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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).
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  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).
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  7. Over the 13 days of Wimbledon, there will be a total of approximately 484,390 spectators.
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  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.
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  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.
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  14. The loudest tennis grunt recorded is 101 decibels by Maria Sharapova, that’s louder than the London Underground which averages at 89 decibels!
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  16. The height of a Tennis net at the centre of the court is 3 feet tall (and that’s a prime number).
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  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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