Tallest and Shortest Tennis Players

by on July 4, 2010
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Tallest and Shortest Tennis Players

Tennis is a game in which we regard a player’s talent without taking into account their height. Who notices height when they play real good tennis! Tallest and shortest tennis players hold records in tennis for their height. Here are the shortest and tallest players male and female players of tennis:

Shortest male/female tennis players

Philippine’s Felicisimo Ampon is the shortest player who played in the history of tennis. He was 4 ft. 11 inches tall. He appeared in 1952, 1953 French Open, 1949, 1950 and 1953 Wimbledon and in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1952 US Open. He was considered to be the best Filipino tennis player of his time. The shortest woman to play Wimbledon was C.G. Hoahing who was just 4 ft. 9 inches tall. She was a British player who played in the 1930s.

Tallest male/female tennis players

The tallest man who played in tennis history is Ivo Karlović, a 6 ft 10 inches tall man. The Croatian player started his professional career in 2000. The currently ranked 41 player has achieved a highest ranking of 14 so far in singles. In doubles, he reached the 14, as well. The tallest women in tennis history were USA’s Lindsay Ann Davenport and Russia’s Elena Bovina. Both players are 6 ft. 2.5 inches tall. Davenport started her career in 1993 and has a highest ranking of no. 1 in singles so far and she had no. 1 ranking in doubles too. She has won three Grand Slams and one Olympics gold medal. Bovina started her career in 1998 and had a top ranking of 14 in singles and the same in doubles. However there is a new tallest female player Eva Hrdinova with a height of 6’3.

In the current era, Isner of America is considered to be one of the tallest with 6’9 height.

Youngest and Oldest Seeded Players in Grand Slams

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Youngest and Oldest Seeded Players in Grand Slams

We all love the championships in which our best and favorite players are rivals to each other. The players that will play in the championships are the lowest seeds. A “seed” is a ranking of players that will play in the knockout tournaments, such as Wimbledon. The win-loss and other related data about the competitors is analyzed and they are ranked accordingly. The player seeded 1st is the most favorite one for that tournament and it is assumed that he will be the best player throughout the tournament and will win it, as well. In singles Grand Slams, 32 seeds are needed that means 32 of the best players of that gender will compete in the Grand Slam.

Age has never been considered important as long as the player is in his best form during the game and in his career. This is why there have been tennis players who at a very old age were able to own a respectable seed by winning the grand slam championship. Here are the youngest and oldest seeded players in Grand Slams: 

Youngest seed in the Grand Slams:

The youngest male seed to have played so far is Sweden’s B. R. Borg who played in a Grand Slam at the age of 17 years in 1973. The youngest female seed was USA’s Jennifer Capriati in 1999; she was 14 years old then.

Oldest seed in the Grand Slams:

The oldest seed in men’s singles was USA’s R. A. Gonzales. He played in the Grand Slam at the age of 41 years in 1969. Among women, the oldest seed was also from USA. L. W. King played at the age of 39 years in 1983 Grand Slam.

Youngest and Oldest tennis champions

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Youngest and Oldest tennis champions

Tennis is an old sport with increasing number of new players. It has produced both young and old champions throughout its history. Many players after a gap of sometime, made through to the tennis world again and set records by winning the championships. Here are some of the youngest and oldest tennis champions in singles and doubles format of the tennis championships:

Youngest male/female winners in Singles/Doubles/Mix tennis championship:

In 1985, the youngest player to have become champion in men’s singles was 17 year old German player Boris F. Becker. Among the ladies singles was Britain’s 15 year old Miss C. Dod who became the youngest champion in 1887. In men’s doubles, USA’s 18 year old R. D. Ralston became the world champion in 1960. The youngest women’s doubles champion was 15 year old Martina Hinguis of Switzerland. She became champion in 1996. In mixed doubles was Australia’s 21 year old R. G. Laver and USA’s 16 year old Serena Williams who became champions in 1959 and 1998 respectively.

Oldest male/female winners in Singles/Doubles/Mix tennis championship:

Britain’s 41 years old A. W. Gore and 37 year old A. Sterry were the oldest champions in tennis history among men and women in 1909 and 1908 respectively. USA’s 43 year old G. P. Mulloy and 42 year old E. M. Ryan were the oldest champions in men’s doubles and women’s doubles respectively. They won these championships in the years 1957 and 1934 respectively. In mixed doubles, the oldest champions were USA’s 46 year old M. Navratilova and 42 year old S. E. Stewart. They became world champions in 2003 and 1988 respectively.

