Famous and legendary male tennis player, Mats Wilander is a Swedish tennis player born on August 22, 1964. His exemplary and impeccable game play helped him endeavor the World No. 1 rank. From 1982-1988, Mats Wilander with his top-notch performances won seven Grand Slam singles titles and one men’s double Grand Slam title. In year 1988, Mats Wilander won three of the four Grand Slams and ranked World No. 1.Although Mats never won the Wimbledon singles title, but he did win the Australian Open title twice when it was still being played on the grass court. For this reason, Mats Wilander is one of the five men (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors) who won the singles titles on hard courts, grass courts and clay courts. Rafael Nadal and Mats Wilendar are the only two tennis players to have won at least 2 Grand Slam singles’ titles on each of 3 surfaces. Windler won his fourth tennis Grand Slam singles title at the age of 20 which made him the youngest tennis player to achieve this milestone in the history of tennis. Some other career highlights and records of best Swedish male tennis player, Mats Wilander are:
1) Major titles won by Mats Wilander are:
- Australian Singles titles: 1983, 1984, 1988
- French Singles titles: 1982, 1985, 1988
- US Singles titles: 1988
- Wimbledon doubles: 1986
2) Davis Cup, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 with a record 36-14 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.
3) Singles record in the Grand Slams: Australian (36-7), Wimbledon (25-10), French (47-9) and US (36-11)
4) Mats Wilnder is the only player to have achieve the World No. 1 rank after winning the most number of Grand Slams.
5) Mats Wilendar shares the record of appearing in three consecutive Australian Open finals with Ivan Lendl
Tennis history is filled with precocious championships and achievements but none has been as impressive as Bjorn Borg who in his brief career was able to play outstanding tennis. His seemingly emotionless personality no wonders had the right amount of zeal and dedication for this game. Famous tennis player, Bjorn Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Sodertalje, Sweden. His fascination for tennis is routed to the tennis racket which is father won as a prize in a ping-pong tournament. Bjorn Borg was a player with endurance and great strength and had an unorthodox and distinctive style. Borg used to battle from the baseline along with ground strokes in long rallies. Although his serve was not very impressive at first but he somehow managed the game beautifully with his volleying throughout the game. Due to his excellent playing skills, Bjorn Borg became the youngest champion of his time at the age of 20 (later Boris Becker claimed this record by becoming the champion at the age of 17 in 1985). Bjorn Borg was known as the King of Clay as he holds the record of winning the most French Open titles. It took him sometime to settle at grass but he did so by winning 5 Wimbledon titles.
Some of the career highlights and record of Bjorn Borg are:
1) Bjorn Borg won 62 singles out of 88 finals and four double titles including Masters of 1979-80.
2) Bjorn Borg won six French Open singles titles (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
3) Borg won 5 Wimbledon singles titles (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980).
4) Bjorn Borg won Davis Cup in years 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1981. He holds the record of 37-3 single wins and 8-8 in doubles.
5) Bjorn Borg played all four tennis Grand Slams with the following final win-lose statistics:
- Australian Open tennis championship (1-1)
- French Open tennis championship (49-2)
- Wimbledon (51-4)
- US Open tennis championship (40-10)
Don’t you just love it when one of your favorite tennis players ends the match, set or a game with a serve which remains untouched by the opponent? Have you got any clue what that serve is? Yes! It’s the ace which does the job so quickly and accurately. Not every player has the potential to put the ace on a right spot and score the point. Scoring aces at maximum makes it easier to avoid long games as the game points could be won without playing multiple strokes. There are many records which have been made in serving the most aces. Few are listed below:
Goran Ivanisevic, a Croatian tennis player served the record aces during a year, numbering to 1477 in the year 1996.
Ivo Karlovic broke his own aces record in a match of Davis Cup against Radek Stepanek, where he served 78 aces out of which 77 were served on 1st serve. The interesting fact is that Karlovic lost the match even after the tie-break and setting a new ace record.
Andy Roddick holds the fastest ace record when he served an ace of 155 mph (~294 km/h) in a match against Vladimir Voltchkov in Davis Cup 2004.
