Kyle Edmunds: Facts About the British Tennis Player

Here are some facts about Kyle Edmund.

  • Kyle Edmund was born on 8th January 1995.
  • He was born in South Africa, but moved to England with his family when he was 3 years old.

  • Kyle grew up in the village of Tickton in Yorkshire.
  • He was a keen sportsman growing up. He played cricket and was a good swimmer, but decided to concentrate on tennis.
  • Just before his 17th birthday, he moved to the Roehampton LTA National Training Centre. On weekdays he was coached by Colin Beecher, and at weekends, he went home to see his family.
  • Kyle Edmund was a successful junior player. With Frederico Ferreira Silva, Edmunds won 2012 US open junior doubles event. The pair also won the doubles title at the 2013 French Open.
  • He played his first ATP tour match in June 2013.
  • In early 2014, Kyle Edmund received his first GB Davis Cup call-up.
  • In 2015, Kyle Edmund won his first Grand slam match, defeating Stephane Robert in five sets in the first round of the French Open.
  • His highest ranking (as of July 2016) is 67, but it is thought that Kyle Edmund will break into the top 50 very soon.
  • He enjoys watching Formula 1.
  • His tennis idols are Marat Safin and Andy Murray.
  • He is Liverpool FC fan. Gerrard and Carragher were his favourite players growing up.




Captain Webb: Facts About the First Person to Swim the English Channel

Here are some facts about Captain Webb.

  • Captain Matthew Webb was a British professional swimmer. He was the first person to swim across the English Channel, the body of water between England and France.
  • Captain Webb was born in Shropshire in 1848, one of 12 children. He joined the merchant navy when he was 12, and learned to swim in the River Severn near his home.

  • Webb tried to rescue a man overboard by diving into the Atlantic Ocean, while sailing from New York to Liverpool. He was given a medal and £100 although the man was never found.
  • He swam from Dover to Calais in just under 22 hours on the 25th August, 1875. Two weeks earlier, he gave up on his first attempt because of strong winds.
  • Webb covered himself in porpoise fat before entering the water.
  • Because the currents blew him off course, he ended up covering a distance of about 64 km.

Captain Webb

  • After his success, Captain Webb made the most of his fame. His name appeared on a brand of matches, and he also endorsed books, pottery and various other products.
  • He gave up his naval career to focus on swimming. He competed in swimming competitions all over the United States, beating the current champion in a competition at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts.
  • Webb also took part in several stunts, including floating in a tank of water for 128 hours. He wrote a best-selling book called The Art of Swimming and enjoyed world wide fame.
  • In July, 1883 Captain Webb tried to swim through the Whirlpool Rapids near Niagara Falls. He died while attempting the dangerous swim and was buried in nearby Oakwood Cemetery.
  • A memorial to Webb in his home village of Dawley, Shropshire reads — Nothing great is easy.
  • The Captain Webb pub in Telford is named after the famous swimmer.

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Walter Tull: Facts and Information

Here are some interesting facts about Walter Tull.

  • Walter Tull was an English footballer who played for Northampton Town and Tottenham Hotspur. He was also the first black officer in the British army and fought in World War 1.

  • He was born in Folkestone, Kent, in April, 1888 and was raised in an orphanage in East London. His grandmother was a slave on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
  • Walter Tull began playing football for the orphanage team and joined Clapton FC in 1908. He was soon named Player of the Season and won the FA Amateur Cup and London Senior Cup.
  • He was signed up by Tottenham Hotspur in 1909, at the age of 21. The team toured Argentina and Uruguay, making Tull the first black player to play in South America.
  • Supporters of the opposing team often insulted Tull because of the colour of his skin.
  • He was signed up as half-back for Northampton Town FC in 1911, and he went on to score 9 goals in 110 senior appearances before enlisting to fight in World War I.
  • Tull was promoted to sergeant and took part in the 1916 Battle of the Somme. He was sent back to England in December 1916 with trench fever.

Walter Tull

  • In 1917, he fought in Italy. He was widely recognized for his bravery, especially on one occasion where he led over 20 men across a fast flowing river at night.
  • In March, 1918, Walter Tull was shot and killed while leading an attack on the German trenches. He was recommended for a Military Cross, and was awarded the British War and Victory Medal.
  • A memorial was erected to Walter Tull at Northampton Town FC in 1999. He has been featured on a £5 coin and has been the subject of several biographies and documentaries.

