17 Tennis Trivia Facts to Whiff Swings On

(Last Updated On: June 30, 2022)

You might just recognize tennis for its weird scoring system, or how you can play it on a table. If you’ve ever played tennis you probably also remember whiffing like every serve–and then maybe giving up to go play a different sport. Either way, if you can’t return a tennis ball, you can at least return some tennis trivia facts.

17 Tennis Trivia Facts 

1. Tennis balls were white or black until 1972 so they would appear better on TV.

2. Also in 2018 there was an internet fight over what color tennis balls were, like the whole blue and black/yellow and white dress thing. 

3. Over 54,000 tennis balls are prepared each year for Wimbledon.

4. Wimbledon balls aren’t just popped out of the tube either, they have to be kept at exactly 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). They get swapped every nine games (per match) so players are always using a new ball. The entire set is also thrown out every seven games. 

5. Ever seen those people who have to take running positions and sprint after tennis balls during a match? Well the ATP World Tour in Brazil had dogs serve as the ball boys

6. Wimbledon and strawberries are a thing thanks to the Victorians. About 61,700 pounds of strawberries are consumed each Wimbledon. 

7. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club works hard to keep pigeons away from the courts. Right now, this is done with a Hawk named Rufus

8. About 40 miles of string is used to repair tennis rackets over the two weeks Wimbledon takes place.

9. Wimbledon is super particular about what you can and can’t wear. Anything that isn’t white must follow a one centimeter guide.

10. Off-white or cream don’t count as white.

11. The loudest tennis grunt was measured at 101.2 decibels and came from former world No. 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova. Which is apparently comparable to a live concert.

12. The fastest tennis serve is 163.7 miles per hour (263.4 kilometers per hour) by Sam Groth. Average serves are 118-124 miles per hour (190-200 kph).

13. At the 2007 US Open, Roger Federer won 105 consecutive points with no unforced errors. 

14. Martina Navratilova has the most cumulative titles of all time, at 354.

15. The first Wimbledon was held in 1877 and only had 21 players. 22 registered but there was a no-show.

16. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam played on grass, which is cut to exactly 0.3 inches (8 millimeters).

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