History UsefulNotes / Tennis

15th Aug '16 1:12:53 AM Rhapsody
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* '''Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)''' 2003-present: Has held No. 1 for 51 weeks. Has won 2 singles Grand Slams and 2 mixed doubles. She won the first Olympic gold medal awarded for mixed doubles (at London 2012), also picking up a bronze medal in the singles. As well as her achievements, she is known for her distinctive "wail" on court.

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* '''Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)''' 2003-present: Has held No. 1 for 51 weeks. Has won 2 singles Grand Slams and 2 mixed doubles. She won the first Olympic gold medal awarded for mixed doubles (at London 2012), also picking up a bronze medal in the singles. As well as her achievements, she is known for her distinctive "wail" on court. She began her maternity leave in 2016 for her first child with boyfriend Billy McKeague.



* '''Venus Williams (USA)''' 1994-present: Has held No. 1 for 11 weeks. Has won 7 singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles and 2 mixed. She has also won an Olympic gold medal in singles and 3 in doubles, completing the Career Golden Slam with her younger sister Serena. In singles, [[SiblingRivalry she and Serena have been pitted against each other eight times in Grand Slam finals]]. In addition to their remarkable achievements, they are also distinctive for being the most successful Black players of any nationality, for either sex.

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* '''Venus Williams (USA)''' 1994-present: Has held No. 1 for 11 weeks. Has won 7 singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles and 2 mixed. She has also won an Olympic gold medal in singles singles, a silver medal in mixed doubles and and 3 gold medals in women's doubles, completing the Career Golden Slam with her younger sister Serena. In singles, [[SiblingRivalry she and Serena have been pitted against each other eight times in Grand Slam finals]]. In addition to their remarkable achievements, they are also distinctive for being the most successful Black players of any nationality, for either sex.
15th Aug '16 12:58:55 AM Rhapsody
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** In the 2016 Wimbledon quarter-finals, Federer was down two sets and had to save three match points in the third set tiebreak to beat Cilic in the fifth set, making it one of his most thrilling comebacks ever.

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** In the his very intense 2016 Wimbledon quarter-finals, quarter-final match, Federer was down lost the first two sets and had to save three match points in the third fourth set tiebreak to beat Cilic in the fifth set, making it one of his most thrilling comebacks ever.
15th Aug '16 12:54:24 AM Rhapsody
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* '''US Open''' (late Aug - early Sept in New York City): The last Grand Slam of the season (but not the "true" end of the season), it has the highest attendance record of all Slams. Like the Australian Open, it's played on hard courts that fall somewhere in between the slowness of clay courts and the fastness of grass courts. Unlike the Australian Open, its main venue, Arthur Ashe Stadium, doesn't have a roof (though one is under construction to be ready for the 2016 Open) which means that gusting winds and match-delaying rains frequently affect play. It is also the only Slam that decides a 6-6 final set by a tiebreak system instead of the "win by 2 games in the final set" rule, which (un)fortunately means that there's no chance of its matches becoming a 3-day epic like Wimbledon's 2010 Isner-Mahut match.

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* '''US Open''' (late Aug - early Sept in New York City): The last Grand Slam of the season (but not the "true" end of the season), it has the highest attendance record of all Slams. Like the Australian Open, it's played on hard courts that fall somewhere in between the slowness of clay courts and the fastness of grass courts. Unlike the Australian Open, its main venue, Arthur Ashe Stadium, doesn't didn't have a roof (though one is under construction to be ready for until the 2016 Open) Open, which means meant that gusting winds and match-delaying rains frequently affect affected play. It is also the only Slam that decides a 6-6 final set by a tiebreak system instead of the "win by 2 games in the final set" rule, which (un)fortunately means that there's no chance of its matches becoming a 3-day epic like Wimbledon's 2010 Isner-Mahut match.



* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Has won 3 Grand Slams. Was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" until he broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936 and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936. Also has an Olympic gold medal in singles and a silver in mixed doubles, and led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]. In 2016 he won Wimbledon for the second time.
* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 141 weeks, and also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 14 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won a record nine French Open championships and lost only ''one'' match there from 2005 to 2014.
* '''Juan Martín del Potro (Argentina)''' 2005-present: Has won 1 Grand Slam and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. The only active player outside of the Big Four[[note]] Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray[[/note]] to have won a Grand Slam from the 2005 French Open through the 2013 US Open. Following his breakthrough Slam victory at the 2009 US Open, he spent most of the next year out with a [[GameBreakingInjury wrist injury]] and has been working his way back to Slam-threatening form ever since. He has been nicknamed the "Tower of Tandil" because of his 6'6'' frame and is also known as the "GentleGiant" of the tour for his soft-spoken disposition too.

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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Has won 3 Grand Slams. Was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" until he broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936 and 1936. He then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936. Also has an 1936, and then won it the second time in 2016. He's won not only one Olympic gold medal in singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles, and but ''two'' back-to-back gold medals in singles, making him the first tennis player to win two singles gold medals in a row. He also led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]. In 2016 he won Wimbledon for the second time.
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* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 141 weeks, and also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 14 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won a record nine French Open championships and lost only ''one'' match there from 2005 to 2014.
2014. He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc Lopez.
* '''Juan Martín del Potro (Argentina)''' 2005-present: Has won 1 Grand Slam and an two Olympic medals -- bronze medal and silver -- in singles. The only active player outside of the Big Four[[note]] Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray[[/note]] to have won a Grand Slam from the 2005 French Open through the 2013 US Open. Following his breakthrough Slam victory at the 2009 US Open, he spent most of the next year out with a [[GameBreakingInjury wrist injury]] and has been working his way back to Slam-threatening form ever since. He has been nicknamed the "Tower of Tandil" because of his 6'6'' frame and is also known as the "GentleGiant" of the tour for his soft-spoken disposition too.



* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-present: Has held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Has won 5 singles Grand Slams, 10 doubles and 3 mixed doubles. The [[FanNickname Swiss Miss]][[note]] (though born in what is now Slovakia; she arrived in Switzerland when she was 7, after her mother fled the then-Czechoslovakia with her)[[/note]] is the youngest Grand Slam champion ever, winning her first ''doubles'' title at [[ImprobableAge just 15 years old]]. She is also the youngest ''singles'' champion of the Open Era, winning the her maiden Slam the next year at 16. In 1998 she achieved the Calendar Year Grand Slam in doubles. She was plagued by injuries at a young age, causing [[TenMinuteRetirement repeated retirement-return]] tangos. Her most recent retirement was in 2007, shortly after she [[DrugsAreBad received a 2-year ban for testing positive for cocaine]]. Since then she has been a regular player in World Team Tennis and in July 2013, she returned to the WTA tour in doubles and won her first Slam since ''2002'' with Leander Paes at the 2015 Australian Open.
* '''Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic)''' 2006-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams, both of them at Wimbledon. A shy southpaw who can hit the ball with bruising power and - much like Li Na - is unstoppable on her best day but beatable by anyone on her worst. She's also affectionately called "[[FanNickname P3tra]]" by some fans for her penchant for getting into 3-setters regardless of her opponents' ranking.

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* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-present: Has held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Has won 5 singles Grand Slams, 10 doubles and 3 mixed doubles.doubles, and an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Timea Bacsinszky. The [[FanNickname Swiss Miss]][[note]] (though born in what is now Slovakia; she arrived in Switzerland when she was 7, after her mother fled the then-Czechoslovakia with her)[[/note]] is the youngest Grand Slam champion ever, winning her first ''doubles'' title at [[ImprobableAge just 15 years old]]. She is also the youngest ''singles'' champion of the Open Era, winning the her maiden Slam the next year at 16. In 1998 she achieved the Calendar Year Grand Slam in doubles. She was plagued by injuries at a young age, causing [[TenMinuteRetirement repeated retirement-return]] tangos. Her most recent retirement was in 2007, shortly after she [[DrugsAreBad received a 2-year ban for testing positive for cocaine]]. Since then she has been a regular player in World Team Tennis and in July 2013, she returned to the WTA tour in doubles and won her first Slam since ''2002'' with Leander Paes at the 2015 Australian Open.
* '''Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic)''' 2006-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams, both of them at Wimbledon.Wimbledon, and an Olympic bronze medal in singles. A shy southpaw who can hit the ball with bruising power and - much like Li Na - is unstoppable on her best day but beatable by anyone on her worst. She's also affectionately called "[[FanNickname P3tra]]" by some fans for her penchant for getting into 3-setters regardless of her opponents' ranking.



