So you think you know tennis, do you? Perhaps you may know who the top players are these days, and know a reasonable amount of history about specific tournaments and the like, but these 10 interesting records and facts about tennis should definitely add to your repertoire of professional tennis know-how:
1. Longest Match –
You may know this one due to its recent occurrence, but in 2010 a first round Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut endured for 11 hours and 5 minutes. It lasted over three full days as the players struggled to break their tremendous respective serves. Isner finally won the exhausting battle.
2. Shortest Match –
1922 Wimbledon Final
Shortest Match – The shortest match occurred nearly 100 years ago at the 1922 Wimbledon Final, where Suzanne Lenglen (a tremendous athlete who won 8 Majors) dispatched of Molla Mallory (a star in her own right with 8 US Open titles) in just 23 minutes! Mallory actually took two games in the first set, but ultimately was disposed of rather quickly!
3. Fastest ATP Serve –
Though he hasn’t had much success on the ATP Tour, Samuel Groth has one heck of a serve, setting the serve speed record in 2012, registering at 163.4 mph.
4. Fastest WTA Serve –
Sabine Lisicki claimed the fastest serve for women in 2014 at the Bank of the West Classic, clocked at 131 mph, which is better than most men!
5. ATP & WTA Hard Court Titles –
Andre Agassi & Chris Evert
Andre Agassi was the king of the hard court, collecting 40 outdoor hard court titles. For women, Chris Evert claimed 53!
6. ATP & WTA Clay Court Titles –
Guillermo Vilas & Chris Evert
Surprisingly, it’s Guillermo Vilas, the Argentinean who won 47 clay court tournaments. Rafael Nadal, the current king of clay, could possibly break this record one day… For the women, it was Evert again, claiming 66 clay titles, making her the most dominant tennis player on both hard and clay court!
7. ATP & WTA Most Single’s Titles –
Jimmy Connors & Martina Navratilova
American Jimmy Connors won 109 singles titles in his incredible career, which included 8 Majors. For women, Martina Navratilova was the all-time champ with 167 singles titles!
8. Most Double’s Titles –
Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan & Martina Navratilova
Mike Bryan has bested his twin brother Bob by 2 titles, having 107 in total, though that figure continues to grow each year! For women, it was Navratilova again, with 177. Her grand total of 344 titles is over 100 more than anyone!
9. Oldest Players –
Ivo Karlovic & Kimiko Date-Krumn
Ivo Karlovic is currently the oldest man in professional tennis at age 36. He also happens to be the biggest, standing tall at 6’11”. For women, it’s the Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumn, 44 years old! She retired back in 1996 only to come back in 2008, and she can still play!
10. How to Sit Center Court –
Tennis Ticket Buying Tip
Obviously, dishing out the cash for center court seats is the best way to go, and Championship Tennis Tours can help you claim such great seats. However, another way to get the best seats is to get tickets for the lower level (so you can bypass lower-level security) and then scoot over to the open spots. Obviously this works best when you’re by yourself or with just one other person. Also, remember to be courteous and give up the seat if the rightful owner comes down!
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