15 Less Known Facts About Tennis

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  • The all time longest tennis match lasted for 11 hours 5 minutes over a 3 day span. It took place in 2010 at Wimbledon, when John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut with a score of  6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

The shortest tennis match, in record, is the match between Susan Tutt and Marion Bandy that lasted just 20 minutes, when Tutt beat Bandy 6-0, 6-0 at the Wimbledon tournament in 1969.
Fastest serve in ATP tour was hit by Samuel Groth in 2012 which clocked at a staggering 163.7 mph.

 

Sabine Lisicki hit the fastest serve for women in 2014 at the Bank of the West Classic, clocked at 131 mph.
Andre Agassi has 40 hard court titles, the most in the history of men’s tennis.

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For WTA, Chris Evert won 53 hard court titles, the most in history of WTA.
Guillermo Vilas has the most number of clay court titles i.e. 47.
Chris Evert claimed 66 clay court titles, the most till date.
Tennis originated in northern France in the 12th century
Until 16th century, palms were used to hit the ball. It was not until 16th century that rackets came into existence.

The First Wimbledon was played in 1877. It is also the first of the four “Grand Slams” to be founded.

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The US Open is the only major tournament to use a tiebreak in the final set for singles.
Don Budge is the only male player in tennis history to have won six consecutive Grand Slam singles titles, from Wimbledon in 1937 to the US Open in 1938.
In 2007, the prize money for Wimbledon winners became equal for men and women.
Tennis balls were originally white. In 1986, yellow balls were first introduced at Wimbledon

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