** The most recent big streak came from Novak Djokovic over 2010-11 where he went 43 matches in a row without being defeated. It was broken by Federer in their French Open semifinal.

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** The most recent big streak came from Novak Djokovic over 2010-11 where he went 43 matches in a row without being defeated. It defeated over 2010-11 -- this was broken by Federer in their French Open semifinal.semifinal. He also went undefeated for 30 grand slam matches over 2015-16 -- this was broken by Sam Querrey in Round 3 of Wimbledon.



*** In Round 1, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (men's doubles), fresh off a Wimbledon win amongst other titles, lost to Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farash, both ranked 29 in doubles.
*** In Round 1, Serena and Venus Williams, recent Wimbledon winners and having previously won three gold medal for the women's doubles, lost to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 20 and 39 in doubles rankings respectively.

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*** In Round 1, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (men's doubles), fresh off a Wimbledon win amongst other titles, lost to Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farash, Farah, both ranked 29 in doubles.
*** In Round 1, Serena and Venus Williams, recent Wimbledon winners and having previously won three gold medal medals for the women's doubles, lost to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 20 and 39 in doubles rankings respectively.



** Another example involving Serena: at the 2016 Australian Open, everybody expected either her or Victoria Azarenka (a former No. 1 who seemed to be rounding back into form) to win it. No one saw Angelique Kerber, who had never made a major final before and couldn't make it past the third round at any of her majors the previous year, winning it instead with an inspired performance. It was also the first time Serena had lost a major final since ''2011''.

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** Another example involving Serena: at the 2016 Australian Open, everybody expected either her or Victoria Azarenka (a former No. 1 who seemed to be rounding back into form) to win it. No one saw Angelique Kerber, who had never made a major final before and couldn't make it past the third round at any of her majors the previous year, winning it instead with an inspired performance. It was also the first time Serena had lost a major final since ''2011''.'
** The expected gold medallist for women's singles in the 2016 Rio Olympics? Serena Williams, if not then any of the other top 5 seeds such as the World No.2 and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. Actual gold medallist? The unseeded World No. 34 Monica Puig, who took down French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova ''and'' Kerber to do so - this made her the first ever athlete from Puerto Rico to win the Olympic gold.



** In the 2016 Wimbledon quarter-finals, Federer was down two sets and had to save three match points in the third set tiebreak to beat Cilic in the fifth set, making it one of his most thrilling comebacks ever.



* OvershadowedByAwesome: Throughout history, two or three champions have risen way above the competition in each generation, such as Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the 1980s, Steffi Graf in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the 1990s, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the 2000s, and Serena Williams any time she plays.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: OvershadowedByAwesome:
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Throughout history, two or three champions have risen way above the competition in each generation, such as Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the 1980s, Steffi Graf in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the 1990s, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the 2000s, and Serena Williams any time she plays.



* PyrrhicVictory: Almost every match that's so long that the winner is still exhausted when he/she has to play the next match. The most notable example is the Isner-Mahut match. After John Isner won this 11-hour match, he had to already play the next day. He was visibly exhausted and required treatment. It still didn't help and he was quickly defeated. So eventually he played the longest match and the shortest match (at that point) in the Wimbledon 2010 men's tournament. You gotta love irony...
** In his commentary after that match, John [=McEnroe=] speculated that Isner and Mahut may have shaved six months off of their career because of how grueling that match was, making a point that, while it was spectacular tennis, if one of them had surrendered the match earlier, it likely would spare them both recurring injuries later on from lack of wear and tear.

