Mumbai: On 2nd Oct 1991, tennis player Steffi Graf created history by becoming the youngest woman to win 500 pro tennis matches at age 22. We take a look at some interesting statistics and facts of a few records set in tennis.
Steffi Graf. Pic/ AFP
>> In 1990, John McEnroe became the first ever tennis player to be expelled from the Australian Open. He began glaring at a lineswoman angrily when he thought she made a bad call.
>> Steffi Graf is also the only player in tennis history to win a Golden Slam ((1988 Australian Open, 1988 French Open, 1988 Wimbledon Championships, 1988 US Open & 1988 Olympic gold medal).
>> Boris Becker became the youngest player to win the Wimbledon men’s title at age 17.
>> The fastest male serve was set by Samuel Groth of Australia at 263.4 km/h. Sabine Lisicki from Germany broke a Venus Williams’ 7-year-old record to set the fastest female serve at 210.8 km/h.
>> The world’s longest tennis match was at the 2010 Wimbledon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut which lasted for a whole 11 hours and 5 min. Isner went on to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68.
>> Venus and Serena Williams are the first sisters in tennis to win Olympic gold medals.
>> Arthur Ashe became the first African American to win the US Open
>> Spencer Gore, the first Wimbledon title champion in 1877, did not think the game of tennis would catch on.
>> Margaret Court holds the overall record for most Grand Slam titles with 24 titles.