Legends of the tennis ball

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2014 14:05 IST

A volleyfull of the youngest, oldest, greatest champions

Most singles victories

Roger Federer is tied with Pete Sampras with seven titles. He first won tennis's biggest event in 2003 and continued his dominance in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/BrunchJune29/pg_12e.jpgMost aces

Goran Ivaniševic hit 212 aces in the 2001 championships. That year he became the first wild card entrant to win the tournament
The longest Match

Played in 2010 between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, it lasted 11 hours and five minutes, with the final set lasting 485 minutes. There are no tie-breaking procedures at Wimbledon when a match goes to a fifth set. The scoreline read: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/BrunchJune29/pg_12g.jpgPlaying for love

Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert, playing the perfect Wimbledon sweethearts, got engaged after winning their respective finals in 1974
Longest final

In 2009, the longest final in terms of games played featured Roger Federer of Switzerland taking on Andy Roddick of the United States. It went on for 77 games.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/BrunchJune29/pg_12i.jpgYoungest Champ

Martina Hingis became the youngest player to win a Wimbledon title at 15 years and 282 days. She won the doubles championship in 1996
Boy wonder

Boris Becker became the first unseeded player, the youngest men's singles player and the first German player ever to win the men's singles in London in 1985. He was 17 years and 227 days old
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/BrunchJune29/pg_12k.jpgThe British champion

In 2013, Andy Murray became British Wimbledon champion after a gap of 77 long years. Before him, the stylish Fred Perry had lifted the trophy in 1936
Fastest Serve

Men: 148mph by Taylor Dent, 2010

Women: 129mph by Venus Williams, 2008

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