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20+ Interesting, Fun and Worth-Knowing Facts About Tennis

What is interesting in tennis? Well, everything!

Tennis is a racket sport with a fascinating history. Even today, the sport is a gift that keeps on giving.

Here are some of the most interesting tennis facts.

  • The word “tennis” originated from an Anglo-Norman term “tenez” which means “to take heed.”
  • Tennis was used to be played using the palm. Thus, it was called “jeu de paume” or game of the palm. The racquet was first used in the 16th century.
  • Players can only wear white tennis wear, but in the 1960s to 1970s, colours and styles were introduced. When it was played Great Britain originally, men wore long white flannels while women wore whalebone corsets paired with starched petticoats.
  • The oldest tennis court, the Royal Tennis Court found at Hampton Court Palace, was still used today. The court was Henry VIII’s favourite court for playing tennis. It was built from 1526 to 1529.
  • Tennis courts have initially been in hourglass shape before the standard rectangular court was adapted.
  • Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament. It was first Lawn tennis, which later became simply tennis, was originally played on grass courts. Today, Wimbledon is the only major tournament played on grass cut at precisely 8 mm height during the tournament.
  • The Open era began in 1968, and the French Open was the first tournament to be played.
  • The term “love” in tennis’s scoring system originated from the word “l’oeuf,” a French term that means “egg.” Its shape resembles zero on the scoreboard.
  • In tennis, when the ball hits any body part of the opponent or his or her clothing, the point is awarded to the opponent. The rule is also upheld if the ball went outside.
  • Tennis balls are either yellow or green, but for some, it is greenish-yellow or yellowish-green. In1986, yellow tennis balls were used for the first time at Wimbledon.
  • Tennis balls were originally a ball of rubber covered with white flannel. JM Heathcote, a real tennis player, developed that design.
  • Today, the tennis ball must weigh from 56 to 59.4 grams while the length of tennis racquet must be 29 inches.
  • Every year, about 54,250 tennis balls were used during Wimbledon.
  • The longest tennis match, which John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played, took 11 hours and 5 minutes; Isner won the game.
  • The shortest Wimbledon match was played for 34 minutes. It was between Steffi Graf and Natasha Zvereva in 1988 where Graf triumphed 6-0, 6-0.
  • Tennis was reintroduced into the Olympics in 1988. The sport was first introduced in 1986 but was removed in 1924.
  • Men’s winners are given the golden cup while women’s winners are given the salver.
  • Sam Groth, an Australian, is the fastest server in men’s tennis at 263.44 km/h while Sabine Lisicki, a German, holds the record for the fastest women server with 211 km/h.
  • Arthur Ashe won the US Open for the first time in 1968; he was the first African American to do so.
  • Venus and Serena Williams were the first sisters ever to win Olympic gold medals.
  • Roger Federer holds the highest career prize money at $93.4 million as of June 2019.
  • Tennis grunt is a thing, and Maria Sharapova holds the record for the loudest grunt at 105 decibels.
  • A Harris hawk was stationed at every Wimbledon match to help in keeping the sky clear from any local pigeons. His name is Rufus. Rufus has a Twitter account with more than 5,000 followers.

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How Ridiculous Tennis Bad Boy Nick Kyrgios Can Get? This Is HOW

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Nick Kyrgios.

The name itself conjures ugly sights and memories—perhaps the ugliest moments in tennis.

Who is Nick Kyrgios?

Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is an Australian tennis player who turned pro in 2012. Kyrgios reached his highest ranking in October 2016 at No. 13. He was the highest-ranked Australian player men’s tennis singles. 

Kyrgios is the third player to upset Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic the first time he played against each. 

An admittedly aggressive player on the court, Kyrgios has six career titles.

While fans adored him for his character, it is also the same reason why spectators and the media loathe Kyrgios.

He has a reputation for being hot-tempered, but these are some of the most ridiculous things he did so far.

Threw a chair onto the court

In May 2019, after a losing match against Casper Ruud at the Italian Open, Kyrgios threw a fit quite literally. 

He smashed his racket, kicked a water bottle, threw the chair, and shouted at the spectators. He did all these after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on him.

Kyrgios was disqualified and fined $25,000.

Picked a fight with Stan Wawrinka

One for the books, Kyrgios told Wawrinka that his friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis banged his girlfriend during their 2015 Rogers Cup match. 

He was even heard saying that Wawrinka was “banging 18-year-olds.”

Kyrgios was fined ($13,127) and given penalties ($32,818). He was also banned at the ATP tours for 28 days. 

