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Tennis:  Wimbledon – Update through the Final       Share

06 July 2010

Wimbledon is complete and the winners of the finals matches are Serena Williams for the women and Rafael Nadal on the men’s side.  There weren’t any surprises once the finals were decided.  In fact, the only interesting things in the tournament as a whole  were the marathon 11 hour match earlier and the fact that Roger Federer wasn’t in the finals.  Federer is generally considered one of the best men’s tennis player of all time. 
At any rate, Serena Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title and her thirteenth grand slam title.  She’s already established her self as one of the best women’s tennis players of her generation, and could potentially be the best of all time if things continue to go well for her.  She currently sits sixth all time in the number of grand slam victories.  Of the last 8 grand slam tournaments, Serena has won 5 of them.  Oh yeah, her fastest serve clocked in at 122 MPH.  Sick.
Rafael Nadal, the men’s winner, won his second Wimbledon title and 8th grand slam overall.  Nadal admitted to not feeling his best, but it wasn’t required for this win.  His #1 ranking holds firm and it will likely stay that way for some time considering he’s only 24.  The only talk was what didn’t happen and that is Nadal playing Federer, the aforementioned player who was eliminated in the semi-finals.  It’s been a fierce match up in men’s tennis as of late, and one of the few things still bringing excitement to the sport.  If you’ve continued reading to this point, good on ya, cause I stopped about two paragraphs ago.
One Liner:  “Wanna bet the winner of the next grand slam will be named Williams?”
– referring to the recent dominance in women’s tennis of Serena and Venus Williams.  They have won 9 of the last 11 Wimbledon titles.

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The Basics

Tennis is a game with its roots in England where you hit a ball over a net to your opponent, hoping he will either hit it to you, out of bounds, or miss the ball, allowing it to bounce more than once on his side of the net.  The scoring is simple, but like many things English, it’s unnecessarily complex. 

Most tournaments require a player to win a best of 3 or 5 sets.  Each set requires a player to win six “games,” with at least two more games then his opponent.  A game is decided by a player earning at least four points with a two point advantage.  This is where the absurdity starts.  Zero points is called “love”, one point is scored as “15,” two points is “30,” and three points is “40.”  Four points is called “game.”  If two players both have at least 40, it’s called “deuce.”  After this, if a player scores a point, he’s said to have “advantage,” and must score another consecutive point to win.  If the other player ties, it’s called deuce again.  See what I mean?  In actuality, the scoring has French origins, which probably makes most of us say, Ok, now I get it.  The bizarre explanation of the origin of the scoring system is too lengthy for me to get into it here, but if you must know, shoot me an email and I’ll try to break it down for you.


Deuce: A tie when each player has at least 30 points.
Love: Zero points.
Advantage: When one player has a one point advantage over his opponent, but both have at least 30 points.
Doubles: A tennis match with two players on each side.  “Mixed Doubles” feature one man and one woman player on each side.
Forehand: a stroke on the ball where the stroke begins on the same side as the hand holding the racquet.
Backhand: a stroke on the ball where the stroke begins on the opposite side as the hand holding the racquet.