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* PyrrhicVictory: Almost every match that's so long that the winner is still exhausted when he/she has to play the next match. The most notable example is the Isner-Mahut match. After John Isner won this 11-hour match, he had to already play the next day. He was visibly exhausted and required treatment. It still didn't help and he was quickly defeated. So eventually he played the longest match and the shortest match (at that point) in the Wimbledon 2010 men's tournament. You gotta love irony...
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In his commentary after that match, John [=McEnroe=] speculated that Isner and Mahut may have shaved six months off of their career because of how grueling that match was, making a point that, while it was spectacular tennis, if one of them had surrendered the match earlier, it likely would spare them both recurring injuries later on from lack of wear and tear.
12th Aug '16 8:44:35 PM Rhapsody
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*** In Round 1, Serena and Venus Williams, having previously won three gold medal for the women's doubles, lost to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 20 and 39 in doubles rankings respectively.
*** Serena Williams, defending gold medallist for women's singles and having recently won her 22nd grand slam at Wimbledon, lost to Svitolina in Round 3. Svitolina, ranked No. 20, had only won one set against her in their previous three meetings.

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*** In Round 1, Serena and Venus Williams, recent Wimbledon winners and having previously won three gold medal for the women's doubles, lost to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 20 and 39 in doubles rankings respectively.
*** Serena Williams, defending gold medallist for women's singles and having recently won her 22nd grand slam at Wimbledon, lost to Elina Svitolina in Round 3. Svitolina, ranked No. 20, had only won one set against her in their previous three meetings.
12th Aug '16 8:42:21 PM Rhapsody
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* CrackDefeat: Wimbledon 2013 was infamous for the number of losses, injury retirements and withdrawals that occurred during the first week. Amongst the biggest shocks were:
** World No. 5 and French Open champion Rafael Nadal losing to World No. 135 Steve Darcis in the 1st round. Darcis has won a total of 2 matches at Wimbledon in his 10 year career.
** World No. 3 and defending champion Roger Federer losing to World No. 116 Sergiy Stakhozsky in the 2nd round, snapping his record breaking QF streak and marking his first loss to a player outside the top 100 in 8 years.
** World No. 3 Maria Sharapova losing to World No. 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito in the 2nd round. Larcher de Brito had only appeared in the main draw twice before.
** World No. 1, US, French and defending champion Serena Williams losing to Sabine Lisicki in the 4th round. This was the 4th consecutive time that Lisicki had knocked the French Open champion out of Wimbledon.

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* CrackDefeat: CrackDefeat:
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Wimbledon 2013 was infamous for the number of losses, injury retirements and withdrawals that occurred during the first week. Amongst the biggest shocks were:
** *** World No. 5 and French Open champion Rafael Nadal losing to World No. 135 Steve Darcis in the 1st round. Darcis has won a total of 2 matches at Wimbledon in his 10 year career.
** *** World No. 3 and defending champion Roger Federer losing to World No. 116 Sergiy Stakhozsky in the 2nd round, snapping his record breaking QF streak and marking his first loss to a player outside the top 100 in 8 years.
** *** World No. 3 Maria Sharapova losing to World No. 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito in the 2nd round. Larcher de Brito had only appeared in the main draw twice before.
** *** World No. 1, US, French and defending champion Serena Williams losing to Sabine Lisicki in the 4th round. This was the 4th consecutive time that Lisicki had knocked the French Open champion out of Wimbledon.


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** The 2016 Rio Olympics lost many seeds early on - noteworthy is that ''all'' of the No. 1 seeds bowed out early, majority in the ''first'' round.
*** In Round 1, Novak Djokovic (men's singles), having finally won all four Grand Slams and on a quest to complete his Career Golden Slam, lost to Juan Martín del Potro, No. 141 at the time. While his prowess as a former top 10 player was no surprise, Del Potro trailed 3-11 in his rivalry with Djokovic and had only come back from a wrist injury earlier that year, making his fitness a concern. This made it the second time he's stopped Djokovic from getting an Olympic medal.
*** In Round 1, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (men's doubles), fresh off a Wimbledon win amongst other titles, lost to Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farash, both ranked 29 in doubles.
*** In Round 1, Serena and Venus Williams, having previously won three gold medal for the women's doubles, lost to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 20 and 39 in doubles rankings respectively.
*** Serena Williams, defending gold medallist for women's singles and having recently won her 22nd grand slam at Wimbledon, lost to Svitolina in Round 3. Svitolina, ranked No. 20, had only won one set against her in their previous three meetings.
23rd Jul '16 7:23:06 AM Daylight
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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Current World No. 1. Has won 21 singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles and 2 mixed doubles. She has achieved the Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles (her doubles partner being her sister Venus), winning the Olympic gold in doubles 3 times. Is also the only female tennis player to earn over $40 million, the oldest female No. 1 tennis player, ''and'' the oldest tennis player overall to win a singles Slam. On top of that, while Serena is yet to win a calendar-year Grand Slam, she has held all four Grand Slam singles trophies at the same time twice.

