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23rd Apr '17 9:30:28 AM wuggles
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* WhileYouWereInDiapers: It was noted in 2013 Wimbledon that 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest player in the top 100, started playing in 1989, before many current tennis players were even born ([[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/10146963/Wimbledon-2013-at-42-Kimiko-Date-Krumm-shows-a-clean-pair-of-heels-to-become-oldest-woman-to-reach-the-third-round.html for example one article noted]] her Romanian opponent was born a year later).

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* WhileYouWereInDiapers: It was noted in 2013 Wimbledon that then 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest player in the top 100, 100 at the time, started playing in 1989, before many current tennis players were even born ([[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/10146963/Wimbledon-2013-at-42-Kimiko-Date-Krumm-shows-a-clean-pair-of-heels-to-become-oldest-woman-to-reach-the-third-round.html for example one article noted]] her Romanian opponent was born a year later).
21st Apr '17 1:29:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BrokenStreak: Statistics are almost as extensive and detailed in tennis as they are in baseball; as such, when someone's streak is broken, you know about it.

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* BrokenStreak: BrokenWinLossStreak: Statistics are almost as extensive and detailed in tennis as they are in baseball; as such, when someone's streak is broken, you know about it.
21st Apr '17 6:19:00 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. She began her maternity leave in 2016 for her first childand is set to come back in the latter half of 2017.
* '''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, 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.

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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 childand child and is set to come back in the latter half of 2017.
* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-present: Has held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Has won 5 singles Grand Slams, 10 12 doubles and 3 mixed 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.
21st Apr '17 6:14:28 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. She began her maternity leave in 2016 for her first child, intending to come back in 2017.

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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, intending childand is set to come back in the latter half of 2017.



* '''Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic)''' 2006-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams, both of them at 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.

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* '''Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic)''' 2006-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams, both of them at 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. A shocking knife attack at home at the end of 2016 forced her into a hiatus to let her left wrist recover, but she has hopes to return at some point in 2017.



* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Has held No. 1 for 316 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 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. Took a maternity leave in April 2017, with her first child due in September, and will not return until 2018. If you do the math, that means she won the 2017 Australian Open ''while UsefulNotes/{{pregnant|Badass}}''.

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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Has held No. 1 for 316 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 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. Took a maternity leave in April 2017, with her first child due in September, and will not return until 2018. If you do the math, that means she won the 2017 Australian Open ''while UsefulNotes/{{pregnant|Badass}}''.{{pregnant|Badass}}''.



* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Prior to the 2009 French Open, Robin Söderling had never made it past the third round of a Slam, and his fourth-round opponent in this particular Slam happened to be Rafael "King of Clay" Nadal who 1) was riding a record undefeated streak of 31 wins at the French Open, 2) had broken Roger Federer's own record streak of 237 weeks as World No. 1 just last year, and 3) had soundly beaten Söderling in all of their previous encounters. What ensued from their match was the tennis equivalent of Buster Douglas upsetting Mike Tyson (although Söderling would go on to prove that his victory wasn't quite the fluke that Douglas's had been by snapping Federer's record of 23 consecutive Slam semifinals the very next year).

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* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Prior to the 2009 French Open, Robin Söderling had never made it past the third round of a Slam, and his fourth-round opponent in this particular Slam happened to be Rafael "King of Clay" Nadal who 1) was riding a record undefeated streak of 31 wins at the French Open, 2) had broken Roger Federer's own record streak of 237 weeks as World No. 1 just last year, and 3) had soundly beaten Söderling in all of their previous encounters. What ensued from their The result of the encounter? A four-set win for ''Söderling''. To put things into perspective, ever since then, Nadal's only lost one other proper match was the tennis equivalent of Buster Douglas upsetting Mike Tyson (although Söderling would go on at Roland Garros to prove Djokovic in 2015[[note]]due to injury he lost via a walkover in 2016[[/note]], showing that his victory wasn't quite he really is impressive on clay as well as the fluke that Douglas's had been by snapping Federer's record of 23 consecutive Slam semifinals the very next year).French Open itself.



** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] [[StoneWall clay-courter]]. So far they have played 36 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era. Much excitement ensued when they met again for the 2017 Australian Open final (won by Federer), a nearly good six years after their last grand slam final.

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** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] [[StoneWall clay-courter]]. clay-courter. So far they have played 36 37 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era. Much excitement ensued when they met again for the 2017 Australian Open final (won by Federer), a nearly good six years after their last grand slam final.
20th Apr '17 3:25:17 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Has held No. 1 for 316 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 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: Has held No. 1 for 316 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 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. Took a maternity leave in April 2017, with her first child due in September, and will not return until 2018. If you do the math, that means she won the 2017 Australian Open ''while UsefulNotes/{{pregnant|Badass}}''.
20th Mar '17 2:41:02 AM Rhapsody
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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Current No. 1, beginning in November 2016. Has won 3 Grand Slams. In his earlier years, he was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" because he did well enough in Slams to reach four finals yet wasn't able to win any of them. 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. 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, and then won it the second time in 2016. He's won not only one Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles, 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...]]

