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- In the Open Era (since 1968) which three players have won the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title more than three times?
- When was the first Australian Open?
- Which is the only Open to use a tie-breaker in every set?
- When did the WTA start?
- Who is the tallest tennis player and what height is he?
- What was the longest set ever played?
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- Roger Federer tops the list of Wimbledon Singles titles with 8, beginning in 2003 with a win in three sets against Mark Philippoussis and the latest in 2017 in three sets again against Marin Cilic. Pete Sampras has won 7 from 1993 to 2000, only missing 1996 where he lost in the quarterfinals to Richard Krajicek. Bjorn Borg won 5 consecutive titles from 1976-1980.
- The Australasian Championships were first held in 1905 in Melbourne, Australia, including a Men’s Singles and Doubles competition. It became a major championship in 1924 and became known as the Australian Open in 1969 when professionals were admitted, one year later than the other three Grand Slam tournaments.
- James Van Alen introduced the tie-breaker in 1965 as a way of speeding up matches. The US Open started using sudden-death scoring in 1970 and Wimbledon the tie-break the following year. The Australian and French Opens use a tie-breaker in the final set of doubles matches but not singles. The US Open is the only major tournament where the tie-break is used for singles and doubles for every set.
- The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was created in 1972 to organize and safeguard male tennis players. One year later in 1973, Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Tennis Association.
- Ivo Karlovic stands 211cm (6ft 11in) and holds numerous records for aces and fastest serves. That’s pretty tall especially when compared to the shortest tennis player in history, C.G. Hoahing, a British player appearing at Wimbledon in 1949. She was just 144cm (4ft 9in).
- The tie-breaker has done much to both increase the drama and shorten the length of matches. However only the US Open uses a tie-breaker in the final set meaning some matches can, and do, continue quite some time. The 2010 Wimbledon first round match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut holds several records for both time and games played. The final set was won by Isner 70-68.
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