Andre Agassi, one of the greatest ever male tennis players (and husband of Steffi Graf, one of the greatest ever female tennis players), wrote in his autobiography that "I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have" npr.org/2009/11/11/120248…
Serena Williams, often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, voiced Ming the Prison Guard on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", after she said it was her "favorite show" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
'90s tennis star Andre Aggasi's iconic long rock-star hair was a wig which required extensive preparation to remain on his head during play. Aggasi claimed he lost the 1990 French Open final because he was so preoccupied that it would fall off during the match. telegraph.co.uk/news/cele…
Today I learned about the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game system. Although selling only about 350,000 copies, Magnavox and its creators made over $100 million from lawsuits over patent violations including the console and its popular game Table Tennis which was duplicated by Atari's Pong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Tennis legend Roger Federer also runs a Children's Education charity in Africa that has created and funded the curriculum for 7,000 schools and 1.5 million students so far rogerfedererfoundation.or…
Richard Nixon was indirectly involved in the creation of professional women's tennis. After he banned cigarette ads from radio and television in 1970, Virginia Slims needed another way to reach young women smokers so they helped create and sponsor the first women-only tennis tournaments. usta.com/en/home/pro/pro-…
The 'Hubble Deep Field image' covers an area of the sky equal to holding a tennis ball at 100 metres away, and contains over 10,000 galaxies, each one with around 100 billions stars in it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Tennis athletes runs at least two times more distance than the most active American Football players in each of their respective matches. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Today I learned about the Steinway Tower, 111 West 57th, the thinnest skyscraper in the world. The tower is the 3rd tallest in New York (1,438ft /84 story) with a width-to-height ratio of 1:24. The 60ft-wide base is less than the length of a tennis court (78ft) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111…
In October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game called β€œTennis for Two” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Four months before his infamous match against Billie Jean King, 55-year old Bobby Riggs played against the top-ranked female tennis player at the time, Margaret Court. He won easily in straight sets: 6-2, 6-1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Gorgeous Gussie, A Tennis Player from the 40's and 50's made famous by her frilly knickers! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The longest tennis match in history was played at Wimbledon in 2010. It was 11 hours and 5 minutes long, played over 3 days. The final set lasted 8 hours and 11 minutes-longer than the previous record. After, both players and the umpire were given a crystal bowl and champagne flutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isn…
Today I learned of the match at the 1995 French Open between Jana Novatna & Chanda Rubin, in the 3rd set Novotna led 5-0, 40-0, the biggest lead possible in a tennis set, but somehow managed to squander it blowing nine match points and losing the match independent.co.uk/sport/n…
Tennis balls are green/yellow because they were the easiest for viewers at home to see on their colour TVs. Before that, they were white artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Former British number 1 tennis star Andy Murray was at Dunblane Primary School on the day of the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre scotsman.com/news/uk-news…
Today I learned about Ibrahim Hamato, a para table tennis player who reached the paralympics of Rio 2016 playing with his mouth, as he has no arms. youtube.com/watch?v=mrQEo…
Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game in 1958. It was a very simple tennis game, similar to the classic 1970s video game Pong. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Harold Blauer, a professional tennis player who sought help for his depression and was unknowingly given experimental medication. His death was covered up by the CIA for 22 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 1498 Charles VIII of France, eager to attend a tennis match, banged his head on a door frame. He died a few hours later as a result of the injury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
An annual Tennis award, the ATP Fan's Favourite has only ever had three different winners in its 20 years of existence. Gustavo Kuerten (2000), Marat Safin (2001,2002) and Roger Federer (2003,'04,'05,'06,'07,'08,'09,'10,'11,'12,'13,'14,'15,'16,'17,'18,'19) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP…
In '92 world #1 Tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed during a match by an obsessed fan of her rival, Steffi Graf who wanted Graf to regain the #1 ranking. It permanently derailed her career as she suffered physical wounds, PTSD, and depression. The man served less than 6 months in detention. ndsmcobserver.com/2019/04…
