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Top 5 best tennis players in the UK all the time (Part 1)

Tennis is one of the most famous sports in the UK.

Although the UK professional athletes have not yet dominated tennis through international competitions, they always reach good achievements and big titles. Updated in this year, the UK is ranked the 5th, after two excellent nations: Australia and France. 

So, visiting the UK, you can see series of talents in tennis.

Today, we collect top 5 best tennis players who have existed in the legend throughout many decades.

1, Sarah Virginia Wade

Sarah Virginia Wade was a legend of tennis in the UK when she was the only woman in history to win total 4 titles in the Grand Slam event. This is an international record which no one can reach it ever.

She was in 1945 in Bournemouth. Then in 1961, she joined the Wimbledon county girls’ tennis team. This event remarked the first time she started playing tennis officially.

Her career started with the winning in the amateur inaugural open event in Bournemouth. Then she moved to professional career at series of international tennis tournaments.

In 1968, she won the title in US open, after defeating Billie Jean King. Then she continued to reach the second title in four years later. 

During her career of about 26 years, she won about 55 single awards and received about 1.5$ millions for prize. She also was voted as an official member of the Order of the British Empire. 

From 1967 to 1979, she was ranked on top 10tennis players of the word.

In 1985, she retired from all events and closed a successful career of one citizen in the UK. The fact, her spirit and perfect performance made deeply impressive for fans and the younger generation. She contributed so much for growth and profession of tennis in the UK.

What you should know about Wimbledon – the oldest tennis tournament in the world? (Part 2)

The format of Wimbledon can be said to be the most severe in the Grand Slam. If the last set of two players tie, do not play tie-break, but have to fight when buckled to 2 new games only. That’s why on June 24, 2010 the players John Isner and Nicolas Mahut ended the match lasting 11 hours and 5 minutes. The match started on June 22 and ended only two days later with the final set score of 70 – 68 in favor of Isner.

Wimbledon is known not only as the tournament with the highest prize in the world but also a very luxurious tournament. All players are required to wear white and no advertisements printed on the costumes. Particularly, female tennis players are forced to wear skirts and greetings with the Royal style swing.

When the Queen of England or the British Crown Prince attends, the players must bow to pay their respects.

Little boys and girls pick up balls: Each year about 250 boys and girls pick up balls used to serve at Wimbledon. Each court usually arranges 6 people: 2 people on the 2 sides of the net and 4 people in the 4 corners of the yard. The average age of a ball boy is about 15 years old and only serves from 1 to 2 prizes will be replaced by someone else. Before being recruited, candidates will have to undergo a number of tests. Including fitness tests, as well as flexibility in each situation. There are also tests about some of the basic rules of tennis.

Rest Sunday

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament to have a holiday between semi-finals and finals, and that holiday usually takes place on Sunday, people also call it a “middle Sunday” day. Traditionally, the tournament will start on Monday and will last for 13 days, then take a Sunday break and proceed to the finals the next day. Only exactly 3 years, Wimbledon was forced to use Sunday to play tennis players due to the weather. That was in 1991, 1997 and 2004.

The achievements gained in the last decade has not satisfied the English tennis star

Although compatriots have just replicated the achievements of their seniors 20 years ago at Wimbledon, the world’s No. 1 tennis player Andy Murray believes that the performance of English tennis can be even better.

The third day of Wimbledon is the successful day of the host country’s tennis. All four players in the single event, including Heather Watson, Aljaz Bedene, Johanna Konta and Andy Murray, all won.

Previously 20 years ago, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Andrew Richardson and Mark Petchy were the English players who participated in the third round. Henman and Rusedski then went to the quarterfinals.

This is the first time since 1997, the United Kingdom has only four players reached the Wimbledon third round. This number could be increased to 5 if Kyle Edmund defeated 15th seed Gael Monfils tonight.

But instead of praising the country media, head Andy Murray said this was not the time to celebrate: “Of course it is good to have so many English players competing and winning the match. But don’t judge it as a final goal or like a milestone. ”

The world No. 1 player emphasizes that fellow players need to set a higher goal and only celebrate when going deep in the next rounds, rather than happy with the current results.

Murray wants fellow players to try harder instead of being satisfied with the current performance. “Why not try to have 5-6 or more players make it to the quarterfinals? It is important that you set your goals as high as possible, “says Murray.” Players like Kyle, Heather or Jo can play even better. “

For Murray, the Scottish tennis player believes that he is strong enough to defend the title despite not completely recovering from a hip injury.

In the third round, Murray is expected to have an uneasy match against Fabio Fognini, who beat him at the Rome Masters in May.