Interesting Tennis Facts.
Tennis really is the sport of a lifetime. It is played and enjoyed by men and women throughout the world from as young as 3 to well over 100. It is cheap and fairly easy to pick up the game. In the professional ranks the best men and women travel around the world to compete in the ATP and WTA Tours. The blue riband events of the tennis season are the Grand Slam tournaments. These tournaments are the biggest events in terms of prestige and prizemoney. In January Melbourne hosts the Australian Open, in the Spring we have the French Open in Paris closely followed by the Wimbledon Championships in London England. The tennis year finishes in early September in New York with the razzmatazz of the US Open Championships.
In a grand slam tournament there are 128 players in both the ladies and men’s Singles draws. That isn’t to mention the men’s and ladies doubles and the mixed doubles. There is an enormous amount of games to play. On the professional tour tennis balls have a lifespan of 9 games, once the 9th game is completed the tennis balls are replaced by the ball kids with new ones. The Wimbledon Championships provide fresh tennis balls for every court. There are 18 courts which are used for tournament play. In total 54,000 tennis balls are used during the Wimbledon fortnight. What a mind boggling number.
Tennis is played in huge arenas throughout the world. From Centre Court at Wimbledon which can hold around 15300 spectators to the massive arenas in the United States. Indian Wells Tennis Garden court one is the third largest court in the world which can comfortably host 16000 tennis fanatics. In London the 02 Arena which hosts the World Tour finals an annual men’s world championship of tennis. The arena is two tiered and each session can hold 20,000 spectators. Over the course of the week the tournament attracts over 250,000 tennis fans. The biggest of all the stadia is the Arthur Ashe Arena, the monster court in Flushing Meadows towers into the New York skyline and fits 23,200 fans.
Tennis has also made a few players stars. Players like Billy Jean King, Stefi Graf and Maria Sharapova would almost have universal appreciation throughout the world. The biggest and possibly Greatest of All Time is none other than Switzerlands Roger Federer. The 36-year-old Swiss has won a mammoth 20 grand slam singles titles and packs out stadiums everywhere. His relaxed easy style is a joy to watch and over the years he has gained fans throughout the world. Of the 200 grand slams played in the Open Era, Roger Federer has won 10% of them. Surely a measure of his dominance of the sport this past 15 years.