The longest ever wedding veil was 6,962.6 m (22,843 ft 2.11 in)- that's approximately 293 tennis courts- and was laid down in rows on a field guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The first year basketball was played in the Olympics was during the 1936 Berlin games and was played outdoors on a dirt/clay court designed for tennis. During the gold medal game played between USA and Canada it rained 2" and both teams only managed to score 8 points combined in the 2nd half. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
There is a disagreement about what color people say tennis balls are, with 52% saying green, 42% saying yellow and 6% saying "other" theatlantic.com/science/a…
Richard Norris Williams survived Titanic sinking, but spent too much time in freezing water and rescue doctor recommended amputation of both his legs. He refused and proceeded to win his first tennis tournament a few months later and became Wimbledon doubles champion in 1920. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
There exists a sport called "Real Tennis"(also known as "The Sport of the Kings") which is a mixture of both Squash and Tennis and played in a doubly asymmetric court with walls on all 4 sides en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
The engine Rockstar Games invented 13 years ago for Table Tennis is the same engine that created GTA5 and Red Dead II (RAGE) digitalspy.com/videogames…
Today I learned of nuclear physicist William Higinbotham who was a part of the team that developed the first atomic bomb, a leading figure in Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons movement, and the creator of 'Tennis for Two', which is widely considered as the first video game. aps.org/publications/apsn…
Tennis balls were white until the 1970s when they were made yellow to be seen easier on color tv. cnn.com/style/article/art…
The longest pro men's tennis match was 11 hrs and 5 mins over 3 days, including a 138-game final set, won by John Isner; the longest women's game was 6 hrs and 31 mins, which was only straight sets but included a record-breaking 29-minute, 643-shot rally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned about The Dzhanibekov Effect aka Tennis Racket Effect which describes the motion of objects with 3 main axes of rotation. It has been understood for 150 years but in low gravity, you can see such objects flipping their orientation back and forth at regular intervals as they spin on their own. youtube.com/watch?v=1VPfZ…
Today I learned that used tennis balls from Wimbledon are recycled as housing for harvest mice to help them protect them. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Elton John's song "Philadelphia Freedom" was written in honor of tennis player Billie Jean King, who played on a team called the Philadelphia Freedoms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Pickleball, a game that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong, has been around since 1965 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Tennis great Roger Federer spent roughly $13.5 million on 81 pre-schools in Malawi, hoping to improve the lives of over 150,000 Malawian children by 2021. howafrica.com/legendary-r…
Use of "love" for a zero score in tennis likely evolved from the French ("l'Ε“uf"=the egg), a a prominent object that looks like the number zero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
A French man drugged 27 of his children’s tennis rivals between 2000-2003 to help them win. His youngest victim was 11 years old. He was arrested for manslaughter after a man died in a car accident due to his poisoning, and was given an 8-year sentence. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
Upon graduating, Teddy Roosevelt's doctor advised him to pursue a desk job and avoid strenuous physical activity due to serious heart problems. Ignoring this, he instead pursued activities like regular exercise, boxing, tennis, hiking, rowing, polo and horseback riding, even into his presidency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tennis balls were originally black or white. They changed to the yellow color in 1972 because it is easier to see on tv. itftennis.com/technical/b…
Gerald Ford was in excellent health and was certainly one of the most athletic Presidents. He exercised with weights every day in his White House study and played tennis regularly with his family or his staff millercenter.org/presiden…
A man attempted to board a cruise ship by bungee jumping off a bridge as it sailed below. He miscalculated the speed and suffered minor head injuries when he bounced off the ship’s tennis court, volleyball net and a deck railing before being left dangling in mid-air as the ship sailed away. badgerherald.com/sports/2…
Author J.D. Salinger was the Entertainment Cruise Director for the MS Kunsholm for three weeks in 1941; he was responsible for making sure 1,500 passengers had fun cruising the West Indies, which included organizing deck tennis games and dancing with single ladies on board independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Professional tennis matches use different balls based on gender. mamamia.com.au/different-…
The modern polo shirt was designed so the collar would intentionally be popped, preventing the sun from burning tennis players' necks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Tennis balls were originally black or white, but changed to yellow to make them easier to see when watching tennis on TV designsecrets.org/tennisb…
