With more than 1 billion fans and 4th most followed sports, Tennis has its own history. Tennis is the sports, which is ranked on top when coming to single and doubles games. To go deep in the history of sport, we need to go back to the 12th – 13th century. That’s where the tennis was an origin. Walter Wingfield invented the modern tennis in 1873.
The game contains several tournament, with some of them very prestigious. Just a day before French Open was done and dusted in which Rafael Nadal won the record 11th time. In 3 weeks time Wimbledon is due. The other two are the Australian Open and the US Open. All these combined are called as Grand Slam Tournament. Tennis has a massive list of legends played or playing the game. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, William sister’s, Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova and many more to full fill the list. Several players have also caught an eye in tennis.
- Wimbledon is the oldest tournament in the world.
- If a tennis match lasted an hour, the ball would actually be in play for an average of 8 minutes.
- In a 2007 US Open match, Roger Federer went through 105 consecutive points without making an unforced error!
- Only strawberries and cream are allowed in Wimbledon for fans to consume. In 2017, fans consumed 34 tonnes of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream.
- The Surface area of a human lung is equal to a court.
- The longest match in the history of game lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes — The longest tennis match ever played took place at the 2010 tournament. John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days. The final set went for 138 games, with Isner prevailing 70-68.
- As per the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, all players must be dressed entirely in white. Umpires can ask a player to change if they don’t meet the dress code. For example, in 2013, Roger Federer was told to switch his shoes because they had orange soles.
- The person to hold the records for the most Grand Slam singles titles is Margaret Smith Court, with 24.
- Tennis was first played in the Olympics in 1896, and then removed in 1924. In 1988 it was re-added to the Olympics as a real event. Game has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1992.
- Venus Williams and her sister Serena both won Olympic gold medals for tennis. They are the first set of sisters to accomplish this.