INTERESTING AND USELESS TENNIS FACTS

Welcome to the Interesting and Useless Tennis Facts Website

Welcome to my site about interesting and useless tennis facts and information.
 
I decided to do this website because I kept noticing coincidences, quirky and interesting things while watching tennis. I figured other people might get a smile or a chuckle from some of these so I decided to write them down. I've had this idea to do this for years but always found something else to do so finally I'm doing it and I hope you like the site.

 
 
 
Of course I'll keep adding more info as I notice them so keep checking back for updates.

If you have any info to add you can always give them to me.
 
 
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**Victoria Azarenka has done the career double bagel grand slam.
She has defeated an opponent 6-0, 6-0 at all four majors. Her latest conquest was in her first round at the 2016 Australian Open.  
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**The Brisbane final in Australia has seen within the last three years the finalist becoming the champion.
Roger Federer was the finalist to Lleyton Hewitt in 2014 and he won in 2015. Milos Raonic was finalist to
Roger Federer in 2015 and in 2016 he beat Roger to take the title.
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**2 american female players will be vying for their 2nd WTA title at the first WTA tournaments of 2016. Alison Riske in Shenzhen, China and Sloane Stevens in Auckland, New Zealand. Sloane won her tournament.
Even though Sloane was the last one to win her maiden title out of the 'up-and-comers' within the last couple of years, she was the first one to win her second title.
It doesn’t matter when you win your first title (even though it’s good when you win it shortly after turning pro), it only matters that you keep winning them.
 
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**Flavia Pennetta was on tour for 15 years and got to her first major final and won it in her fifteenth year in 2015. Guess 15 is her lucky tennis number.
 
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**After spending years and years on the WTA tour Marion Bartoli and Flavia Pennetta immediately retired from tennis after winning their one and only grand slam championship.  
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**Two players, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, both  won 3 grand slams in 2015 but they were stopped from winning the calendar year grand slam by players they were suppose to dominate. Serena lost to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semis and Novak
lost to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open finals.
 
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**Players who won the calendar year grand slam (winning all four majors in a calendar year):
 
**Don Budge in 1938

**Maureen Connolly in 1953

**Rod Laver won all four majors in 1962 as well as in 1969.
 
**Margaret Court  in 1970

**Steffi Graf did it, including winning gold in the Olympics, therefore winning the golden slam in 1988.

**Of course Serena Williams did her 'serena slam' winning four grands slams in a row...twice. In 2002-2003 and 2014-2015.

**Stefan Edberg was the first player ever to win a Career Junior Grand Slam. In 1983 he won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open junior events in singles.
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  **Roger Federer have won 3 grand slams in a year multiple times (2004 & 2006 & 2007)and have been to all 4 finals in multiple years (2006 & 2007 & 2009) but was always stopped short of doing the calendar year grand slam.
 
**Martina Hingis won 3 grand slams in 1997 and went to the finals at the French open, which she lost, so she was stopped short of doing the calendar year grand slam.
Because of this, she became in 1997 the youngest ever world number 1 at 16 years old .
  
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**Twins
Active WTA Players
-Kristyna and Karolina Pliskova
-Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok

**Twins
Active ATP Players
-Bob and Mike Bryan

**Eugenie Bouchard has a twin sister who isn't on the tour.
**Melanie Oudin has a twin sister who isn't on the tour.
**Roger Federer has 2 sets of twins; twin girls and twin boys so maybe they'll be on tour in the way, way future.
 
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**Siblings
Active WTA Players
-Venus and Serena Williams
-Agnieszka and Ursula Radwanska
-Chan Yung-Jan and Chan Hao-Ching
-Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova
 

**Siblings
Active ATP Players
-Andy and Jamie Murray
-Novak, Marko, and Djordje Djokovic


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** WTA Players with deep dimples:
-Sloane Stephens
-Garbiñe Muguruza
-Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
  
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**Former tennis players whose name alternates consonants and vowels:
-Monica Seles
-Goran Ivanisevic
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** Which former #1 women's tennis player has a palindrome as her last name?
A palindrome is a word spelled the same forwards and backwards.
- Monica Seles

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** Jimmy Connors is the only tennis player to have won the U.S. Open on three different surfaces. They were grass, clay and hard court.

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** Two players met in three consecutive Wimbledon finals from 1988 through 1990. They were Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. They were both known for their booming serves and great volleys at the net.

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**Only one person has competed on both the ATP and WTA tours.
It was Dr Reneé Richards, who had previously played as Richard Raskind, before undergoing gender reassignment surgery. In 1960, as a man, he was beaten in the final of the US Nationals at Forest Hills, New York by Australian Neale Fraser. Seventeen years later in 1977, as a woman, the 42 year-old opthalmologist suffered defeat again at the same venue in her opening match by England’s Virginia Wade.

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** George VI is the only member of the British royal family ever to have competed in a tennis tournament when he entered the men's doubles event at Wimbledon in 1926.
As Duke of York, Prince Albert, later renamed King George VI, was a tennis player and entered the Jubilee Championships with his tennis doubles partner, Wing Commander Louis Grieg. Both King George V and Queen Mary were present on the opening day to witness their son's defeat.
 
