- Tennis courts were once hourglass shaped because in December 1873, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield (one of the pioneers of lawn tennis) designed and patented an hourglass-shaped tennis court in order to obtain a patent on his court, as a rectangular court, already in use in other versions of outdoor, lawn tennis, was unpatentable by him, and a temporary patent on his hourglass-shaped court was granted to him in February, 1874, which he never renewed when it expired in 1877. Today’s rectangular court and current rules of Tennis were then finalised and this was also the year of the first Wimbledon competition.
Picture: Major Walter Clopton Wingfield
- The longest tennis match took 11 hours and 5 minutes to complete and stretched for three days. This is the quivilant of about 5 and a half marathons run at world record pace!
Picture: The moment John Isner triumphed in the longest Tennis match played – between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in Wimbledon, 2015.
- The Grand Slam – Winning the four biggest competitions on the tennis circuit, Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open in the same year is called a Grand Slam, this term is borrowed from the card game Bridge.
Picture: Norman Rockwell’s America, people playing Bridge (Article from the Guardian).
- A Harris Hawk, called Rufus, stationed at Wimbledon to keep its sky clear of local pigeons, has over 10,000 followers on Twitter!
Picture: Rufus the Hawk keeping a watchful eye. (Article the The Daily Mail).
- The loudest grunt,which reached 105 decibels, came from Maria Sharapova in 2009 during Wimbledon. This is equal to that of a lion’s roar!
Picture: Maria Sharapova, Russian Tennis Player, Current ranking: No. 41 (January 29, 2018)