Pauls Tennis Quiz 1

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1. Which Rudyard Kipling poem greets competitors before they enter the centre court at Wimbledon ?

2. Which racquet did "rocket" Rod Laver use like a magic wand whilst winning the Grand Slam ?

3. According to most tennis experts, which left-handed Aussie who played right-handed had the best back-hand in the world in the 50's, 60's and early 70's ? ( He lost in four Wimbledon finals, two in the 50's, another two the 70's )

4. Due to superstition, what didnt Bjorn Borg do during the Wimbledon fortnight?

5. Which tennis legend took part in the longest Wimbledon match ever ?

6. Name the finalists Bjorn Borg met while winning his five Wimbledon titles in a row.

7. In the mid 70's , which US player had the fastest serve in the world ?

8. Who defeated Ivan Lendl in a French Open final with cheeky underhand serves ?

9. What did Major Walter Clopton Wingfield call his new game tennis when he went to the patent office in 1874 ?

10. What was unusual about Dr. Renee Richards wearing a bit of skirt at Wimbledon ?

11. They said it could'nt be done, winning the men's singles title with a two-handed backhand. Who was the first man to accomplish this feat?


1. If .  "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same" IF you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; if you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, and - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

2. Dunlop Maxply.Rodney George ("Rod") Laver (born August 9, 1938, in Rockhampton, Australia) is a former tennis player from Australia who was the World No. 1 player for up to 7 consecutive years. More famously, he is the only player in tennis history to have twice won all four of tennis' Grand Slam singles titles in the same year?first as an amateur in 1962, and then again as a professional in 1969. For this achievement, Laver is considered by many tennis fans to be the greatest player of all time.

3. Ken RosewallKenneth Robert ("Ken") Rosewall (born November 2, 1934 in Sydney, Australia) is a former champion tennis player with a renowned backhand who enjoyed an exceptionally long career at the very highest levels from the early 1950s to the early 1970s. He was one of the two best male players for about nine years and was the World No. 1 player for a number of years in the early 1960s. During his career he was ranked among the top 20 players, amateur or professional, every year from 1952 to 1977. Rosewall was born into a family that played tennis and owned tennis courts. A natural left-hander, he was taught by his father to play right-handed. Perhaps as a result of this unorthodox training (or in spite of it), he developed a powerful and very effective backhand but never had anything more than an accurate but relatively soft serve.

4. He didn't shave

5. Pancho Gonzales  ( vs. Charlie Pasarel )

6. Five Answers; 
    I. Nastase,
    Jimbo Conners (two times) ,
    Roscoe Tanner,
    John. McEnroe

7. Roscoe Tanner Roscoe Tanner (born October 15, 1951) was a professional American male tennis player and World No. 4 in 1979. He was born in Chattanooga and with Sandy Mayer helped to lead Stanford University's rise to the number 1 spot in collegiate tennis in 1973. Tanner played number one singles, with Mayer playing number two. The team also featured Rick Fisher, Stanley Pasarell, Jim Delaney, James "Chico" Hagey, Gery Groslimond, Pat DuPre, and Paul Sidone. Tanner is best remembered for his devastating left-handed serve, his victory at the 1977 Australian Open (January) and 5-set loss to Bj?rn Borg in the 1979 Wimbledon finals.

8. Michael Chang

9. Sphairistike

10. He had previously had a sex change operation Ren?e Richards (born Richard Raskind August 19, 1934, in New York City) is a physician and professional tennis player. In 1975 she underwent sex reassignment surgery. In 1976 the United States Tennis Association denied her entrance into the U.S. Open. She challenged the ban, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor in 1977.

11. Jimmy Connors. James Scott ("Jimmy") Connors (born September 2, 1952 in East St. Louis, Illinois) is a former American tennis champion who was the world number one player for 160 consecutive weeks from July 1974 to August 1977. He was also the World No. 1 player an additional 8 times during his career. He won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles. He is often considered to be one of the top male tennis players of all time. Currently, he is coaching American tennis player Andy Roddick. Connors was noted for continuing to use the all-steel Wilson T-2000 tennis racquet for a long time, despite the fact that most professionals had switched to graphite / graphite composite racquets. He eventually did switch to a Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic racquet, though.

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