6 Weird & Wild Tennis Facts

6 Weird & Wild Tennis Facts

With the Aus Open in full swing, now is the time to talk tennis. But for those of you who aren’t tennis aficionados here are some interesting, wild or just plain weird facts.


1. Timely tennis

The longest tennis match took 11 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Just no. Why would anyone want to do that to themselves. It makes this next record sound like a walk in the park. The longest Aus Open match went for 5 hours between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in 2012 (Djokovic took the win).


2. Speedy serves

The fastest serve ever came from the Australian Sam Groth at 263.44km.
Somebody has been eating their protein… 


3. Rackets not required

Tennis was originally played with your hands and was called “jeu de paume” fame of the palm.
I say we bring back the old school way of playing! 


4. What is love?

No one really knows why we say “love” for zero in tennis. Sorry to disappoint wild carnivores. 


5. A whole bunch of balls

Over 48,000 tennis balls are used during the Aus Open. Balls are used throughout the games then sold to the crowd – presumably to be hit around local club courts and fetched by dogs – lucky things! 


6. Why are tennis balls yellow?

Before 1972 all tennis balls were white but with the adoption of colour TV yellow balls were introduced as they are more visible on screen.

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