May 17, 2024
Tennis

Tennis is one of the most physical and entertaining sports. It is a game in which two opposing players (singles) or pairs of players (doubles) use tautly bound rackets to hit a ball that bounces over a net on a rectangular court. Points are awarded to a player whenever the opponent fails to correctly return the ball within the prescribed extent of the court.

As with every game in sports there are rules, so is it in tennis. The rules of tennis are different but mostly similar for singles matches and double matches. But the most pivotal general rules are:

  • Players/team cannot touch the net or posts or cross onto the opponent’s side.
  • Players/ team cannot carry the ball or catch with the racket.
  • Players cannot hit the ball twice.
  • Players must wait until the ball passes the net before they can return it.
  • A player that does not return a live ball before it bounces twice loses the point.
  • If the ball hits or touches the player that counts as a penalty.
  • If the racket leaves the hand or verbal abuse occurs, a penalty is given.
  • Any ball that bounces on the line of boundary is considered good.
  • A serve must bounce first before the receiving player can return it.

Four Major tournaments in Tennis

The sport of tennis is defined by four major tournaments. They are called Grand Slams – consist of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open (also known as Roland Garros) from around late May to early June, Wimbledon in June and July, and the US Open in August to September.

Each tournament is played over a two week period. The Australian and US Open are played on acrylic hard court, the French on the clay, and the Wimbledon on grass.

Tennis has gained millions of fans, viewers, and sponsors from all over the world. With the biggest stage being the four Grand Slams (the French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon Tour, and US Open) in the four quarter of each year, hundreds and thousands of tennis lovers travel to watch the beautiful game, see their idol play and possibly get their signature or a racket.

All about renowned players in Tennis

The game has given birth to great players with record-holding titles and wins – such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Steffi Garf, Margaret Court, Maria Sharapova, etc. They were impressive for their fierce play and technique, some of which have come from behind to win games.

In recent times, Novak Djokovic has come from behind to win titles, just like the Cincinnati Open. Days ago, in the US Open final, he won a record-breaking twenty-four Grand Slam titles, which many have now nicknamed him the GOAT of Tennis.

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He has proven time and time again how advanced he is in the game, even though he is thirty-six years old. When asked after the match when he would like to retire, “I don’t know. But I would love to be at the 2028 Olympic Games.”

Apart from him, the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who were the major contenders for every Grand Slam and title in the 2000s, have in recent years struggled with injury. Only in 2022 did Rafael Nadal make a shocking comeback to win the Australian Open, after being sidelined for a year due to injury. Roger Federer retired last year, for what many Tennis fanatics believe to be one of the most unforgettable players in Tennis history.

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In the women’s game, the Williams sisters rocked the court for more than two decades. Serena Williams, who many believe to have rewritten the tennis script after winning a total of 39 Grand Slam titles across her career with 23 in singles, fourteen in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles.

This is sixteen more than her sister Venus who has won 21 throughout her career, with seven singles major titles. Before the Williams sisters took the stage Steffi Garf, a German tennis player won 22 Grand Slams from 1987 to 1996 – a record no one has reached in Tennis history. Maria Sharapova won five Grand Slams before she retired in 2020, after struggling with chronic shoulder issues for several years.

There have been many rising youngsters, who are taking charge of the court in recent years. One that has caught the eyes of many fans was Carlos Alacrez. He took us by surprise last year September, after defeating Casper Rudd in the US Open final to win his first major singles title.

In May 2023, he was awarded the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. Many believed he was going to defend his title but he succumbed to defeat to Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion.

Also, Daniil Medvedev has won six masters titles, which has made him a great inspiration to many. Stan Wawrinka has won sixteen ATP singles and three Grand Slam single titles at the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open, and the 2016 US Open. The likes of Audrey Rublev, Frances Tiafoe, Ben Shelton, Hume Rume, and Alexander Zverev have all caught to eyes of Tennis fans with their great serves and technical play.
On the women’s side, Iga Swiatek, a twenty-two-year-old star is known for her French Open amazing run. She won the French Open in 2020, 2022, and 2023. She was the no 1, but after the US Open, she succumbed to a defeat to Ostapenko in the round of 16, making Aryna Sabanlenka the new no 1.

Aryna Sabalenka won this year’s Australian Open after back-to-back semi-finals in Roland Garros and Wimbledon. She was defeated in this year’s US Open by Coco Gauff. Coco won her first major title – the US Open – at age nineteen.

The game doesn’t seem to run dry the oil of memories. And many fans, like us, are hoping that next year’s Grand Slams and other single and masters’ titles bring more memories, entertainment, and tears.

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