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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Current World No. 1. Has won 21 22 singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles and 2 mixed doubles. She has achieved the Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles (her doubles partner being her sister Venus), winning the Olympic gold in doubles 3 times. Is also the only female tennis player to earn over $40 million, the oldest female No. 1 tennis player, ''and'' the oldest tennis player overall to win a singles Slam. On top of that, while Serena is yet to win a calendar-year Grand Slam, she has held all four Grand Slam singles trophies at the same time twice.
11th Jul '16 4:49:21 PM Exxolon
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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" until he broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936 and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936. Also has an Olympic gold medal in singles and a silver in mixed doubles, and led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]

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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Has won 2 3 Grand Slams. Was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" until he broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936 and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936. Also has an Olympic gold medal in singles and a silver in mixed doubles, and led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]]]. In 2016 he won Wimbledon for the second time.
18th Jun '16 2:09:38 PM Lemia
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* '''Maria Sharapova (Russia)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 21 weeks. Has won 5 Grand Slams to achieve a Career Grand Slam and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She shot to fame by winning her maiden Slam at Wimbledon when she was just 17; ever since then, she's recovered from shoulder injuries and her "cow on ice" issues on clay to become one of the steeliest (and [[ScreamingWarrior loudest]]) competitors in tennis and an unexpected clay court master too.

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* '''Maria Sharapova (Russia)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 21 weeks. Has won 5 Grand Slams to achieve a Career Grand Slam and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She shot to fame by winning her maiden Slam at Wimbledon when she was just 17; ever since then, she's recovered from shoulder injuries and her "cow on ice" issues on clay to become one of the steeliest (and [[ScreamingWarrior loudest]]) competitors in tennis and an unexpected clay court master too. Unfortunately, her career hit a major snag in 2016 when she tested positive for the recently-banned PED meldonium and was banned from the tour for 2 years.



** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process. Stan turned out to be right; Djoker won Roland Garros a year later.

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** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process. Stan Wawrinka turned out to be right; Djoker Djokovic won Roland Garros a year later.
5th Jun '16 6:20:05 PM KYCubbie
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** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process.

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** "One day, you will win Roland Garros. You deserve it." Wawrinka to Djokovic, after defeating him at the 2015 French Open and denying him a career Grand Slam in the process. Stan turned out to be right; Djoker won Roland Garros a year later.
5th Jun '16 11:31:34 AM Lemia
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* '''Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)''' 1998-present: Was the youngest ever world No. 1, which he held for 80 weeks. He has won 2 singles Grand Slams and 1 doubles. After an explosive start to his career in which he set a number of "youngest ever" records, he was unable to keep up with his peers' rapid improvement. Throw in a number of injury-related lay-offs and a run in with Father Time, and old [[FanNickname Rusty]] has been stuck in the 50+ rankings for the past few years. But his raw enthusiasm and [[{{Determinator}} never say die]] attitude keeps him firmly in a crowd favourite spot.


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* '''Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)''' 1998-2016: Was the youngest-ever world No. 1, which he held for 80 weeks, and won 2 singles Grand Slams and 1 doubles. After an explosive start to his career in which he set a number of "youngest ever" records, he was unable to keep up with his peers' rapid improvement. Throw in a number of injury-related lay-offs and a run in with Father Time, and old [[FanNickname Rusty]] never regained his position at the top of the game after 2003, but his raw enthusiasm and [[{{Determinator}} never say die]] attitude kept him firmly in a crowd favourite spot until his retirement.
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