day 147: the longest day of the year (and one of the hottest , at least in London)", wrote Serafin Alvarez in Spanish on Instagram
Paul Milazzo takes picture of a sign advertising showers
If things get a bit clammy, anyone facing a long journey home can at least freshen up at a price

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