The Fascinating World of Tennis

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Hi my name is Jake and I am going to talk about one of my favorite sports, tennis. Tennis is a fast paced game and is highly popular throughout the world. Originally started in the United States, tennis is now played in 120 countries. Most of the well known players are from either the US or Europe. Tennis is a great way to bring players from around the world to come together for peaceful, cultural cooperation and friendships.

The rules of tennis are simple to understand. There are three stages of the game: game, set and match. To win a game a player must score 4 times. The points are 15, 30, 40 and then game point. If both players reach 40 then that is called a deuce and from there a player must score twice to win the game. If they only score once, it goes back to deuce and continues until someone wins the game by two points. There are boundaries in which a the ball needs to land. If a player’s rally ends with putting the ball in bounds, they receive the point. However, if the player hits the net or hits it out of bounds, the opposing player receives the point. For a player to win a set they must win six games. A player must win by at least two games, so if you are up six to five you would need to win a seventh game in order to win the set. If however, both players wins six games, it then goes to a tiebreaker in order to win that set. In order to win the match, a player must win 3 sets in a best 3 out of 5. The fifth set, with the exception of the US open, lasts for an infinite amount of games until one player wins by two games.  The average length of a tennis match ranges from one hour to 3 and a half hours. The length depends on how quickly a player can score points and how many sets are played. It can be real easy to miss something if you are not paying attention.

During the course of the tennis season, players will play multiple tournaments and earn points for the world rankings. Depending on their world ranking and the tournaments they’ve won, they earn prize money on top of the money they receive from their sponsors.  Both the ATP which is the men’s tour and the WTA which is the women’s tour play final tournaments. The women’s final tournament is played at Singapore and the winner becomes the world champion. The men’s final is played in London.

In addition to all of the side tournaments played, tennis has four major tournaments played in four different countries. These tournaments are the French Open, British Open, United States Open and the Australian Open. Each of these are called Grand Slam singles and if you win all of them in the calendar year you win a trophy called the Grand Slam. Also, every 4 years tennis players compete in the summer Olympics. The next summer Olympic Games is in Rio de Janeiro in August of this year. These tournaments are a great way to bring many people and cultures from around the world to come together for a time of peace and and friendships.

Like every sport there is always that one player, play or match that becomes a legendary moment for decades to come. For example the longest match in the history of the game lasted 11 hours and five minutes . This was a result from the 5 set match in Wimbledon where in the fifth set John Isner finished the match with a 6-4 ,3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68 win over Nicolas Mahut. Due to the fact that they had to pause the game a couple of times due to darkness, this match actually lasted 3 days even though the recorded match length was 11 hours and five minutes. The player with the most Grand Slam singles titles on the men’s side is Roger Federer with 17 and Pete Sampras in second with 14. On the womens’ side Margaret Court has won 24 Grand Slam singles titles with Steffi Graf in second with 22 and Serena Williams in third with 20. If you were to try and keep track of every statistic in tennis past and present you would drive yourself crazy.

While tennis may seem boring on the surface when you dig deeper in you might find a different perspective to the game and that’s what happened to me. The sport is fun, fast exciting and very entertaining. So the next time you find yourself bored with nothing to do try watching tennis.

 

 

Jake M.

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