With the US Open underway in full swing, this week’s quiz is about Tennis. Let me challenge your mind with remarkable anecdotes form the history of tennis. Let me know how many you can crack!! Answers next week.
Q1. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History acquired a racquet from John Isner in 2010 to showcase as important memorabilia from the history of American Tennis. What was special about this racquet?
Q2: Serena just hung up her boots during the US open. The legend has won 39 Grand Slam titles, 23 singles 14 doubles and 2 mixed doubles. Can you name the player who partnered Serena on both occasions when she won the mixed doubles (both in 1998)?
Q3: What unique event happened before the start of the match between Tim Henman and Michael Llorda during the second round of Wimbledon in 2003?
Q4: Ivan Lendl won the US Open in 1985 and in doing so he stopped one of the most bizarre results that the US open witnessed for the past 11 years in a row. Can you guess what streak did he stop?
Q5: In his recent win over Richard Gasquet in the US open 3rd round, Rafa extended his H2H over Gasquet to 18-0. Believe it or not, talking about most wins without a loss in the open era, Borg has 17-0 against Gerulaitis, Novak has 17-0 over Monfils and Lendl has 17-0 record against Mayotte. Roger has 17-0 record H2H against not just one but 2 players!!!! Can you name them?
Q6: For what peculiar reason Marat Safin was fined $2,000 by the Australian Open authorities in the year 2000 post his first round loss to South African Grant Stafford?
Q7: When Boris Becker won his first ever Wimbledon in 1985, a young player named Leonardo Lavalle Moreno won the Junior Grand Slam at Wimbledon in the same year. What was unique about his win as it relates to the win of Becker in 1985?
Q8: A match was held between Federer and Nadal (the world number #1 and #2 respectively) on May 2nd, 2007 in Palma De Mallorca in which Nadal prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 7-6. What was unique about this match?
Q9: An easy one, you will find the tattoo “give a man a mask and he will become his true self” in the leg of the leading tennis player “A”. When “A” defeated “B”, in 2022 Wimbledon in a highly controversial encounter, “B” took Instagram and used the same quote to take jibe at “A”. Identify the players “A” and “B”.
Q10: Carlos Moya was world number #1 for 2 weeks. Muster, Rios and Kafelinikov held the world number #1 position for 6 weeks each. Which 2 times grand slam winner held his position as world number #1 only for a week?
I really enjoyed reading this.
I almost got all of these right!!