Records are meant to be broken. So let’s see who else will make his/her way in these records!

Longest Tennis Match Ever

by on July 3, 2010
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Longest Tennis Match Ever

And the match went on and on and on…. John Isner, an American tennis player and Nicolas Mahut from Germany entered a historical record when they played the longest tennis match ever in the history, at the event of Wimbledon 2010. The game went on for 11 hours and 5 minutes and over the span of three days where the American player won by 70-68 in the fifth and final set of the match. At some point, it seemed more like a war between Batman and Superman!

They not only set their own unique record but also shattered all kinds of records in the context of longest tennis match. Isner and Mahut established a record of six hours and 33 minutes in the fifth set of this game. This match, along with being the longest one, had the most number of games, 138 in one set, the most number of aces and the most number of games in one match: 183. Incredible!

The players were left exhausted at day 1 and literally crippling around but they sure were determined to complete the match and they did.

The longest tennis match offered a massive rewrite of records when Isner and Mahut achieved landmark upon landmark in three days of epic combat. Congratulations Isner and Mahut!

You can find the statues of Isner and Mahut at the Wimbledon court as a recognition of such a marvellous tennis record.

Note: Just when Isner won the longest match, he lost in the second round in the shortest match which was completed in 75 minutes. Seems like fame is hailing over Isner in a very unique way!

Most tennis titles Won by Country

by on July 3, 2010
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Most tennis titles Won by Country, Tennis balls

Tennis has been a game that has welcomed every player with several different origin background. However few of the countries have ruled the game of tennis by producing absolutely brilliant tennis players over the time. USA is the top ranked country in Wimbledon history with the highest number of titles in both men and women singles. The country has a total of 86 titles. In men’s singles, USA has won 33 titles so far, whereas in women’s singles, the country claimed 53 titles. USA’s Pete Sampras has won seven titles. He won them in the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Among women, Martina Navratilova won 9 titles in 1978, 1979, 1982-1987 and 1990.

In the second position are the British Isles with a total of 61 titles among which 32 were claimed by men and 29 by women. Australia is number three with 26 titles of which 21 were claimed by men and 5 by women. France is the fourth with 14 titles, 7 each being claimed by men and women. Germany is number fifth with 12 titles. Women claimed 8, whereas men did only four.

At number six is Great Britain with 10 titles, seven claimed by women and only 3 by men. Sweden and Switzerland have claimed 7 titles so far. Sweden’s titles are all claimed by men where as one of the Swiss title was claimed by a woman. New Zealand’s men have claimed 4 titles for their country so far. Spain has won 3 titles: 2 by men and one by a woman. Slovakia, Netherlands, Croatia and Egypt have one title each that were all claimed by men. Czech Republic and Russia have won one title each by their women.

In all, men have claimed 123 titles for their countries and women did 116.

Aces Records in One Match – Men’s Singles

by on July 3, 2010
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Isner and Mahut, Aces Records in One Match - Men’s Singles

Tennis fans surely know what an ace is. For those of us who do not know, an ace is when during a game, a point is scored after a player serves the ball correctly and so strongly that the opponent doesn’t even have a chance to touch it. Not all the tennis players have the potential, the art of making a point through an ace. It requires correct positioning and timing. When our favorite player hits aces during the game, he not only makes it interesting, but also a fun and treat for us to watch.

Many players have set records for aces. The top ten record holders from 1991 to June 23, 2010 have Ivo Karlović on the top with 78 aces that he scored against Radek Štepanek in a five set semifinal of the Davis Cup. He holds the second record, as well, with 55 aces against Lleyton Hewitt in a five-set first round match of the French Open. J. Johansson achieved the third spot in the aces ranking when he hit 51 aces against Andre Agassi in a 4-set match of the fourth round at the Australian Open. Again it’s Ivo Karlovic who stands fourth with 51 aces hit against Daniele Bracciali in a five-set Wimbledon match. Roger Federer is ranked fifth with 50 aces against Andy Roddick in a 5-set Wimbledon final.

The list goes on with Richard Krajicek the sixth with 49 aces against Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerton the seventh with 47 aces against Daniel Nestor, Ivo Karlovic the eighth with 46 aces against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Goran Ivanisević the ninth with 46 aces against Magnus Norman and Mark Philippoussis is the tenth with 46 aces against Andre Agassi.

Ivanović’s record was broken last Thursday, on June 24 by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut with 112 and 103 aces respectively.