Angel Di Maria: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Angel Di Maria.

  • Angel Di Maria’s full anme is Angel Fabian Di Maria Hernandez.
  • He was born on 14 February 1988 in Rosario, Argentina.

  • His family didn’t have much money when he was growing up and they struggled to afford his football boots.
  • Di Maria signed for Rosario Central as a youth, and went on to make 35 appearances for their senior first team, scoring 6 goals.
  • In 2007 he was signed by Benfica (Portugal), where he made 76 league appearances and scored 7 league goals.
  • In 2010, Real Madrid (Spain) purchased Di Maria for around $25 million. He played 124 league matches for Real, scoring 22 goals.
  • In 2014, Manchester United purchased Angel Di Maria for nearly £60 million, the highest fee ever paid by a British club and, at the time, the sixth most expensive transfer of all time.
  • He has represented Argentina at under-20, under-23 and senior levels.
  • Angel Di Maria is a winger / attacking midfielder, known for his pace, dribbling skills and left-footed shot.
  • He is 1.8 metres tall.
  • At the 2014 World Cup, he was voted one of the ten best players in the tournament.
  • He is married to Jorgelina.
  • He is nicknamed Fideo (the Noodle) because he is skinny.
  • He has an Olympic gold medal. He was part of the Argentina team that beat Nigeria in 2008 at the Beijing Games.

World Cup Facts

Here are some facts about the World Cup.

  • The World Cup is an international football (soccer) competition between FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) countries. It has been held every 4 years since 1930, except 1942 and 1946.

  • Brazil has played in every competition and has won the World Cup 5 times up to 2014. Italy and Germany have won the competition 4 times each (up to 2014).
  • England won once, in 1966 when 100,000 fans packed Wembley Stadium to see England beat West Germany 4-2. The match was the last World Cup game to be televised in black and white.
  • The trophy awarded is the Jules Rimet Trophy, named after the FIFA president. It is made of solid 18 carat gold, and stands 36 cm high.
  • World Cup rules state that players have to wear football boots to play. India dropped out of the 1950 competition when told that they could not play barefoot.
  • Brazil’s Pele is the only player to have won 3 World Cup championships. He was also one of the youngest players to appear in a final, at just under 18 years old.
  • The first hat trick was scored by Bert Patenaude of the United States in the 1930 competition. One of the fastest ever goals was scored 11 seconds into the game by a Turkish player in 2002.
  • The system of issuing yellow and red cards to players was introduced in the 1970 competition. Chile’s Carlos Caszely was the first player to receive the red card, in 1974.
  • The 2014 competition in Brazil generated over 4 billion dollars in revenue for FIFA. Almost 10 percent of the world’s population watched the competition, making it the most watched sporting event.
  • However, the 2014 World Cup also cost an estimated 16 billion dollars. Security at the matches in Brazil was helped by using robots and drone spy planes to fly overhead.

Ryan Giggs: Facts and Information

Here are some interesting facts about Ryan Giggs.

  • Ryan Giggs is a football coach and former player. He is the most decorated player in English football history and has also been named Manchester United’s best ever player.

  • Giggs was born in Cardiff, Wales in November 1973. He enjoyed playing rugby league until the family moved to Manchester when Ryan was 6 years old.
  • He played for Salford Boys, leading them to victory in the 1987 Granada Schools Cup competition. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson visited Giggs’ house personally, as he was so impressed with his skill.
  • Ryan Giggs made his league debut playing for Manchester United against Everton in 1991. Giggs was only 17, the youngest ever member of United’s first team.
  • Giggs hosted his own television show during the 1990s about football skills, and also wrote a book based on the show. He has appeared in advertisements for watches, cologne, burgers and cable television.
  • He has scored more goals against Tottenham Hotspur than against any other team. He was the first player to score 100 premier League goals for Manchester United.
  • He has introduced ballet and yoga as part of his training routine, stating that yoga helps to give him strength and flexibility.
  • There is a portrait of Giggs in the National Library of Wales.
  • In 2006, Giggs became an ambassador for the charity UNICEF.
  • In April 2014, Giggs became the temporary player-manager of Manchester United. The following month he announced that he would not be playing football, so that he could focus on his management career. Following the appointment of Lois van Gaal as manager, Ryan Giggs took on the role of assistant manager.
  • Ryan Giggs’ awards include two young player of the year awards, the Golden Foot award, the goal of the season award and an OBE. In all, Giggs has received over 25 awards.
  • In total, as a Manchester United player, Giggs won 13 Premier League trophies, 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champion’s League trophies, 1 Cup Winner’s Cup, and 1 UEFA Super Cup.
  • He represented Wales 64 times, scoring 12 goals.
  • Giggs is only one a handful of players to have played in the Premier League at the age of 40.

