Globally, tennis attracts over 1 billion fans and is considered to be the fourth most followed sport in the world. A meteoric rise for a sport that was born in the small town of Warwickshire, England in 1872.
With over a century of history, the annuals of tennis are filled with amazing facts and spectacular achievements. We’ve selected just 5 of our favourites.
The World’s Oldest Tournament
Wimbledon is considered to be the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The tournament is held annually at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. The inaugural Wimbledon Championship was played on 9 July 1877 and featured 22 players. Just 200 people showed up to watch.
During the 2010 Wimbledon Championship, a first round Men’s single match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut broke the record for the longest tennis match in history. The match lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over three days. The pair played 183 games in total with the American, John Isner emerging victorious. A rule change set to be implemented in 2019 to avoid such occurrences will ensure that Isner and Mahut will retain the record forever.
Strawberries and cream
At Wimbledon Championships, strawberries and cream is the only snack available. In 2017, over 34 tons of strawberries and 10,000 liters of cream were consumed.
The Youngest Ever
Martina Hingis is easily one of the greatest tennis players of all time. At just 15, Hingis became the youngest person (male or female) to win a Glam Slam tennis tournament winning the 1996 Wimbledon doubles title with partner Helena Suková. Just a year later, Hingis became the youngest ever World No.1 and the youngest Gram Slam singles winner defeating Mary Pierce in the final of the Australian Open.
Tennis was first added to the Olympics in 1896. However, it was removed 28 years later in 1924. It would be reintroduced to the Summer Olympics as a demonstration sport at the 1968 and 1984 Olympics. Then in 1988, the game would return to the Olympics stage where it remains today.
Bet on the Nitto ATP Finals
Held annually at the O2 Arena in London, the Nitto ATP Finals feature the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings. At Betway, you can bet on all of the Nitto ATP Finals
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