We live in a country that has always shown a promising perspective towards the field of sports, especially cricket. But in recent times, India has done wonders in other sports too. Here are 7 facts about tennis that you might be interested in knowing.
Interesting facts about tennis #1 Tennis balls were originally white
Prior to the introduction of yellow balls in 1986, tennis balls were originally white in colour. Yellow balls were first introduced at Wimbledon open (one of the 4 grand slam tournaments which takes place every year).
2. No need for rackets if you have “palms”
No please don’t get me wrong. I haven’t gone insane or something that. Its just that the game of tennis was originally played with palms before rackets came into existence. It was called “Jeu de Paume”(game of the palm)”.
3.The match that went 3 days
The longest tennis match ever recorded was played in 2010. The match played between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut endured for 11 hours and 5 minutes during the first round of Wimbledon open. It lasted over 3 days as the players were unable to break their respective serves. Isner finally ended it and won this tremendous encounter.
4. 34 minutes to success
The shortest grand slam final took place in 1988 when Steffi Graf defended her French open title in just 34 minutes, beating her opponent by 6-0, 6-0 in the consecutive sets.
5.The fastest serve
The fastest serve in men’s tennis came from the racket of Australian Sam Groth at a speed of 283 km/hr (163.7mph), and that in women’s tennis came from the racket of Sabine Lisicki at 211 km/hr (131 mph).
6.The William’s delight
Venus and Serena William’s are the first set of sister’s to ever win an olympic gold medal in tennis. Not only that, Venus also has one of the fastest recorded serve’s i.e. 205km/hr in women’s tennis. Venus and Serena together have a total of 28 grand slam single’s title.
7.Leading Grand Slam title winner’s
This game of tennis has produced player’s with miraculous abilities from time to time. Among all these , Roger Federer of the modern era tops the list with having won 18 grand slams titles(most by any player in men’s tennis). Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras has won 14 each. In women’s tennis, Serena Williams is getting close to Margaret Courts 24 titles after winning her 7th Australian open in Jan and her 23rd Grand slam title overall.
There are many Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer fans but nobody knows these interesting facts about Tennis.
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