Luis Suarez: Facts and Information

Here are some fact about Luis Suarez.

  • His full name is Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz.
  • He was born on 24th January 1987 in Salto, Uruguay.

  • He has six brothers.
  • Before he was a footballer, he worked as a street sweeper.
  • He is married to Sfoia Balbi and they have children.
  • Luis Suarez joined Nacional in Uruguay when he was 14, making his first team debut in 2005, aged 18. He scored his first goal in September 2005, and went on to score 10 goals in total during the 2005-6 season.
  • At the age of 19, Suarez signed for Groningen in the Netherlands.
  • In the 2006-7 season, Suarez scored 10 goals for Groningen. He also learnt to speak Dutch.
  • Suarez was signed from Groningen by Ajax, and he scored on his debut. He finished the 2007-8 season with 17 goals.
  • He scored 22 goals for Ajax in the 2008-9 season, and he was voted the Ajax player of the year.
  • Suarez was named captain during the 2009-10 season. He finished the season with 35 league goals, and 49 goals in all competitions. He was voted Ajax player of the year for the second year in a row.
  • In total, Suarez scored 111 goals for Ajax.
  • In January 2011, Ajax accepted a £22.8 million offer from Liverpool FC.
  • He scored on his Liverpool debut, and he went on to score four goals in 13 games in the 2010-11 season.
  • He had a disappointing 2011-12 season (scoring only 11 league goals), but he was the second top scorer in the Premier League in 2012-13 (with 23 goals) and he scored 30 goals for Liverpool in all competitions. He was named Liverpool’s player of the season for the 2012-13 season.
  • He scored 31 league goals during the 2013-14 season, and he was named the PFA Player of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot for being the Premier League’s top scorer.
  •  He has scored more than 35 goals for Uruguay, including 10 in 2011.
  • Although Luis Suarez is an exceptionally talented footballer, he has very poor disciplinary record. At the age of 16, he headbutted a referee in Uruguay, and in November 2010 he bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal (receiving a fine and a seven game suspension). In 2011 Suarez was accused of racially abusing Evra (Manchester United). Suarez was found guilty by the FA, and received a fine and an eight match ban. He was also forced to apologise for refusing to shake Evra’s hand during the next Liverpool vs Man Utd match, and he was banned for one match for making an obscene gesture to Fulham fans.
  • In April 2013, Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic. He was charged with violent conduct and was banned for 10 games. During the 2014 World Cup, bit a player for a third time. He was captured on film biting the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, and FIFA banned him for 9 international matches, and banned him from taking part in any football-related activities for four months.
  • In a 2012 interview, he said his hobbies were spending time with his children, and playing video games.

Tour de France Facts

Here are some facts about the Tour de France.

  • The Tour de France is the world’s most famous cycling race. It has taken place every year since 1903, except for the periods during the two world wars.
  • The competition takes place over 3 weeks, covering 3,200 kilometres around France, including the Pyrenees and the Alps. In alternate years, the course is cycled clockwise and anti-clockwise.

