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Tennis Smash: 10 Tennis Players With the Best Overhead Play

Asking a specific question, including who has the best tennis smash is an issue of deep contemplation. A smash should be easy to evaluate compared with other tennis strokers—only it isn’t.

If you visit various tennis forums with fans answering the question, you will only have the same names. These are Roger ~ freaking awesome ~ Federer, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Pat Rafter, and Ken Rosewall, among others.

In a Match Charting Project that analysed more than 3,500 tennis matches, it came up with a list of the best smashes in tennis. The Project measures it by winner/win per smash (W/SM) ratio.

These are the tennis players with the best W/SM ratio as measured against the points won per smash or (PTS/SM).

1) Jo Tsonga | 78% W/SM | 90% PTS/SM

The best smasher in men’s tennis is Tsonga, winning a point 90% of the time he hit a smash. It was all about the quality of his overhead shots that won him an extra point every 600 points compared with other ATP players.

2) Tomas Berdych | 76% W/SM | 88% PTS/SM

Berdych’s best tennis plays involved a forehand smash. His smashes connect 76%of the time, earning him 88% points won for every smash.

3) Pete Sampras | 75% W/SM | 86% PTS/SM

Sampras hits 84% of the smash opportunities with 75% WSM. These hits convert to points 86% of the time. Other than Agassi, Sampras is the only tennis player to have consistent match rates. 

4) Roger Federer | 73% W/SM | 86% PTS/SM

Federer also hits 84% of the smash opportunities afforded to him, and he hits about 50% per smash opportunity. This could mean that the Fed’s smashes are more difficult than other players.

5) Jelena Jankovic | 73% W/SM | 83% PTS/SM

Jankovic is the leading women’s tennis players with the highest percentage of W/SM at 73%. A high percentage of her wins was because of a smash. She even used her famous forehand smash against Williams.

6) Serena Williams | 72% W/SM | 81% PTS/SM

Williams creates 72% wins for every smash she had, converting to 81% of points. 

7) Rafael Nadal | 69% W/SM | 84% PTS/SM

Nadal is the fifth men’s tennis player who creates 69% W/SM. His smashes convert to 84% of points. Again, it is also about the quality of his smashes that are able to generate more points for him.

8) Stefi Graf | 61% W/SM | 81% PTS/SM

When it comes to the quality of smashes, however, Graf holds dominance. She creates 61% W/SM that gives her 81% more points per smash. Her smashes are few, but they almost always convert to points.

9) Svetlana Kuznetsova | 70% W/SM | 79% PTS/SM

Kuznetsova wins tennis matches because of her 70% W/SM record. This converts to 79% points per smash.

10) Simona Halep | 66% W/SM | 76% PTS/SM

Halep’s known for her quick thinking and quicker responses on the court, giving her 66% wins per smash. About 76% of these converts to points.

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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

It’s important to find balance between Pokemon and training. ~~Nick Kyrgios

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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