He said that he already apologized. But Wawrinka denied any apols from Kyrgios.

Admitted tanking at least eight tournaments

Kyrgios has always been accused of tanking or deliberately playing less of his abilities since 2015. He usually does so when his opponent was not that popular. He was even booed for such on-court behaviour one time.

In 2017, he admitted that he did tank when he would rather be doing something else than playing tennis.

At one time also, he openly discussed his lack of interest in tennis. He does not love the sports at all; he’s not the guy who belongs to “one-percenters” or those who are more dedicated and want to get better at it.

Asked for a beer during a match

Kyrgios loves his beer. In Wimbledon 2019, Rafael Nadal who he once called ‘salty’ beat him in the second round because he was out the night before (with journalists) drinking.

But what happened at the 2017 French Open after losing to Kevin Anderson after four sets was unforgettable.

He smashed several rackets before asking a fan for a bottle of beer. Kyrgios reportedly said, “Get me a beer now… Get me one now.”

While stepping out the court, he did not sign a single autograph. He was caught sating “it’s a joke.”

Clashed with umpire Fergus Murphy

During a Cincinnati Masters match, Kyrgios attacked Murphy when the umpire called his attention for taking too much time serving.

The Aussie did not like it, calling Murphy the “worst referee in the game.” He also referred to the umpire as a “f***ing tool.” It was also reported that he spit at the umpire.

He proceeded with smashing two rackets. 

Kyrgios was fined $25,000 and received a 16-week suspension. He was also fined $113,000 for five other cases of unsportsmanlike conduct following the Cincinnati Masters incident.

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4 of the Biggest Scandals in Pro Tennis

Every sport has its fair share of shocking news and controversies. Pro tennis is no exception. BBC even called it a sport riddled with corruption

BBC is right. Below are some of the biggest scandals to hit pro tennis.

A paternity suit

It began with a seemingly faultless sexual encounter at a London restaurant, but it began one of Boris Becker’s worst nightmares. Angela Ermakova, the Russian model, came forward and accused Becker of impregnating her.

Becker initially denied anything about it until 2001 when he acknowledged the paternity of Anna—the product of their well-publicised encounter inside the broom cupboard of Nobu. 

Becker shares joint custody of Anna, 19, who followed her mother’s footsteps as a model.

Drug test fails

Several tennis players—men and women—failed drug tests time and again.

In 1997, Andre Agassi hit the lowest point of his tennis career when traces of crystal meth was found on his samples. He wrote to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) claiming that a friend spiked his drink. The ATP believed him and served him a warning.

In his 2009 autobiography, however, Agassi admitted using crystal met and that he lied on the letter.

Martina Hingis retired shortly after failing a drug test that found cocaine in her system, at only 27 years old. That was in 2007.

In 2013, her ex-husband accused Hingis of serial adultery. According to him, he found her with another man on their bed a year after their 2010 wedding.

In 2016, Maria Sharapova received a two-year ban following a test that found meldonium, a banned substance, on her system. 

Her team filed an appeal that successfully reduced her violations to 15 months. She resumed playing in 2017.

Rafael Nadal was also accused of failing the doping test after his seven months hiatus in 2012 due to an injury. The accuser was ex-Health and Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot.

This caused quite a stir involving the Spanish Olympic Committee who claimed that Nadal was subject to several anti-doping controls. The then High Sports Council President, Miguel Cardenal, said that the accusation was a slander of an important athlete in history.

Nadal sued Bachelot in 2016. He won the case, and Bechelot was fined €12,000.

Locker room altercation

Nick Kyrgios is known for his crude behaviour on and off-court. After a match against Stan Wawrinka at the 2015 Rogers Cup, Kyrgios threw obscene comments on his opponent’s girlfriend. 

A fight ensued. Kyrgios underwent a probationary period for six months and fined $10,000 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). 

Wawrinka, on the other hand, took it to Twitter to air his disappointment. He said, “What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy.” 

Match-fixing

Match-fixing is a controversy that the tennis world has yet to solve. 

Daniel Koellerer, an Austrian player, received a lifetime ban after he was found liable of betting-related charges. 

He was initially fined with $100,000, but the court decided to overturn the decision since Koellerer hasn’t benefited from any of it.

Also, Koellerer once raised the ire of Stefan Koubek after losing a match between them. In 2010 National Tennis League, Koubek turned abusive, shouting expletives. At one point, he choked Koellerer while changing courts. 

Koubek was quickly disqualified, and the umpire cancelled the match.

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