Every tennis tournament comes with limitless information and interesting facts . Keeping those facts in mind and watching the game go along makes it even more interesting as you keep on calculating and speculating the results and records. The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year after which the streak of unending matches begins and continues for an entire year. If you are a crazy fan of tennis, not knowing the most basic and interesting facts of the Australian Open is like doing injustice to the word “fan.” Here are some interesting facts and trivia about the Australian Open:
1) Famous female tennis player Margaret Court is the leading winner of most Australian Open female titles
2) Greatest male tennis player Andre Agassi is the leading winner of most Australian Open men titles (tie with Federer)
3) One of the best female tennis player Steffi Graf is the legendary player who defeated Chris Evert in the 1988 Australian Open to win the Golden Slam.
4) The Williams sisters are the USA tennis players who met in the final of the Australian Open in year 2003.
5) From years 1988-2007, the court surface of Australian Open was hard (Rebound Ace).
6) Many tennis lovers believe that the Australian Open event is arranged in Sydney. Don’t let that confuse you, as Melbourne is the host site of the Australian Open.
7) The Williams sisters, with their dominant play in doubles, won the Australian Open doubles title 3 times.
8) In 2009, famous Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal won the longest match in the history of the Australian Open against Fernando Verdasco.
9) Not many of you know that the Australian Open is also known as the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific.
10) The first pair of American siblings to win the doubles title of Australian Open is the Williams sisters.
11) Among the many leading players in the Australian Open, Evonne Goolagong Cawley was the only player to achieve the WTA’s number one ranking.
12) Hottest female tennis player Martina Hingis ended the unbeaten 33 match career run of Monica Seles in 1999 in the Australian Open.
Vintage and prestigious are the words that could be used for the oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon. The championship has been played in All England Club since 1877 and is the most happening tournament of summer. Wimbledon has been retained in its real essence by allowing the games to be played on original grass surface since the beginning. The tournament entertains the audiences for two weeks, starting in late June and ending in early July. The unique feature of this tournament is that it starts on a Monday and ends on Sunday.This pattern has been the same since the start of Wimbledon.The main events are of Wimbledon are Gentlemen’s singles (128 draw), Gentlemen’s Doubles (64 draw), Ladies singles (128 draw), Ladies doubles (64 draw) and Mixed doubles (48 draw)
Till now, 124 Gentlemen’s Singles Championships have been played in Wimbledon while 116 belong to the category of the Ladies’ Singles Championships which were added in 1884. Even though Wimbledon is a British tournament, it used to be ruled by the American legendary player, Pete Sampras. He won seven Wimbledon titles. As for women, M. Navratilova, with her elegant and tremendous play, won nine Wimbledon titles. Wimbledon is the tournament which is now discussed in the context of entertaining people with the never ending 11 hours 5 minutes match spread over three days in 2010 Championship. It was the longest match ever played in the history of tennis. The epic combat took place between Isner and Mahut who played 70-68 games in the fifth set. Interestingly, the aces world record was also set in this match where John Isner stroke 112 aces.
Wimbledon has been offering much excitement due to the rivalry of King Federer and Nadal. Let’s see who proves to be the next King of Wimbledon !
Women, with their sporty and ravishing looks, dressed in beautiful outfits have been playing on Garros since 1897. Though it’s hard to play on clay, women came out to be really strong and have been setting records on Garros. Women tennis stars add up colors to the clay court by their ravishing and vivid outfits which are always a treat to watch.
Like men, women tennis players have set the records on Garros by winning the most single and consecutive single titles as well. Players like Henin, Steffi and Chris Evert have shown absolutely amazing tennis skills and incredible wins on the clay court. Let’s have a flashback in these two categories.
Winner of most Women’s singles titles on Garros
Era before 1968
The legendary player Suzanne Lenglen claimed six singles titles of Garros.
Era after 1967
Chris Evert broke the record of Suzanne by wining seven single titles. No one in the present time is even close to her record.
Winner of most consecutive women’s singles titles
Era before 1968
It’s again the legendary player Suzanne Lenglen who won the consecutive Roland Garros singles titles from 1920-1923.
Era after 1967
Justine Henin, the present clay queen, has been able to win three consecutive Garros titles from year 2005-2007. Henin has immense potential on clay and is surely going to make use of her caliber to win the maximum Garros titles.
Presently, the players who have the potential to lead on clay are Henin and Kuznetsova. Keep watching the Garros event every year to know how far these ladies will have gone in the event.