Tennis Fans, Here’s a Fun Trivia about Your Favorite Sport
A game was played in the 12th century in France that resembled present day tennis. The history of modern tennis is relatively short, the first Tennis match was played in Birmingham, England somewhere between 1859 and 1864.
It was still not Tennis until a Londoner called Major Walter Wingfield invented a game by the name of Sphairistikè (Greek for “playing ball”) in 1870s which later evolved into Tennis.
Looking into Tennis history
In the past, tennis was only played by royal family members. By princes and princesses of the dynasties. Nowadays, it is an entertaining sport that can be played and enjoyed by anybody. The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in the year 1877 for under 18 and men only. Of the 22 competing players, the championship was won by Spencer Gore. Helen Wills was the first woman of American descent to play tennis and win the French Open in the year 1928. In the year 1917 during World War I, the US open was called the Patriotic Tournament.
The men’s singles Wimbledon championship of the year 1936 was won by British tennis player Fred Perry. This was the last tennis victory in this category for the Britishers. The US attained a remarkable position in Tennis when Arthur Ashe won the men’s singles and Virginia Wade won the title of Women’s singles in the year 1968.
Here are some unknown facts, a fun Trivia about Tennis:
It was known as Tennis in Britain. But it was introduced in the Global market as lawn tennis in late 19th century. Since then, this fun-filled variant of sport has brought enjoyment to men and women of all ages. Tennis is incredibly popular around the world. From kids to adults everyone is a fan of Tennis.
Do you know that:
➢ This Olympic sport boasts over 70 million players all across the world.
➢ The first Wimbledon tournament held in 1877.
➢ The oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon, required all players to wear white athletic apparel or athletic uniforms. Wimbledon is the only tournament worldwide with a common dress code for all players.
➢ A tennis ball is made of leather stuffed with wool or hair. The yellow balls we know today did not come into being until 1986. Only after 1986 was the trend of playing with yellow balls became popular.
➢ Tennis was played as an official Olympic sport in 1896. Later in 1924 it was removed from the Olympic Games listing due to some issues. However, it was again added in the list in 1988.
➢ Before the use of rackets, tennis players used their open palms/hands to hit the ball back and forth!
Here comes some trivia on Tennis players:
➢ A lot of people have the question whether underhand serves are legal. They are. However, it’s rare to see them in actual matches. In a French Open final, Michael Chang beat Ivan Lendl using underhand serves.
➢ Wild card entries are the dark horses. Goran Ivanišević: 2001 was the only wild card entrant to have won Wimbledon.
➢ Steffi Graf was the only tennis player to win each of the four grand slam events at least four times.
➢ Martina Hingis: Winner in 1997 at 16 years of age is the youngest winner of a Ladies Singles title in the Open Era.
➢ The most mysterious Tennis facts trivia is that no one knows the reason why a “0” is called Love. The longest recorded tennis match was played in between Arnaud Clement and Fabrice Santoro lasted for 6 hours – 33 minutes.
➢ In the year 1927, stadium authorities offered the tennis authorities a land of 3 hectares to play tennis if they named the stadium after the French World War 1 Pilot – Roland Garros.
➢ Major Walter Clopton Wingfield played his game of lawn tennis, or sphairistikè as he called it, in 1874 in Wales. He excelled at marketing his game by sending a boxed set complete with the rules, a net, balls, poles, and rackets across the world. Over 1000 sets went out in the first year.
A quick rundown of the Important facts
- The length of the tennis court is about 78 feet.
- The Grand-slam, Australian-Open took place in Melbourne.
- The highest paying tennis tournament in the world is the US Open.
- Rafael Nadal is currently No.1 in men’s single Tennis, Roger Federer is No. 2 and Novak Djokovic is No.3.
- In women’s single Tennis, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are the two most prominent and recognizable names.
So did you like the trivia? Write in the comments what you think about Tennis. Which players you like the most and why.