Tennis is a sport which is currently full of top players in the men’s game
Such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Britain, or Scotland’s, Andy Murray.Swiss player Federer is regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time.
He has won 17 grand slams and gold and silver medals at the Olympics.
He has reached the final of Wimbledon 10 times and each Grand Slam final at least five times, which is an all-time record.
Rod Laver, arguably, comes second on the list of all-time greats. The Australian’s 200 singles titles is the record for the most by any player in tennis history.
He also holds the all-time male singles records of 22 titles in a single season back in 1962 and from 1964 to 1970 he won at least 10 titles per season. His grand slam record stands at 11, although he was a professional for five years prior to the open era and, as a result, he was not allowed to enter those tournaments until 1968.
German Steffi Graf has the most grand slam wins by a tennis player, male or female, having picked up 22 titles. She was also ranked as women’s No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for a record 377 weeks - or seven years, two months, three weeks and three days – which is more than any other tennis player.
Graf is rivalled as the greatest women’s tennis player only by Martina Navratilova
who won 18 grand slams. However, Navratilova was also a formidable doubles tennis player. She won 31 major women’s tennis doubles titles, an all-time record, and 10 major mixed doubles titles. She was inducted to the tennis hall of fame in 2000.
Pete Sampras is considered to be the best tennis player the USA has created, although Navratilova eventually became a US citizen having claimed political asylum there from Czechoslovakia in 1981.
Sampras was well known for his precise serve, which earned him the nickname Pistol Pete.
He became the first professional to break Roy Emerson’s pre-open era record of 12 grand slam singles titles and retired with 14 titles under his belt. His seven men’s Wimbledon victories is an all-time record that he holds with Federer and his five US Open wins is also only matched by Jimmy Connors and Federer and bettered by nobody.
He has a record of 71 wins in US Open matches and just nine losses, which is better record than any other play in that tournament.
While Andy Murray is currently challenging for major honours in tennis, he is not considered anywhere near the list of all-time greats. In fact the best British tennis player of all time is widely-regarded as Fred Perry.
He was the first player to win a career grand slam – all four major tennis singles titles. He achieved this at the age of 26 when he won the 1935 French Championship. He remains the only British tennis player to have achieved this feat.
Perry won eight grand slams and two professional slams.
So, what about Tim Henman? Well he was the first player from the UK since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon men’s singles championship, but he never reached the final of a grand slam tournament.
He reached six grand slam semi-finals and picked up 14 ATP titles. However, he was relatively successful. He reached a career high ranking of World No. 4 during three different periods between July 2002 and October 2004 and is one of Britain’s best open era male tennis players winning ,635,542 in prize money.
So where does current world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovik rank? Well, he is a long way off reaching Federer’s total of grand slams, but he is picking up titles at an alarming rate. The Serbian, who was victorious at Wimbledon in 2015, has won nine major tennis singles titles and held the world No. 1 spot in men’s tennis for a total of 159 weeks.
At the age of 28 he shows no signs of letting up
His first grand slam victory came in 2008 at the Australian Open.
He reached the final of that competition without dropping a set and brushing aside defending champion and the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer, for good measure. In the final, Frenchman Jo-Wilfired Tsonga, who was unseeded at the time, was beaten in four sets.
Tennis matches are composed of points, games, and sets. A match is won when a player or a doubles team wins the majority of prescribed sets.
Matches tend to be a best of three or five sets, with the women’s matches more often than not a best of three and the men’s games a best of five.
A set usually consists of a race to six games by opposing players, with a tiebreak played if the set is tied at six games per player.
Serves for the games will alternate and, generally, it is presumed that the player with the serve is favourite to win that game than the player who is receiving. Therefore when a player who is receiving the serve ends up winning, he is said to have broken the other players serve.
A set must be won by at least two clear games
For example 6-4 or 7-5 or it goes to a tiebreak situation.
A player wins a game by scoring four points in that match. If players are tied on three points each, or 40-40, then the match goes to deuce.
A player then must get two points ahead of his opponent in deuce in order to take the game. He if wins one point the umpire will call ‘advantage’ and then say the players name to let both competitors know where the scoring on that match stands and that one of them is on game-point. When the game is won the umpire will call ‘game’ and then the player’s name.
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