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Tennis Trivia

Tennis Knowledge
The Tennis Professional

  1. Meaning of sportsmanship?
  2. Meaning of respect?
  3. Who invented Tennis and what year?
  4. What are the four Grand Slam tournaments, also called the Majors?
  5. What is a Grand Slam?
  6. Who are the only two men to have won the Grand Slam?
  7. Who has won the most Grands Slam tennis titles in a row (non-consecutive)?
  8. What surface is the Australian Open played on?
  9. What surface is the U.S. Open played on?
  10. What surface is the French Open played on?
  11. What surface is Wimbledon played on?
  12. Are you aloud to reach your racquet over the net to hit a ball?
  13. How much time are you aloud in-between points?
  14. How much time are you aloud on change over?
  15. In no-add scoring, what happens at 3 points all?
  16. How do you play a super 10 tie-breaker?
  17. Do USTA rules aloud time after the first played game to sit down on changeover?
  18. What is the grassroots of athletics?
  19. Who was the youngest player to ever win the U.S. Open?
  20. How high is the net at the side line or alley?
  21. How high is the net in the middle?
  22. When was the Australian Open first played?
  23. Who is John Wooden?
  24. What are the dimensions of a tennis court?
  25. What is the Davis Cup?
  26. What is the Woman’s version of the Davis Cup called?
  27. What top-ranked woman’s pro hit with two hands from both sides?
  28. What professional tennis player served both right and left handed?
  29. Why are the tennis balls numbered?
  30. What French tennis player started a clothing line with the crocodile as its logo?
  31. The French Open stadium court is named after Roland Garros. Who was Roland Garros?
  32. Who played in the “Battle of the Sexes” math in 1973, and who won?
  33. What did tennis legend Rod Laver wear in his tennis hat to help beat the heat?
  34. Who were the four musketers?
  35. Who has won the most USTA senior titles?


  1. Sportsmanship is conformance to the rules, spirit, and etiquette of sport. The Soul of sport. “good sport” involves being a “good winner” as well as being a “good loser”.
  2. To treat with courteous expressions of regard to feel or show honor or esteem for.
  3. Major Walter Clopton Wingfield invented land tennis in 1873, which later became the tennis we know today.
  4. Australian Open, U.S. Open, French Open, Wimbledon
  5. The four Grand Slam tournaments, also called the Majors, are the most important tennis events of the year in terms of world ranking points, tradition, prize-money awarded, and public attention. A singles player or doubles team that wins all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year is said to have achieved the Grand Slam. If the player or team wins all four consecutively, but not in the same calendar year, it is called a Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam. Winning all four at some point in a career, even if not consecutively, is referred to as a Career Grand Slam, while winning the four majors and a gold medal in tennis at the Summer Olympics has been called a Golden Slam since 1988, when Steffi Graf accomplished that feat in a single calendar year.
  6. Don Budge (1938) Rod Laver (1962 • 1969)
  7. Helen Wills Moody won all 16 of the Grand Slam singles tournaments she played beginning with the 1924 U.S. Championships and extending through the 1933 Wimbledon Championships (not counting her defaults in the 1926 French and Wimbledon Championships). The first 15 of those were won without losing a set. During this period, she won 6 Wimbledons, 4 French Championships, and 6 U.S. Championships. She also won the 1924 Summer Olympics during this period. Moody never entered the Australian Championships.
  8. A cushioned, acrylic rollout known as Plexicushion.
  9. Hard Court
  10. Red Clay
  11. Grass
  12. No. But, you are aloud to hit a ball and follow-through over the net, without touching the net.
  13. 25 seconds
  14. 60 seconds
  15. Receiver can choose which side to return serve and 1 point is played for the game.
  16. A super tie-break is played when a match is 1 set all or 2 sets all. The winner of a super tie-break is the player who reaches 10 points first with a 2 point advantage. If a 2 point advantage is not reached then the tie break continues until one is. The same as a normal tie break except the winner must reach 10 points instead of 7. The first player serves one point from the right, then each player serves 2 points, one from the left and one from the right. You must also have 2 more points than your opponent to win, change ends after every 6 points.
  17. No. After the first game you change sides without sitting down. This is because you just had a 5 minute warm-up. This helps speed up the match.
  18. sportsmanship
  19. Pete Sampras
  20. Charlotte (Lottie) Dod became the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon singles event when, in 1887, she won at the age of 15 years, 285 days. In 1996 Martina Hingis became a Wimbledon doubles champion at 15 years, 282 days. 1985 Boris Becker, aged 17 was the youngest to win the Men’s championship.
  21. 3 feet
  22. 1905
  23. The greatest coach ever…Winningest-ever college coach. John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010[1]) was an American basketball coach. He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. John Wooden coached the basketball team at UCLA for 27 years. Under his leadership, the Bruins won 620 games and lost just 147. They won ten NCAA championships, and went undefeated through four different complete seasons — 1963-64, 1966-67, 1971-72, and 1972-73. Wooden’s Bruins established a still-standing record 88-game winning streak, before losing on 19 January 1974 at Notre Dame, 71-70.
  24. 78 feet (23.78 m) long, 39 feet on a side. Its width is 27 feet (8.23 m) for singles matches and 36 feet (10.97 m) for doubles matches. The service line is 21 feet (6.40 m) from the net. Additional clear space around the court is needed in order for players to reach overrun balls for a total of 60 feet (18.3 m) wide and 120 feet (36.7 m) long. A net is stretched across the full width of the court, parallel with the baselines, dividing it into two equal ends. The net is 3 feet 6 inches (1.07 m) high at the posts, and 3 feet (0.914 m) high in the center.
  25. The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men’s tennis. The biggest annual international team competition in sports[1], the Davis Cup is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested between teams of players from competing countries in a knock-out format. The competition began in 1900 as a challenge between Great Britain and the United States. In 2005, 134 nations entered teams into the competition. The most successful countries over the history of the tournament are the United States (winning 32 tournaments and finishing as runners-up 29 times) and Australia (winning 28 times, including four occasions with New Zealand under the name ‘Australasia’, and finishing as runners-up 19 times).
  26. The Federation(or Fed) Cup
  27. Monica Seles
  28. Luke Jensen
  29. So you can identify your ball if it rolls onto another court.
  30. Rene Lacoste
  31. Roland Garros (1888-1918) was a leading pre-war French aviator and gained renewed fame during the First World War.
  32. Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Billie Jean won.
  33. A cabbage leaf
  34. The Four Musketeers (in French Les Quatre Mousquetaires) were four outstanding tennis players from France, given their name from the Alexandre Dumas book The Three Musketeers. They dominated the game of tennis in the second half of the 1920s and early 1930s, winning numerous Grand Slam titles. They also led France to six consecutive Davis Cup victories, 1927 through 1932, in the days in which Cup matches had a national importance equivalent to today’s World Cup finals.
    • The Musketeers were:
    • Jean Borotra (1898-1994), called “The Bounding Basque”
    • Jacques Brugnon (1895-1978), called “Toto”
    • Henri Cochet (1901-1987), called “The Ballboy of Lyons”, at least by Time Magazine
    • René Lacoste (1904-1996), called “The Alligator” or “The Crocodile”
  35. Dorothy “Dodo” Bundy Cheney (born September 1, 1916, in Los Angeles, California). Now 91 years old, Cheney still competes in tennis events and currently holds the record for the most United States Tennis Association senior titles — more than 300.


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