16 Things You Didn't Know About Tennis

16 Things You Didn't Know About Tennis

1. Every year, 250 boys and girls are selected to serve as Ball Kids at Wimbledon. The average age is 15 years old.

2. Each Wimbledon fortnight, a Harris Hawk named Rufus is hired to keep the area clear of local pigeons. Not only that, he has over 10k followers on Twitter. Everyone needs a side hustle.

3. 24 tons of strawberries are eaten every year at Wimbledon.

4. The International Tennis Federation states that a tennis ball must be between 56.0 and 59.4 grams, and the length of a tennis racquet under 29 inches.

5. Maria Sharapova owns the crown of loudest grunt at 105 decibels. For reference, that is louder than a motorcycle or lawn mower. 
Also, what a weird job for whoever measures tennis grunt decibels.

6. Every year over 54,000 tennis balls are used during Wimbledon. The used cans can be purchased throughout the grounds.

7. The grass at Wimbledon is required to be cut to exactly 8mm during the tournament.

8. Jimmy Connors is the only player to have won the US Open on three different surfaces. It was played on grass at Forest Hills in 1974, clay at Forest Hills in 1976, and hard court at Flushing Meadows in 1978.

9. In a tennis match, a player runs an average of three miles.

10. It wasn't until 1986 that tennis balls were yellow/green (what colour do you think they are?). Up until then, they were always white, making this challenging game even harder when you lost a ball in the clouds.

11. The first player to wear shorts at Wimbledon was Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1932. 

12. Every Grand Slam has been played on a different surface except for Wimbledon.

13. You know the French Open is played at Roland Garros, but did you know the stadium is named after a World War 1 Pilot?

14. Sam Groth holds the title of fastest serve ever achieved at the Busan Open in 2012. It was recorded at a whopping 163.4 mph.

15. In the first Wimbledon tournament, the women who played were required to wear full length dresses. 
Practical and comfortable.

16. Wimbledon was originally a croquet club.

Do you have any weird tennis facts that we don't know about? Let us know in the comments!

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