OK, You win - Game, Set, Match!!

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About This Quiz

How much do you know about the sport of tennis? Test your knowledge of the players and their claims to fame, plus the rules and regulations of this popular game.

When did tennis make its debut in the United States?

It was introduced by an American woman, Mary Ewing Outerbridge, after she saw the game played by Englishmen while she was on a visit to Bermuda. Outerbridge is often referred to as the “Mother of American Tennis.”

Who is considered the best male tennis player of all time?

Federer has won 18 Grand Slam titles, most recently the 2017 Australian Open at the age of 35. The title of highest paid tennis player in the world also belongs to Federer.

Who is considered the best female tennis player of all time?

Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 Australian Open and regained the world’s No. 1 ranking while doing so. Richard Williams -- father of Serena and her sister Venus -- coached both girls, setting forth a plan for them to become champions.

Who is the only male tennis player to win the U.S. Open playing on three different surfaces?

Connors won on grass in 1974, on Har-Tru clay in 1976 and Deco Turf (hard) in 1978. Connors won his first major tennis title in 1973 at Wimbledon playing men's doubles. His partner was Ilie Nastase.

Who broke Martina Navratilova's 331-week reign as No. 1?

Graf went on to reign as No. 1 for 377 weeks. Graf had won 22 Grand Slams and was ranked No. 3 in the world when she retired in 1999.

What women holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded?

Lisicki holds the record for a serve of 131 miles per hour. Lisicki did not compete in the 2017 Australian Open because of a shoulder injury.

What man holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded?

Groth hit a service ace at 163.7 mph along with others in the 155 mph range. However, he lost the match 6-4, 6-3.

What made Bjorn Borg decide to retire in 1983?

Borg, then just 26 years old, said, “I had just had enough and I lost the motivation to play.” Now 60, Borg, is a tennis dad to his 13-year old son Leo.

Which player is called the “King of Clay?”

"Rafa" has mastered the ability to be patient on the slower clay courts, mastered sliding and uses lots of topspin on his shots. Speed and mental toughness are winning traits for Nadal as well.

What famous tennis stars are married to each other?

Andre and Steffi were married in 2001, and they have two children. Neither plays professionally any longer. Andre retired because of back problems. Steffi enjoys being out of the spotlight.

Which two teenage female tennis players had their careers shortened due to injuries?

Austin suffered a back injury in an auto accident which healed but continued to be problematic. Jaeger suffered a shoulder injury which ended her career. She is now a nun.

The Battle of the Sexes was a match between Bobby Riggs and what famous female player?

King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, winning $100,000 in the process. Riggs, who was 55 years old and a former Wimbledon champion, came out of retirement to challenge the 29-year-old King.

What was the first major tournament to award equal prize money to both male and female players?

Thank Billie Jean King. In 1973 she threatened to boycott the tournament. The Open caved and granted equal pay. Women everywhere celebrated the win!

What year were yellow tennis balls introduced to the sport?

The International Tennis Federation introduced them in 1972, but yellow balls weren't used at Wimbledon until 1986.

How many ball boys and girls service a match?

There are six ball boys or girls -- now frequently referred to as ball kids. Two are stationed at mid-net and one each is placed near the corners of the court.

When were ball girls first introduced to the sport?

Girls were introduced at Wimbledon. Ball boys have been part of the game since 1920.

Who was the youngest player to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon?

Boris was 17 years old when he won in 1985. Becker is now a coach and until recently had been working with Novak Djokovic.

Where was the U.S. Open played before it was moved to Flushing Meadow?

In 1978 Forest Hills was no longer able to provide enough space to accommodate the Open so it was moved to Flushing Meadow. The club continues serving the community offering tennis, swimming and social events.

Who were the singles title winners at the first U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow?

Evert, the three-time defending champion, defeated Pam Shriver for the win. Connors defeated Björn Borg.

Why did the first steel frame tennis racket, the Wilson T-2000, made famous by Billie Jean King and Jimmy Connors, fall out of favor?

King went back to using a wood frame, but Connors continued to favor the T-2000. Aluminum rackets became the next big thing.

What is Hawk-Eye?

The calling system was introduced in 2006. It is now used in over 80 tournaments.

Which is the first Grand Slam tournament of the year?

It's held in January when temperatures can sometimes reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Players use braided ice towels to combat the heat. There is also an extreme heat policy in place which can be used to halt a match if the temperatures get too hot.

What is a “mini-break?”

It's a point won on your opponent's serve during a tiebreaker. The term can also be used in a normal service game.

Whose famous line was “You cannot be serious!”

McEnroe usually addressed this question to the umpires. He also authored a book by that title, which made the New York Times bestseller list.

Who was the youngest man to win the U.S. Open title?

Sampras won in 1990 at the age of 19. He went on to win again in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 2002.

Who was the first African-American to win a singles title at the U.S. Open?

Ashe won the U.S. Open in 1968. He went on to win the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975.

What former tennis pro, who won seven Grand Slam titles, was nicknamed “Nasty?”

Năstase was the world No. 1 ranked player between 1973 and 1974. He now holds a Senate seat in the Romanian Parliament.

What is a “walkover?”

A match won without any play taking place. Reasons include an opponent’s withdrawal, default or disqualification. The opponent may be sick or injured.

What is a hopper?

A portable cart used to pick up and hold large amounts of tennis balls. In 1968, working out of his garage, Jake Stap founded Ball Hopper Inc. and produced this useful tool.

What role does a Harris hawk named Rufus play at Wimbledon?

Rufus has been chasing pigeons for nine years. He recently acquired a friend named Pollux who shares the work.

What is a “lob?”

It's a high arching shot aimed over the opponent’s head that's designed to allow the player to get into a better position.

Which Grand Slam stadium doesn't have a covered roof?

The French Open’s centre court, Roland Garros, has plans to have a covered roof by 2020. Frequent rain delays often cause cancellation of matches. Players have been known to walk off the courts in annoyance.

Who is responsible for the bracelet name change from “eternity” to “tennis?”

In 1987, when Evert lost her bracelet in the middle of a match, she stopped play to search for it. Why not, it was made from pavé diamonds.

Tennis courts were originally shaped like an hourglass. When were rectangular courts introduced?

Courts became rectangular when the All England Croquet Club at Wimbledon added tennis to its agenda. Hourglass courts were narrow in the middle and wider at each end. They were also shorter than today’s tennis courts.

What tennis term can be used to mock or claim the win in any situation or argument?

Game, Set and Match - You are the winner!!!!

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