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Crazy Facts About Tennis You Didn't Expect

 

There is no question that tennis is a sport of high quality, both tactically and technically. When the best players in the world meet, the world seems to stand still for a few hours. However, there are also crazy stories that make this sport very special. We hereby elaborate on some of these stories.

What is this pineapple looking for on the Wimbledon trophy?

If you take a closer look at the Wimbledon trophy, you will find a pineapple there. But why actually? According to various sources and traditions, this prominent placement is due to seafaring. English sailors are said to have always put pineapples on their fence posts when returning home from a long journey. The pineapple symbolized a happy event. How tennis ultimately struck the link with seafaring remains unexplained. Perhaps the spectators at the next Wimbledon final will not only enjoy strawberries with whipped cream, but will also be inspired by the pineapple for something new.

Tennis balls were once white

If you don't like the neon yellow of the current balls too much, you will want to go back to the past. Wimbledon, of all places, was responsible for the introduction of the yellow balls when they replaced the previously white version at the 1986 tournament. You can still buy the white version, by the way. Why not benefit from the new knowledge the next time you shop?

The miraculous story of the first Olympic champion

The story of the first Olympic tennis champion is an extraordinary one. The competitions were held in Greece in 1896 and, despite the popularity of the sport at the time, did not include the best tennis players in the world. Instead, an Irishman became a triumph after he happened to be in Greece during his vacation. John Pius Boland was registered for the tournament by his Greek friend and marched easily through the tournament. He then won the doubles title with his German first-round opponent Friedrich Traun. Incidentally, in 1896 the winners did not receive gold, but silver for a success.

Finally the same prize money in London

When the news of the adjustment of the prize money of the men's and women's tournament made the rounds in 2007, all those who had called for equality were sighed with a sigh of relief. Of course, it was a long wait before this change was finally implemented. In total, exactly 34 million pounds were distributed to the participants in 2018, with the two individual winners being able to look forward to 2.25 million pounds. As is well known, Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber ultimately secured the coveted pineapple trophies. For 2019, the Betway betting odds for another Triumph Kerbers are 8.00 (as of September 22nd). The biggest competitor here is still tennis icon Serena Williams.

11 hours and 34 minutes full of entertainment

Tennis games are fun, long or short. The protagonists at the Grand Slam tournaments often think that too. The three-day duel between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner, which took place at Wimbledon in 2010, will not be forgotten. Ultimately, Isner won 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 7, 7: 6 and 70:68. After all, it was a net playing time of 11 hours and 5 minutes. On the other hand, things went faster between Steffi Graf and Natalia Zvereva. The latter did not stand a chance in the 0: 6, 0: 6 in the 1988 final. After 34 minutes, the matter was already over.

The hands as better rackets?

How should tennis be played without an accompanying racket? What makes little sense to us nowadays was different one day. Before the bat was invented and used for the game in the 16th century, opponents faced each other with their bare hands. Who wouldn't want to see a duel between big names like Rafael Nadal and the Serbian dominator of the tennis world Novak Djokovic today? Only the rallies could suffer from the lack of speed.

Why is tennis full of "love"?

In tennis, "love" is a term like "set point" or "break". Nobody can exactly determine where this term comes from. However, there are two theories about origins, however probable they may seem. One refers to the French "l'oeuf", which basically means zero. The other variant leads into Dutch usage. For example, "love" could come from "iets voor lof doen", which means "there is no part in the game".

Whether with "love" or with your own hands - crazy tennis stories can be found everywhere, if you just keep your eyes and ears open. The ATP World Tour Finals and the Davis Cup Final will soon be big games that all tennis fans can look forward to!

written on 09/25/2018 at 10:58 pm.