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12th Feb '17 4:15:35 AM Daylight
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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.
12th Feb '17 4:00:01 AM Daylight
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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.
12th Feb '17 3:58:05 AM Daylight
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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.
7th Feb '17 7:33:54 AM newsguy95
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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.
30th Jan '17 12:38:15 PM Gosicrystal
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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.

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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 banned PED meldonium and was banned from the tour for 2 years.
29th Jan '17 9:51:05 PM Rhapsody
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* '''Roger Federer (Switzerland)''' 1998-present: Has held No. 1 for 302 weeks (longer than any other ATP player) and won an Open Era ATP record of 18 Grand Slams including a record-tying 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 4 Australian Open titles (and 1 French Open, but that's not a record). Also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka (below) and a silver in singles. Is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. If one were to look up ATP tennis records on the OtherWiki, [[TheAce one would find his name on 90%]].[[note]]Unless we're talking doubles records, in which case one would find the Bryans' names on about 99.9%.[[/note]] During his 2012 Wimbledon run he [[SerialEscalation broke a record in every match he played]] after the second round.

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* '''Roger Federer (Switzerland)''' 1998-present: Has held No. 1 for 302 weeks (longer than any other ATP player) and won an Open Era ATP record of 18 Grand Slams including a record-tying 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 4 5 Australian Open titles (and 1 French Open, but that's not a record). Also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka (below) and a silver in singles. Is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. If one were to look up ATP tennis records on the OtherWiki, [[TheAce one would find his name on 90%]].[[note]]Unless we're talking doubles records, in which case one would find the Bryans' names on about 99.9%.[[/note]] During his 2012 Wimbledon run he [[SerialEscalation broke a record in every match he played]] after the second round.



** Rafael Nadal has been forced out of play for a significant amount of time several times in his career by knee injuries, including a severe case of tendonitis that caused him to miss the entire second half of 2012. [[HesBack This did not stop him from winning two Slams and regaining the No. 1 ranking in the very next year.]] [[HereWeGoAgain And then he suffered from a back injury, a wrist injury, AND appendicitis in the year after that.]]

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** Rafael Nadal has been forced out of play for a significant amount of time several times in his career by knee injuries, including a severe case of tendonitis that caused him to miss the entire second half of 2012. [[HesBack This did not stop him from winning two Slams and regaining the No. 1 ranking in the very next year.]] [[HereWeGoAgain And then he suffered from year]]... only for him to suffer a back injury, a wrist injury, AND appendicitis in the year after that.]]that. In 2016, he had a particularly bad wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from his beloved French Open and make him miss out on a good chunk of that year, including Wimbledon.



** Roger Federer had a knee injury that needed surgery in 2016, and although the reason behind it was hilariously mundane[[note]]preparing his twin daughters' bath[[/note]], it apparently did not recover well enough during his Wimbledon run (which saw him both win and lose dramatic five-setters at the quarter and semifinals) as he ended his season right afterward to continue recovering. This was not only his first major injury but also the first time he skipped out on Grand Slams.



** 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 34 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.

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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 34 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.



** "Roger, I know exactly how you feel. Just remember you're a great champion and you're one of the best in history..." Nadal, after beating Federer at the 2009 Australian Open.

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** "Roger, I know exactly how you feel. Just remember you're a great champion and you're one of the best in history..." Nadal, after beating Federer at the 2009 Australian Open. Federer got his revenge for that loss a whopping eight years later in their 2017 final, where he prevailed in five sets to win an impressive 18th grand slam and beat Nadal in a slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2007.
29th Jan '17 4:36:36 AM Daylight
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* '''Roger Federer (Switzerland)''' 1998-present: Has held No. 1 for 302 weeks (longer than any other ATP player) and won an Open Era ATP record of 17 Grand Slams including a record-tying 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 4 Australian Open titles (and 1 French Open, but that's not a record). Also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka (below) and a silver in singles. Is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. If one were to look up ATP tennis records on the OtherWiki, [[TheAce one would find his name on 90%]].[[note]]Unless we're talking doubles records, in which case one would find the Bryans' names on about 99.9%.[[/note]] During his 2012 Wimbledon run he [[SerialEscalation broke a record in every match he played]] after the second round.