Today I learned about William Higinbotham, an American physicist who not only created one of the first video games of all time back in 1958, 'Tennis for Two', but was also a part of the team of scientists who developed the first nuclear bomb. history-computer.com/Mode…
Your lungs have the surface area of approximately 50-75 sq metres, enough to cover the area of one side of a tennis court. healthline.com/human-body…
Tennis balls were traditionally black or white. They were changed to yellow in 1972 after research showed they were more visible on television. tennisweek.com/behind-the…
One of the current top US Tennis players is named Tennys, and is from Tennessee. businessinsider.com.au/te…
The 2020 Olympics will add more than two dozen new events to the games; including Surfing, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Co-Ed Team Judo, Two forms of Karate, and Co-Ed Doubles Table Tennis. teamusa.org/News/2018/Jul…
William Higinbotham, the designer and programmer of Tennis for Two (the world's first video game), also designed the ignition mechanism of the world's first nuclear bomb, then co-founded the nuclear non-proliferation group Federation of American Scientists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
David Attenborough, as Controller of BBC 2, introduced Colour TV to (Western) Europe, with the outside broadcast of the tennis at Wimbledon in the Summer of 1967. radiotimes.com/news/2017-…
As a male Swiss citizen, Roger Federer was compulsorily required to serve in the armed forces. However, in 2003, despite already having become a tennis pro, he was deemed 'unfit' because of a back problem, and was relieved of his obligations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
There's a tennis club inside Grand Central Terminal grandcentralterminal.com/…
A tennis racquet is made up of a single string (12m avg.) tenniscompanion.org/types…
The younger son of US President Calvin Coolidge died from an infected blister he got playing tennis without wearing socks. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
The KKK tried to to set up a kerosene-soaked cross at Spring Hill College due to its supporting the civil rights movement. When the students were alerted they chased the Klansmen away with whatever items they could use as weapons like golf clubs, tennis rackets, bricks, and softball bats. americamagazine.org/issue…
Men's tennis players use a different type of tennis ball than women tennis.com/gear/2011/09/b…
Pingpong (table tennis) was invented by British and pingpong it's actually trademarked name belonging to British company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
The English words "sport", "champion", "challenge", "record", "tennis" and "hockey" are in fact of Old French origin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
In 1998, Serena and Venus Williams said they could beat any man ranked 200th or worse in a game of tennis. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203th, accepted their challenge and easily beat them, 6-1, 6-2. topendsports.com/sport/te…
In 1998, Serena and Venus Williams said they could beat any man ranked 200 or worse in a game of tennis. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203, accepted the challenge and easily beat them, 6-1, 6-2. mid-day.com/opinion/2010/…
USA has never won Olympic medals in just 3 sports: handball, badminton, and table tennis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The famous Hubble Deep Field image covered an area of sky the size of a tennis ball, yet found over 3,000 galaxies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Today I learned of the Versailles House, a home being built in Florida that will have 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, five total pools, a video arcade, a two-story movie theater, a fitness center, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, and 2 tennis courts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Charles VIII, King of France, bumped his head on a door's frame entering a tennis court and died from it hours later. alphahistory.com/pastpecu…
The top 3 male tennis players in the world are the same as they were 10 years ago atptour.com/en/rankings/s…
The zero score term, "Love",in Tennis comes the French word for Egg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Serena and Venus Williams claimed they could beat any male tennis player ranked 200 or below. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203, beat each of them 6-1 and 6-2 respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1949 at Wimbledon, "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran wore a skirt that exposed her knees, causing Wimbledon officials to complain that she was "bringing vulgarity and sin into tennis." nytimes.com/2013/01/19/sp…
Tennis player Stan Smith earns royalty, even after 40 years, for his shoe deal with Adidas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi…
Roger Federer has ranked in the top 100 male tennis players for 1000 consecutive weeks (almost 20 years). atpworldtour.com/en/playe…
Tennis legend Andre Agassi has dedicated his post tennis career to education for children, starting his own foundation and investing in the award-winning educational technology company Square Panda. Square Panda has taught thousands of kids to read including many with development disabilities. amp.timeinc.net/time/5303…