  • The race is divided into about 20 stages or legs, with riders timed over each stage. The longest stage can be up to 240 km and stages sometimes take place in nearby countries.
  • The stage in the Pyrenees mountains is considered to be the most difficult. In the French Alps, the cyclists reach an altitude of almost 2,000 metres and often have to cope with snowstorms.
  • An estimated 3.5 billion people watch the Tour de France on TV every year, and the race is broadcast in almost 200 countries. About 2,000 journalists cover the race each year.
  • About 12 million people line the race route each year. The average spectator travels about 130 km to watch the race for about 6 hours.
  • The first Tour de France was won by the Italian rider Maurice Garin. The first British rider to win the race was Bradley Wiggins in 2012.
  • 60 riders took part in the first Tour de France, and many were disqualified for cheating. Today, over 200 cyclists compete, each one belonging to a team.
  • Eddie Merckx has won 34 stages, more than anyone else. Merckx is also one of only 3 riders who have won the race 5 times and he was also named ‘King of the Mountains’ in 1969 and 1970.
  • The winner of each stage wears the yellow jersey, and the overall winner of the race is given the jersey. A green jersey is worn by the leader (and eventual winner) of the sprint competition.

Tom Daley: Facts About the Olympic Diver

Here are some facts about Tom Daley.

  • Tom Daley is an English diver, who represented Britain in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the 2010 Commonwealth Games. At 15, he was one of the youngest ever Olympic competitors.
  • He was born in May, 1994 in Plymouth and attended Plymouth College.

  • Daley said that he was bullied at school.
  • Daley’s speciality is the 10 metre platform event. He won the 10 metre event at the British Championships in 2008, becoming the youngest athlete to do so.
  • He studied Spanish, photography and maths A-levels, fitting them around his diving commitments. He also persuaded supermodel Kate Moss to pose for a portrait, as part of a GCSE school project.
  • Tom Daley won 2 gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in India. He also introduced a new dive earlier that same year, which was a back two-and-a-half somersault, two-and-a-half twists.
  • Tom Daley won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. During the competition he was distracted by camera flashes but was allowed to take his dive again.
  • In 2013, Daley appeared on Splash! the popular celebrity diving show. The programme received poor reviews but attracted a lot of viewers partly because of Daley’s appearance.
  • In February, 2014, the sports clothing company, Adidas, announced that Tom Daley would be one of their spokesmen. Daley will be promoting the company’s NEO brand of casual clothing, accessories and footwear.
  • Daley has won many awards as well as his Olympic medal. He has been voted BBC young sports personality of the year several times.
  • Daley has over 1.5 million followers on Twitter and is the most popular member of Team GB. His spoof on Sexy and I Know It has received over 2.4 million hits on YouTube.
  • On 2nd December 2013, Tom Daley released a YouTube video to tell his fans that he was gay and that he was currently in a relationship with a man.

Wimbledon: Facts About the Grand Slam Tennis Tournament

Here are some facts about Wimbledon.

  • Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis tournament. Since 1877 it has been held annually at Wimbledon’s All England Tennis Club in London.

  • It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (along with the French Open, the US Open and the Australian Open).
  • It is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on grass – the original surface for tennis.
  • The first tournament in 1877 was won by Spencer Gore. He was watched by about two hundred people.
  • The most important court is called Centre Court. It had a retractable roof fitted in 2009.
  • The Number 2 court is sometimes called the ‘Graveyard of Champions’ as so many top players have lost there in the early rounds of the tournament. Players such as Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Boris Becker and John McEnroe have all lost matches on Court Number 2 that they were expected to win.
  • A massive television screen is located to the northern end of the Wimbledon grounds. Fans can sit and watch key matches on an area of lawn officially named Aorangi Terrace. The area has been nicknamed ‘Henman Hill’ and ‘Murray Mount’ to show support for Britain’s players.
  • The traditioanl Wimbledon colours are purple and dark green. Players are expected to wear white outfits – although some minor coloured details are allowed.
  • Members of the Royal Family often watch matches at Wimbledon. They are seated in the Royal Box.
  • Spectators traditionally snack on strawberries and cream when watching matches at Wimbledon.
  • In 2013 Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title. He was the first British man to win the Singles event since Fred Perry in 1936.
  • Roger Federer and Pete Sampras have both won 7 Wimbledon Singles titles. In the Ladies event, Martina Navratilova won 9 titles.
  • Boris Becker won the Singles title in 1985 – he was only 17 years old.
  • The longest match ever played took place between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010. It consisted of 5 sets and 183 games.
  • The tournament starts on the last week of June and ends in early July.
  • Former winners of the men’s singles event have included: Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Pat Cash, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Arthur Ashe and Rod Laver.
  • Former winners of the ladies’ singles event have included: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jana Novotna, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Virginia Wade, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King.