For the tennis buffs, it’s time for the most popular Grand Slam of the year. As we are just a week away from live action right under the SW19 in London, Qweekly brings you some ten trivia in the form of a quiz to check your knowledge about the sport and the event. Take the quiz and check your score.

Questions

  1. Apart from tennis, what was the other sport that was played at the All England Club that hosts Wimbledon?
  2. In comparison to the other Grand Slams, Wimbledon provides something special to the doubles champions. What is it?
  3. Who has won the maximum number of men’s singles titles at the Wimbledon?
  4. Who are the tennis players to win the singles event on both the sides of the Open era?
  5. To talk of Roger Federer and his Wimbledon saga, he has played two record finals in succession in 2008 and 2009. What were the significances of those two title matches?
  6. In the open era, who is the only male singles player to win the Wimbledon without dropping a set?
  7. In the open era, which player has won the most titles at the Wimbledon (singles, doubles and mixed combined)?
  8. Chris Evert Lloyd is a popular name in London for being a crowd favourite for the Wimbledon. However, she boasts of an ignominious feat at the All-England. What is it?
  9. In 2010, John Isner and Nicholas Mahut played a game that would be remembered for long time. Why so?
  10. It was very easy to defend a title in Wimbledon till 1922. Why?

Answers

  1. Crocket. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is a private club founded on 23 July 1868, originally as “The All England Croquet Club”. In 1877, the club was renamed “The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club” and signaled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship now known as Wimbledon.
  2. While the other majors provide the winners with a single trophy, the All England Club hands over two similar pieces of silverware to each of the winners. Similarly, the losing finalists too receive a plate each.
  3. William Renshaw (before Open era), Pete Sampras and Roger Federer (7 each). Federer has featured in 10 finals – the most. Overall, Martina Navratilova has won a record 9 titles – the most by a singles player irrespective of gender.
  4. Rod Laver and John Newcombe among the men and Margaret Smith Court and Billie Jean King among the women.
  5. In 2008, Federer lost his crown to Rafael Nadal in an epic that lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes – the longest Wimbledon final ever in terms of time. Next year, Federer clinched his sixth trophy by beating Andy Roddick that decided a winner in its 77th game – the most in a final. The last set itself went for 30 games!
  6. Bjorn Borg did it in 1976 – the first of his five consecutive titles at SW. Here, the Swede boasts of a career record of 51-4 with a 92.72% win record – the most by any singles player. His five-in-a-row was emulated by Roger Federer in 2007.
  7. Martina Navratilova (not much guessing needed). In a span of 28 years, she has won 9 singles, 7 doubles and 4 mixed title for a total of 20 titles. However, she had Billie Jean King for company if we assess all-time record.
  8. The three-time champion Evert lost 7 finals in the singles between 1973 and 1985 – the most in the Open era by any player.
  9. It is the longest ever match. The match lasted a never-ending 11 hours and 5 minutes over the course of 3 days and doubled the previous mark. The last set took a mind boggling 138 games.
  10. Previously, the winners of the last edition were given byes till the final where they would play the best of the current lot for the title challenge. Hence by winning just a match, they could have defended their title.

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