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* '''Roger Federer (Switzerland)''' 1998-present: Has held No. 1 for 302 weeks (longer than any other ATP player) and won an Open Era ATP record of 17 18 Grand Slams including a record-tying 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 4 Australian Open titles (and 1 French Open, but that's not a record). Also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka (below) and a silver in singles. Is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. If one were to look up ATP tennis records on the OtherWiki, [[TheAce one would find his name on 90%]].[[note]]Unless we're talking doubles records, in which case one would find the Bryans' names on about 99.9%.[[/note]] During his 2012 Wimbledon run he [[SerialEscalation broke a record in every match he played]] after the second round.
28th Jan '17 2:16:11 AM Rhapsody
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* '''Angelique Kerber (Germany)''' 2003-present: Current No. 1, beginning in September 2016. Has won 2 singles 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: Current Has held No. 1, beginning in September 2016. 1 for 20 weeks. Has won 2 singles 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.



* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Held No. 1 for 309 weeks. Has won 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.
* '''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, 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.

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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Held Current No. 1 for 1, 309 weeks. weeks and counting. Has won 22 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.
* '''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, 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 nine 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.



* '''Stefanie Marie "Steffi" Graf (West Germany/Germany)''' 1982-1999: Held No. 1 for a record 377 weeks. Mr. Agassi's lovely wife, she won an Open Era record of 22 Grand Slams and achieved a Calendar Year Golden Slam in 1988; i.e., doing the Career Golden Slam ''in a single year''. Is also the only player, male or female, to win every Slam at least four times. Nicknamed "Fräulein Forehand" by fans due to the power and accuracy of her signature shot.

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* '''Stefanie Marie "Steffi" Graf (West Germany/Germany)''' 1982-1999: Held No. 1 for a record 377 weeks. Mr. Agassi's lovely wife, she won an Open Era record of 22 Grand Slams and achieved a Calendar Year Golden Slam in 1988; i.e., doing the Career Golden Slam ''in a single year''. Is also the only player, male or female, to win every Slam at least four times. Nicknamed "Fräulein Forehand" by fans due to the power and accuracy of her signature shot.



** Serena Williams has dominated the women's game since the 1990s, with some other players having made their mark too. Despite that, unexpected winners have also come from the women's side:

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** Serena Williams has dominated the women's game since the late 1990s, with some other players having made their mark too. Despite that, unexpected winners have also come from the women's side:



** 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[[note]] the younger sister[[/note]] leads their head to head by 14-10 and 6-2 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'' Grand Slam finals and one YEC final. Serena[[note]] the Serena (the younger sister[[/note]] sister) leads their head to head by 14-10 and 6-2 7-2 in GS finals.
27th Jan '17 6:46:15 AM Rhapsody
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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. 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!



*** The 2015 US Open women's semifinal had World No. 1 Serena Williams (who won the last 4 slams and was pursuing the Calendar Year Grand Slam) facing No. 43 Roberta Vinci and World No. 2 Simona Halep (French Open finalist that year) facing No. 26 Flavia Pennetta. Both of the underdogs made it to the final, which especially shocked those were expecting Williams to complete the Grand Slam. Flavia Pennetta was the one to emerge victorious in the all-Italian final.
*** At the 2016 Australian Open, everybody expected either Serena Williams 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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*** The 2015 US Open women's semifinal had World No. 1 Serena Williams (who won the last 4 slams and was pursuing the Calendar Year Grand Slam) facing No. 43 Roberta Vinci and World No. 2 Simona Halep (French Open finalist that last year) facing No. 26 Flavia Pennetta. Both of the underdogs made it to the final, which especially shocked those who were expecting Williams to complete the Grand Slam. Flavia Pennetta was the one to emerge victorious in the all-Italian final.
*** At the 2016 Australian Open, everybody expected either Serena Williams 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''.'



* WhileYouWereInDiapers:
** A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgEOvBylO1c promotional video]] for the 2012 ATP year-end championships had shades of this; the players introduced themselves and said how many times they had qualified for the tournament. They all said it was their 2nd-5th time, until "Hello, I'm Roger Federer and this is my 11th appearance at the World Tour Finals." Translation: ''he has been in the top 8 longer than most of them have been playing professional tennis''.
** 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.

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* WhileYouWereInDiapers:
** A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgEOvBylO1c promotional video]] for the 2012 ATP year-end championships had shades of this; the players introduced themselves and said how many times they had qualified for the tournament. They all said it was their 2nd-5th time, until "Hello, I'm Roger Federer and this is my 11th appearance at the World Tour Finals." Translation: ''he has been in the top 8 longer than most of them have been playing professional tennis''.
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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.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).
26th Jan '17 7:16:27 AM Aomic
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* 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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