Tennis is like that person you know who seems too good to be true, but then you scratch the surface and the wonderful weirdness is revealed. Death by tennis balls? You got it. Pineapples in trophies? Sure, why not. And that is just the beginning.
Enjoy these 9 curious facts about tennis that make it much better:
•Tennis balls can kill
King James of Scotland, I liked to play an early version of tennis that included balls and racquets but no balls, which turned out to be deadly.
James continued to lose balls in the sewage drainage on the corner of the court where he played at the Blackfriars Monastery. This made him angry and what good is it to be king if he cannot decree that an inconvenient sewage drain be sealed immediately?
•Like many whimsical decisions, this biting James again badly
A few days later, the assassins broke into his place to ... kill him. The king tried to dodge the bad guys by going under the floorboards to the drainage system with the intention of escaping through the exit of the tennis court. But instead of a pile of tennis balls clogging the drainage of the sewer that was fleeing, found the newly sealed grate, and then was captured and killed.
The boys on the ball did not officially show up as a result, but the wheels had to be in motion after this, right?
•Pineapples and cream
There is a pineapple on top of the Wimbledon trophy. Apparently, it represents the tradition of English sailors who put pineapples on their poles when they returned from a long journey. I'm not sure how tennis was associated with long trips at sea, but this reminded me of the importance of avoiding scurvy, so ... well done, pineapple trophy.
•The tennis balls were originally white
The yellow balls were used for the first time at Wimbledon in 1986. You know, Wimbledon, where all the rules are discarded with reckless abandon! For more information, see irony, definition of.
•Two gold medals? No problem
The first person to win Olympic gold in tennis, basically, appeared and won.
John Pius Boland was on vacation in Athens during the Olympic Games and his friend, who was on the organizing committee, registered him to play individual tennis. Boland won, then entered the doubles event with the boy he defeated in the first singles round, Friedrich Traun from Germany, and they also won that. I'm glad there was no Twitter in 1896 because the sacred potential #humblebrag.
•The party that lasted 3 days
The longest recorded match took place in 2010 at Wimbledon, when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were gladiators on the courts in an epic ridiculous 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3) , 70 The victory of -68 for Isner lasted three days and lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes.
This took too much time, Wimbledon: Part II.
It was not until 2007 that the prize money for the winners of Wimbledon was made the same for men and women.
•34 minutes to success
In the total opposite polar spectrum of Isner-Mahut, the shortest Grand Slam final ever took place in 1988 when Steffi Graf took Natalia Zvereva to the woodshed in a 6-0, 6-0 victory to defend her title in solo 34 minutes It takes me 34 minutes to find my keys in the morning, but good work, Graf!
•No snowshoes are required
Tennis was initially played with your hands. (Please try this and send us a video). It was called "jeu de paume" (palm game) and people's hands were presumably worn and red until the sixteenth century when they began using rackets.
•No one knows where love came from (Ha. Ha.)
There is no definitive reason why we say "love" for zero in tennis. Some think it comes from the French expression "l'oeuf" as in "egg" which means zero. There is also the possibility that it comes from the Dutch expression "iets voor lof doen", which translates into something like "there is no participation in the game".
Basically, choose your own expression difficult to pronounce and run with it.
By: Preeti Narula