R. Norris Williams survived the Titanic sinking, but spent a such long time in the icy Atlantic ocean that doctors wanted to amputate his legs. He refused, recovered and went on to win his 1st US Tennis Championship that same year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._…
Wimbledon employs a bird of prey, Rufus the Hawk, to keep pigeons away from the tennis courts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
Jim Henson made the original Kermit puppet using his mom's coat and two halves of a table tennis ball. americanhistory.si.edu/bl…
Today I learned of Edward Stuart Baker, a man who survived a panther attack by shoving his left arm down its throat. Despite losing his arm, he remained a formidable tennis player and even won a local tournament several years later. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
In tennis you don't necessarily have to hit the ball over the net. You can go around it. youtu.be/Sqxd6h6N_DE
The first game to use the RAGE engine (GTA V and RDR 2) was a table tennis simulation game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
During the Battle for Castle Itter, French tennis star Jean Borotra vaulted the castle wall and ran a gauntlet of SS gunfire to get allied reinforcement. He requested a uniform and returned with the unit to fight the SS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
During the famous Battle for Castle Itter, one of the formerly imprisoned Frenchmen that helped in the fighting was tennis star Jean Borotra. He volunteered to climb over the walls of the castle during the fighting, and ran to get help from the nearest town. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When a Canadian nuclear reactor melted down in the 1950s, Jimmy Carter was one of the Americans sent to help. His crew built an exact replica of the reactor on a Tennis court to practice disassembling it, and had to enter and take apart the reactor one piece at a time, 90 seconds at a time. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
The Newport Casino, home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the first US Lawn Tennis Association championship, was established by James Bennet in 1880 after he was kicked out of the Newport Reading Room for betting a friend he wouldn't ride his horse into the prestigious social club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
A brick of gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court amnh.org/exhibitions/gold…
Travis Kalanick, billionaire founder and CEO of Uber, is the #2 ranked Wii Tennis player in the world pando.com/2015/02/05/my-d…
The first video game-Tennis For Two-was invented by a nuclear physicist in the 1950s. bnl.gov/about/history/fir…
John C. McGinley, known for explosive rants as Dr. Cox in Scrubs, is friends with John McEnroe, known for his explosive rants as a pro tennis player en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Tennis star, John Patrick McEnroe's youngest brother's name is Patrick John McEnroe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
A British man, Mark Roberts, has streaked at major events over 500 times, including at the Olympics, major political rallies, a Mr. Universe contest, a Miss World contest, tennis matches, the bull run in Pamplona, and the Super Bowl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
During the 1983 Boys’ Single Final of the US Open, former tennis #1 Stefan Edberg accidentally caused the death of a line judge after hitting him on his groin with the serve. legendsrevealed.com/sport…
The #203 ranked male Tennis player beat Serena and Venus Williams after he played a round of golf and had a few beers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Balls are different for men and women in pro tennis techly.com.au/2016/03/31/…
The name Tetris is a combination of "Tetrominos", a shape that are composed of four cubes, and "Tennis", Pajitnov's (the creator of Tetris) favorite sport. The first versions of the game did not have music or Russian themes. Those were added later to market to an American audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
Tetris was programmed by Soviet game maker Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. The name is a combination of "tennis" and "tetromino", a geometric shape composed of 4 squares connected orthogonally(perpendicular). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
Female tennis player Esther Vergeer went on a decade long winning streak in wheelchair singles ended only by her retirement. Her streak lasted 470 matches and brought her 7 Paralympic gold medals and 21 grand slam singles titles. nytimes.com/2013/02/13/sp…
Larry Brantley, the voice of the Jack Russell Terrier on the PBS show Wishbone, got the gig after improvising for five minutes about the dog staring at a tennis ball: "I walked out of the audition saying, 'I can't believe I just did five minutes about a tennis ball.' And then I got the job." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wis…
Rene Lacoste, the tennis player, invented the polo shirt artofmanliness.com/articl…
Croatian tennis player Goran Ivanisevic said during a 1993 NYT interview about the experience of firing a machine gun, "It was a nice feeling, all the bullets coming out. I was thinking it would be nice to have some Serbs standing in front of me." He never faced repercussions for this statement. nytimes.com/1993/02/28/sp…

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