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DIFFERENT GRAND SLAM TERMINOLOGY
 
The true meaning of the term Grand Slam refers to winning all four majors in a single calendar year.
These majors are The Australian Open, The French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
-Winning the four majors in consecutive tournaments but not in the same year is known as a Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam.
-Winning all four majors at any point during the course of a career is known as a Career Grand Slam.
-Winning the gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in addition to the four majors in one calendar year is known as a Golden Grand Slam or Golden Slam.
- Winning the gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in addition to the four majors during the course of a career is known as a Career Golden Slam.
-Winning the Year-End Championship (known as ATP World Tour Finals and WTA Tour Championships) in addition to the four majors in one calendar year is known as the Super Slam.
-Winning the ATP/ WTA Year-End Championship in addition to the four majors during the course of a career is known as the Career Super Slam.
-Winning the ATP/ WTA Year-End Championship in addition to the four majors and the Summer Olympic during the course of a career is known as the Career Golden Super Slam.
 
 
Now let’s take a look at players who have achieved these distinguished ‘slams’.
 
** Career Golden Super Slam Winners:
-Steffi Graf
-Andre Agassi
-Serena Williams
 
** Career Golden Slam Winners:
-Steffi Graf
-Andre Agassi
-Serena Williams is the only player to have achieved a career golden slam in both singles and doubles.
-Rafael Nadal 
 
** Career Super Slam Winners:
-Billie Jean King
-Martina Navratilova
-Chris Evert
-Steffi Graf
-Andre Agassi
-Serena Williams
-Roger Federer 
-Maria Sharapova 
  
** Golden Slam Winners:
-Steffi Graf (1988)
 
**Super Slam Winners
-none
 
**Grand Slam Winners:
-Don Budge (in 1938)
-Maureen Connolly (1953)
-Rod Laver (1962 &1969)
-Margaret Court (1970)
-Steffi Graf (1988)
 
**Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam Winners: 
-Martina Navratilova (1983-1984) 
-Steffi Graf (1993-1994) 
-Serena Williams (2002-03 & 2014-2015) 


**Career Grand Slam Winners:
-Fred Perry (1933-34-35) 
-Don Budge (1937-38)
-Doris Hart (1949-50-51-54) 
-Maureen Connolly Brinker (1951-52-53) 
-Shirley Fry Irvin (1951-56-57) 
-Rod Laver (1960-61-62) 
-Margaret Court (1960-62-63; as Margaret Smith) 
-Roy Emerson (1961-63-64) 
-Billie Jean King (1966-67-68-72) 
-Chris Evert (1974-75-82) 
-Martina Navratilova (1978-81-82-83) 
-Steffi Graf (1987-88) 
-Andre Agassi (1992-94-95-99) 
-Roger Federer 
-Rafael Nadal 
-Serena Williams
-Maria Sharapova 
 
**Doubles Grand Slam Winners:
-Frank Sedgman & Ken McGregor (1951)
-Margaret Smith & Ken Fletcher (1963)
-Martina Navratilova & Pam Shriver (1984)
 
**Doubles Grand Slam Winners (with different partners):
-Maria Bueno (1960), with Christine Truman then Darlene Hard.
-Margaret Smith (1965), with John Newcombe, then Ken Fletcher and finally, Fred Stolle
-Owen Davidson (1967), with Lesley Turner then Billie Jean King.
-Martina Hingis (1998), with Mirjana Lucic then Jana Novotná.
 
**Non-Calendar Year Doubles Grand Slam Winners
-Bob & Mike Bryan brothers (2012/2013)
 
** Junior Grand Slam Winners:
- Stefan Edberg (1983)
  
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**Players who almost became calendar year Grand Slam Winners:
(They went to all four major finals in a year but lost one)
-Martina Hingis in 1997 lost the French open final
-Roger Federer in 2006 & 2007 lost the French open finals.
  In 2009 he also reached all four finals but he only won two.
-Novak Djokovic in 2015 lost the French open final
  
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**Players who have won the junior and the respective major grand slam:
-Victoria Azarenka won the Australian junior and major grand slam
- Stan Wawrinka won the French junior and major grand slam
-Sania Mirza won the Wimbledon doubles junior and doubles major grand slam
-Roger Federer won the Wimbledon junior and major grand slam
-Stefan Edberg won the Wimbledon junior and major grand slam
- Rod Laver won the Australian junior and major grand slam
- Martina Hingis won the Wimbledon junior and major grand slam.
   She also won the French doubles junior and doubles major grand slam
- Jennifer Capriati won the French junior and major grand slam
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** Tennis players that had no grand slam title when they first became the world #1
WTA Players:
-Jelena Jankovic in 2008. However, she reached a grand slam final being #1.
-Dinara Safina in 2009. However, she reached a grand slam final being #1.
-Caroline Wozniacki in 2010. She reached a grand slam final before becoming #1.
-Kim Clijsters and Amelie Mauresmo both also became ‘slamless’ # 1s but they eventually became multiple grand slam winners (when they weren’t # 1s).
 
ATP Players:
Marcelo Rios in 1998. He reached a grand slam final before becoming #1.  
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** The longest women's tennis match played.
It was in 1984 between Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner at the 'Ginny of Richmond' tournament in Richmond, Virginia. That match took 6 hours, 31 minutes with a score of 6–4, 7–6(11), and featured a 29-minute, 643-shot rally, the longest in professional tennis history.
 
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** The shortest tennis match played.
 It is a match that lasted just 20 minutes, when Susan M. Tutt beat Marion Bandy 6-0, 6-0 at the Wimbledon tournament in 1969.
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**The longest tennis match in history.
It was played between between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon on June 22-24, 2010. The first-round match took 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days, lasting so long it was suspended because of darkness two nights in a row. The match was won by Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68. The fifth set was the longest set in history as determined by both duration and number of games (8 hours 11 minutes, 138 games) and the set itself would have broken the previous longest match record of 6 hours 33 minutes.
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