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10 Curious Tennis Facts

As Wimbledon kicks off this week, we’re taking a look at some curious facts about tennis and the competition that we bet you didn’t know!

  1. There are 5040 holes in a standard tennis net, this is equivalent to the sum of the earth and the moons radii (in miles).

  3. The circumference of the moon is equal to the circumference of 42,980,256 tennis balls.

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  5. The fastest recorded tennis serve (163.7mph) is 27/50ths of the average speed of a meteor (30,000mph).

  7. Over the 13 days of Wimbledon, there will be a total of approximately 484,390 spectators.

  9. If you put 52 Toby the Rat’s tail to tail, they would roughly equal the length of a professional tennis court (78 feet).
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  10. The longest match in Wimbledon history was played over 3 days in 2010, with a total of 11 hours 5 minutes playing time.

  12. Before the gates open each day at Wimbledon, a Harris Hawk named Rufus flies around the grounds to scare away pigeons who may disrupt the Tennis.

  14. The loudest tennis grunt recorded is 101 decibels by Maria Sharapova, that’s louder than the London Underground which averages at 89 decibels!

  16. The height of a Tennis net at the centre of the court is 3 feet tall (and that’s a prime number).

  18. Last year, 140,000 portions of English strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream were eaten at Wimbledon, as well as 5000kg of bananas to fuel the tennis players.

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