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Venus Williams, five-time singles champion, is quickly out of the 2012 Wimbledon Championship after losing 6-1, 6-3 to Elena Vesnina of Russia. Venus was quickly down 5-0 in the first set and was never able to recover. After dropping out of the US Open in 2011 and learning she has an autoimmune disease, Venus has competed in various tournaments and hoping to come back to the grass-courts she once dominated and prove to herself that this disease hasn’t hindered her game. Today’s first round loss is Venus’ first loss this early at Wimbledon since her debut in 1997.
Source: ESPN Tennis
With this year’s third Grand Slam just a few days away I started to scour different resources to brush up on the historic tournament. I’ve put together a list of several facts that should help any tennis fan breeze through a Wimbledon pop quiz!
• The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is considered by many to be the most historic tennis tournament in the world. Wimbledon was founded all the way back in 1868. The first men’s singles tournament was held in 1877 and was won by Spencer Gore.
• The traditional Wimbledon colors are dark green and purple. However the dress code for the players is very strict. All participants are required to wear all white clothing. The always ‘radical’ Andre Agassi never was a fan of the dress code and even skipped the tournament because of it a couple times.
• The two trophies the champions of Wimbledon receive are quite unique and are special in their own right. The gentlemen’s victor receives a giant cup like trophy that has a classical vibe just like the tournament. The gentlemen’s trophy is 18½ inches tall and 7½ inches wide. The lid of the giant cup features a pineapple on top. The ladies champ gets a large plate style trophy that’s been referred to in the past as the “Rosewater Dish”. The dish is 18½ inches in diameter.
• Just like the other three Grand Slams, Wimbledon has had some dominant players in its long history.
Here are the gentlemen of the Open Era with the most titles:
Pete Sampras – 7 titles
Roger Federer – 6 titles
Bjorn Borg – 5 titles
The ladies who have racked up the most Open Era titles are:
Martina Navratilova – 9 titles
Steffi Graf – 7 titles
Venus Williams – 5 titles
• It’s been over 75 years since a British man won Wimbledon. The last gentleman to accomplish the feat was Fred Perry all the way back in 1936. Many have been waiting on Andy Murray (World No.4) to bring the title home to the Brits but he has yet to reach the finals of Wimbledon.
Watch Video of Nalbandian outburst
David Nalbandian threw away a perfect opportunity to win his first ATP title in almost two years when he kicked an ad banner into the leg of a service linesman.
The incident happened at the Queen’s Club in London. Nalbandian was playing his first grass final since 2002. He was leading opponent Marin Celic by a set and only 3 games from victory.
Celic was handed his 7th career ATP title and his first on grass. Celic would have clearly preferred to complete the match. He told the BBC “It’s definitely not the way I wanted win. To end like this is not easy.”
Nalbandian was fined earlier this year in Australia for throwing water on a doping official.
The Argentinian was immediately disqualified as defined by ATP rule. He also received the maximum fine of $12,000.00. He will forfeit all ranking points and prize money he would have earned for reaching the final. Further fines and penalties are also possible.
The injured linesman was treated on site after the incident and then again by a physician with no additional treatment needed. The outburst was clearly not directed at the official but the chair umpire had no choice but to disqualify Nalbandian after the injury, based on ATP rules.
Nalbandian was quoted as saying: “I feel sorry and regret hurting the line judge. I never tried to hurt him but this regretful moment was entirely my fault”. His statement appears true after viewing the video of the incident.
Adding another layer to the incident, The Metropolitan Police confirmed on Monday that they were looking into an assault complaint made by a member of the public. They did not reveal that person’s identity, but Telegraph Sport understands the source is likely the injured judge McDougall.