16 FUN FACTS ABOUT TENNIS

A collection of interesting lawn tennis facts for you:tennis

  1. Traditionally, women wore full length dresses while playing for the Wimbledon tournament.
  2. Tennis originated in Great Britain.
  3. Arthur Ashe was the first African American to win the US open.
  4. In 1986, yellow tennis balls were used at Wimbledon for the first time.
  5. Henry Austin was the first player ever to wear shorts in 1932 at Wimbledon.
  6. 24 tons of strawberries are ordered each year for the championship at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is also the only major tennis tournament that is still played on grass.
  7. The shortest match in the history of tennis was played between Susan M. Tutt and Marion Bandy. It lasted for about 20 minutes with Susan M. Tutt winning.
  8. Boris Becker was the first unseeded player ever to win the Wimbledon in 1985. He was only 17 years old at the time. He also became the first German and the youngest player to win the title.
  9. In 1917, the US Open was known as the Patriotic Tournament during the World War 1.
  10. The French Open happens to be named after the stadium where it takes place. The stadium is named after Roland Garros who was a World War 1 pilot.
  11. The Open era of lawn tennis started in 1968. French Open was the first Grand Slam to go open.
  12. Venus Williams recorded a serve of 205 km/h and became the fastest server in women’s tennis.
  13. Serena and Venus Williams became the first pair of sisters to win the Olympic gold in tennis.
  14. The strings of the tennis racket were made of cow and sheep guts in the past.
  15. With 24 Grand Slam titles, Margaret Smith holds a record!
  16. The longest match in the history of tennis was played between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. It lasted for about 11 hours.

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