Sam Querrey hit the record of ten consecutive aces against James Blake in Indianapolis Tennis Championships quarterfinal.
Interesting records were hit by the players in different ways. It’s always a treat to watch a game full of aces as it sure is a different flavor of the game.
Support your player and keep a close eye on their aces. You never know who makes a record!
Rafael Nadal is currently ranked world number two Spanish player in the world of tennis who has won 10 grand slams in his career to date out of which he owns 6 French grand slam titles, equalling Borg record. Rafael Nadal was formerly number one player from August, 2008 to July, 2009. He lost his number one spot because of injuries so he could not play certain big tournaments. But he came back very strong and regained his No. 1 spot after winning grand slams. Rafael Nadal was the only player to hold simultaneous clay court Grand Slams for which he was awarded the name of “The King of Clay”.
Rafael Nadal has won a total of six Grand Slams, the 2008 Olympic gold medal and was the part of the Spanish team that won the Davis Cup in year of 2004 and 2009. He has one Australian Open title (2009), five French Open titles (2005 to 2008 and 2010) and two Wimbledon title (2008 and 2010) in his kitty.
Nadal has a habit of playing an aggressive and behind the baseline game which is heavily founded on top spin ground shots, good footwork, consistency, speed and persistent court coverage. Nadal also has fine drop shots in his bag that wins him quite a good number of points because of his heavy topspin shots that pulls his opponents to the back of the court. Even though Nadal is seldom a volley player, he becomes good a volley player when he plays from the net.
After the rivalry of Nadal and Roger Federer for a long while, the trend changed and now Novak Djokovic is having the flavor of wins against Nadal. Djokovic took almost every title in the year of 2011 and is still in the winning streak which has made Nadal to lose his World No. 1 rank. Nadal is also facing some injury issues and the rumors are that he might end up switching is sports profession completely if failed to recover.
The ITF is an international body for the governing of all the tennis associations from all over the world. It came into existence in 1913 when an association was formed by twelve groups, called the International Lawn Tennis Federation. Originally based in Paris, the ITF tennis base moved to London during the Second World War II. It further got a name change in 1977 when the people over at ITF tennis realised the that all tennis is not played on grass and that the name was a misnomer. The offices and the funds of the same were shifted from Paris to London during World War II, from where it has continued to remain functional to this day. Its achievements are recognised in the annual event which is known as the ITF Year.
It has grown in status and magnitude over the years and it currently has a membership of 205 tennis associations from all over the world. It is the leading governing body for all tennis that is played internationally. It organises a variety of tournaments over a year, namely the four Grand Slams- the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Apart from these, it also holds national team competitions which include the Davis Cup, The Hopman Cup and the Fed Cup, for men, mixed and for women respectively. The ITF tennis is also primarily responsible for the maintenance of an under-18 junior tennis player’s circuit, both for boys as well as girls.
Famous male tennis player, Andrew Stephen Roddick or Andy Roddick as he is known is a former World No. 1 tennis player who hails from America. He is currently ranked 11th in the world tennis circuit as per the latest ATP rankings. He reached the top of his game in 2003 when he won the US Open. Since then he has managed to reach three tennis Grand Slam finals, only to lose to Roger Federer each time. He has the distinction of being the only tennis player apart from Roger Federer to finish in the top 10 for a consecutive period of 7 years. USA tennis player, Andry Roddick holds the record of winning the most number of games in Wimbledon 2009 (39).
Andy Roddick is best known in the tennis world for his powerful serve and equally potent tennis volley. He has recorded the fastest serve in men’s tennis to date at a speed of 155 mph or 249.5 kmph. He has also the done USA proud by winning the Davis Cup in the 2007 season by defeating Dimitry Tursonov of Russia in the finals. A string of injuries have forced him to take regular breaks from professional tennis which have been instrumental in his slide in the rankings.
Andy is however still known for his top notch serve that can scare sweep of his feet. Andy Roddick is considered to be one of the hottest tennis player and is a heart throb of every woman tennis fan. He is married to famous model Brooklyn