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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Current No. 1, beginning in November 2016. Has won 3 Grand Slams. In his earlier years, he was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" because he did well enough in Slams to reach four finals yet wasn't able to win any of them. He However, he eventually 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. He 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, and then won it the second time in 2016. He's won not only one Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles, 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...]]



* '''Angelique Kerber (Germany)''' 2003-present: Has held No. 1 for 20 weeks. Has won 2 Grand Slams and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She made her first breakthrough as a 2011 US Open semi-finalist at a mere world ranking of 92; however her biggest achievements came rolling in 2016, starting with a surprise appearance and victory over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final. Later her US Open win made her the first woman to win multiple singles grand slams in the same year other than Serena since Justine Henin in 2007. A southpaw tennis player (but is otherwise right-handed), she's known for her aggressive counterpunching.

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* '''Angelique Kerber (Germany)''' 2003-present: Has held Current No. 1 for 1, 20 weeks.weeks and counting. Has won 2 Grand Slams and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She made her first breakthrough as a 2011 US Open semi-finalist at a mere world ranking of 92; however her biggest achievements came rolling in 2016, starting with a surprise appearance and victory over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final. Later her US Open win made her the first woman to win multiple singles grand slams in the same year other than Serena since Justine Henin in 2007. A southpaw tennis player (but is otherwise right-handed), she's known for her aggressive counterpunching.



* '''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 banned PED meldonium and was banned from the tour for 2 years.
* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Current No. 1, 309 weeks and counting. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 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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* '''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 banned PED meldonium and was banned from the tour for 2 years.
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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Current Has held No. 1, 309 weeks and counting.1 for 316 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 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.



* BreatherEpisode: The ''Legends'' or Past Player tournaments held at some of the Opens, such as the Australian Open, features popular retired players getting up to mischief in a shortened game. It's a great way to wind down if a tense game just played. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WYIgpmRUKE Here]] is an example.

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The ''Legends'' or Past Player tournaments held at some of the Opens, such as the Australian Open, features popular retired players getting up to mischief in a shortened game. It's a great way to wind down if a tense game just played. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WYIgpmRUKE Here]] played.
** Although still a legit tournament, the rather small-scale Hopman Cup
is an example.more relaxed compared to the year-long and intense Fed and Davis Cups. Players aren't afraid to crack jokes and have a good laugh even midmatch.



** The 2017 Australian Open became notorious for many many upsets of seeded players against lower ranked and often unseeded players, especially in early rounds (in the first round alone, ''11'' mens' and womens' seeds lost). Notably, Novak Djokovic (six-time defending champion, No. 2), Angelique Kerber (defending champion, No. 1) and Andy Murray (No. 1) all got knocked out by the fourth round to unseeded players (the lowest being Djokovic's opponent Denis Istomin, ranked 117); this meant that not only did both defending champions lose early, but it was the first time in the Open Era that neither World No. 1 players made it to the quarterfinals!

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** The 2017 Australian Open became notorious for many many upsets of seeded players against lower ranked and often unseeded players, especially in early rounds (in the first round alone, ''11'' mens' and womens' seeds lost). Notably, Novak Djokovic (six-time defending champion, No. 2), Angelique Kerber (defending champion, No. 1) and Andy Murray (No.(last year's finalist, No. 1) all got knocked out by the fourth round to unseeded players (the lowest being Djokovic's opponent Denis Istomin, ranked 117); this meant that not only did both defending champions lose early, but it was the first time in the Open Era that neither World No. 1 players made it to the quarterfinals!



** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have experienced a much publicised bromance for the best part of a decade. They have reached the point of [[PortmanteauCoupleName couple nicknames]] ([[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/fedal Fedal]]) and FanFiction. [[FoeYayShipping The pair often inadvertently encourage such things in interviews and charity matches]].

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** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have experienced a much publicised bromance for the best part of a decade. They have reached the point of [[PortmanteauCoupleName couple nicknames]] ([[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/fedal Fedal]]) and FanFiction. [[FoeYayShipping The pair often inadvertently encourage such things in interviews and charity matches]].matches.



** Andy Murray came back from a set down and saved FIVE match points against Tommy Robredo in an ATP 2014 final. ''Twice''.

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** Andy Murray came back from a set down and saved FIVE ''five'' match points against Tommy Robredo in an ATP 2014 final. ''Twice''. He would later beat this record in 2017 at Dubai, saving SEVEN match points against Philip Kohlschreiber before eventually winning the whole tournament.



** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] [[StoneWall clay-courter]]. So far they have played 35 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era. Much excitement ensued when they met again for the 2017 Australian Open final (won by Federer), a nearly good six years after their last grand slam final.

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** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] [[StoneWall clay-courter]]. So far they have played 35 36 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era. Much excitement ensued when they met again for the 2017 Australian Open final (won by Federer), a nearly good six years after their last grand slam final.



