Top 10 Funniest Moments in Tennis History
Tennis is a sport that you’ll either love or hate. Or you could be amongst the percentage of people who aren’t too sure whether they like the sport or not. Regardless, if you’re a fan of tennis you’ll know that like other popular games, tennis has also had its moments. Here’s a list of some of the funniest moments in tennis history.
10. Reverse shot
If you’re a fan of any sport and love to watch live games, then you’re well aware of the fact that sometimes players can send balls flying in the wrong direction. Jurgen Mezler did exactly that in the BMW open of 2006. Interestingly, it was not by accident. A fan, or in this case, a non-fan of Mezler repeatedly hurled insults at him and constantly distracted him during the match. Mezler decided that enough was enough and sent the ball hurtling towards the irate fan.
9. Racket smash
Roger Federer is known for always being calm before, during and after his games. So, it was a memorable moment when the Swedish players smashed his racket onto the ground out of frustration during a 2009 match in Miami between him and Novak Djokovic. It was also the only time that spectators ever booed the tennis player.
8. First Wimbledon Tournament in 1877
The first tournament was held in 1877 and consisted of 22 all-male contestants. Spencer Gore won after a clean win of 6-1 6-2 6-4. He lost his title the following year and eventually gave up playing altogether. He claimed that tennis was too boring for him.
7. French Open 1992
Despite being only 18, Monica Seles beat a more experienced Steffi Graf in the French Open in 1992. She went on to establish herself as one of the greatest sportswomen ever seen. It was also the beginning of a long-term rivalry between her and Graf.
6. Boris Becker
He was the youngest male to have won the championship in 1985. Aside from the fact that he was just 17 when he won, it was his calm, collected and assertive nature that drew fans to him. He beat South African-born American Kevin Curren to win the coveted title.
5. Pete Sampras wins 2000 Wimbledon
In 1999 Pete began the games with an intention of breaking Roy Emerson’s 12 Grand Slam Single titles record. Pete understood, as did everyone, including fans, that Emerson’s winning streak would come to an end. Pete thought that he would be the one to bring that streak to an end. Unfortunately, just days before the games, Pete suffered a herniated disc and had to withdraw. It left him disappointed and depressed during his long recovery. He re-entered the games the following year with only one title under his belt for the whole year.
A few days before Wimbledon, Pete pulled a muscle in his shin and by the time he was playing his second match, he was in a lot of pain. A scan revealed that he had fluid buildup. The pain was so intense that Peter considered sitting out of the tournament for the second time. He changed his mind and decided not to withdraw. Instead, he stopped practicing all-together and only played during warm-ups and competitions. Pete went on to win the championships and he said the pain he experienced almost caused him to miss out on winning.
4. Serena Slam
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Serena Williams’s Serena Slam. It was named that after she won four major titles consecutively. The only other woman to do that was Martina Navratilova. Serena joined Navratilova’s elite ranks after she won the French Open, the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open from 2002 to 2003. What’s further interesting is that in each of the finals, she beat her sister Venus Williams. Venus entered the games having a lead over Serena, but it was the latter who finished on top, establishing her as one of the world’s best tennis players and the better of the two Williams sisters.
3. Jennifer Capriati’s comeback
Jennifer evolved from being a 13-year-old prodigy to being a burned-out star, and to being a comeback heroine. By the age of 16, she was an Olympic singles champion. After that, however, her life and career spiraled into a decline after she was arrested for having been found with marijuana. The resulting mugshot earned her a negative reputation both within and without the sports world. Her comeback was a long one. At the age of 24, she finally won a major title. In October 2001, she went on to win and reached number 1 for the first time. Her comeback made for one of the craziest moments in tennis history.
2. Martina Navratilova
One of the greatest female tennis players to have ever lived, Martina Navratilova has won 18, 31 and 10 titles for Grand Slam singles, Grand Slam doubles and Grand Slam mixed single titles respectively. Her best victory, and by far her most memorable is when she played against Bob Ryan at the US Open in 2006 and won. What’s astonishing is that she did so at the age of 49! She has had a 16-year-long rivalry with Chris Evert, with whom she’s met 80 times, 60 of which were in the finals. She is also amongst the first sportswomen to come out as gay. She went on to inspire countless others to do the same.
1. Russian Revolution
The Russian Revolution is as a result of Russians dominating in women’s tennis in the past couple of years. In 2008, half of the players were Russian. In 2004, 2006 and 2009, four women, out of the top ten, were Russian. The most entertaining Russian victory was in 2004 when Maria Sharapova defeated the then champion, Serena Williams.
Can you think of any other funniest moments in tennis history? One thing for sure is that Serena Williams’ fans are waiting with baited breath to see how she will bounce back after giving birth to her daughter in 2017. That just might make for a memorable moment in tennis history.