** Venus and Serena Williams (born just 15 months apart) have experienced a storied rivalry since 1998, their dominance has lead to them contesting no fewer than ''eight'' Grand Slam finals and one YEC final. Serena (the younger sister) leads their head to head by 14-10 and 7-2 in GS finals.

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** Venus and Serena Williams (born just 15 months apart) have experienced a storied rivalry since 1998, their dominance has lead to them contesting no fewer than ''eight'' ''nine'' Grand Slam finals and one YEC final. Serena (the younger sister) leads their head to head by 14-10 and 7-2 in GS finals.
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* '''Althea Gibson (USA)''' 1950-1958: Was the first African American to win a Grand Slam when she won the French Championship in 1956, prior to the Open Era, and the first African American woman to win a Slam prior to the William Sisters. She won 5 Singles Grand Slams, two of them from Wimbledon in back to back years (1957-1958). She won 5 Doubles Grand Slam and one Mixed Doubles Grand Slam for a total of 11 Slam titles. She was the first woman to be awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Award in 1991, induced into the International Hall of Fame in 1980. Like Jackie Robinson is credited for breaking the color barrier in professional baseball, Gibson is see by many as the tennis player who broke the color barrier and made it possible for future people of color to compete in a prominently Caucasian sport.

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* '''Althea Gibson (USA)''' 1950-1958: Was Won 5 Grand Slam singles titles, 5 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 1 Mixed Doubles title. She was the first African American to win a Grand Slam when she won the French Championship in 1956, prior to the Open Era, and the first African American woman to win a Slam prior to the William Sisters. She won 5 Singles Grand Slams, two of them from Wimbledon titles in back to back years (1957-1958). She won 5 Doubles Grand Slam and one Mixed Doubles Grand Slam for a total of 11 Slam titles. She was the first woman to be awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Award in 1991, induced into the International Hall of Fame in 1980. 1980, and had a statue built in her honor in Newark New Jersey. Like Jackie Robinson is credited for breaking the color barrier in professional baseball, Gibson is see by many as the tennis player who broke the color barrier and made it possible for future people of color to compete in what was a prominently Caucasian sport.
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* '''Althea Gibson (USA)''' 1950-1958: Was the first African American to win a Grand Slam when she won the French Championship in 1956, prior to the Open Era, and the first African American woman to win a Slam prior to the William Sisters. She won 5 Singles Grand Slams, two of them from Wimbledon in back to back years (1957-1958). She won 5 Doubles Grand Slam and one Mixed Doubles Grand Slam for a total of 11 Slam titles. She was the first woman to be awarded Theodore Roosvelt Award in 1991, induded into the International Hall of Fame in 1980. Like Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in profesional baseball, Gibson is see by many as the tennis player whom broke the color barrier and made it possible for future people of color to compete in a prodominently Caucasian sport. competiteros like Authur Ashe, the William Sisters, and many others worldwide.

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* '''Althea Gibson (USA)''' 1950-1958: Was the first African American to win a Grand Slam when she won the French Championship in 1956, prior to the Open Era, and the first African American woman to win a Slam prior to the William Sisters. She won 5 Singles Grand Slams, two of them from Wimbledon in back to back years (1957-1958). She won 5 Doubles Grand Slam and one Mixed Doubles Grand Slam for a total of 11 Slam titles. She was the first woman to be awarded the Theodore Roosvelt Roosevelt Award in 1991, induded induced into the International Hall of Fame in 1980. Like Jackie Robinson broke is credited for breaking the color barrier in profesional professional baseball, Gibson is see by many as the tennis player whom who broke the color barrier and made it possible for future people of color to compete in a prodominently prominently Caucasian sport. competiteros like Authur Ashe, the William Sisters, and many others worldwide.sport.
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* '''Althea Gibson (USA)''' 1950-1958: Was the first African American to win a Grand Slam when she won the French Championship in 1956, prior to the Open Era, and the first African American woman to win a Slam prior to the William Sisters. She won 5 Singles Grand Slams, two of them from Wimbledon in back to back years (1957-1958). She won 5 Doubles Grand Slam and one Mixed Doubles Grand Slam for a total of 11 Slam titles. She was the first woman to be awarded Theodore Roosvelt Award in 1991, induded into the International Hall of Fame in 1980. Like Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in profesional baseball, Gibson is see by many as the tennis player whom broke the color barrier and made it possible for future people of color to compete in a prodominently Caucasian sport. competiteros like Authur Ashe, the William Sisters, and many others worldwide.
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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: During the first round of the 2017 Davis Cup competition, Denis Shapovalov of Canada faced Britain's Kyle Edmund in the fifth and deciding match. In the third set, Shapovalov's shot went long; in frustration, he swatted away a spare ball -- and hit chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the left eye. Gabas quickly defaulted the match, sending Great Britain on to the quarterfinals and knocking Canada out of the tournament.
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