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.

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.

Roger Federer: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Roger Federer, one of the world’s greatest tennis players.

  • Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland on 8th August 1981.
  • As a child, Federer played a range of sports, including: tennis, football, badminton and basketball.

  • Roger Federer was a successful junior tennis player. He won the junior Wimbledon event in 1998, and he made the final of the US Open junior tournament.
  • Roger Federer became a professional tennis player in 1998.
  • From 1998 – 2002, Federer showed much promise and had some success. He made the final of the Marseille Open in 2000, he defeated Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001, and he won the Hamburg Masters in 2002. In 2002, Federer broke into the ATP top ten for the very first time.
  • Federer won his first Grand Slam singles title by beating Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final in 2003.

Roger Federer

  • He went on to dominate the sport, winning 17 Grand Slam titles.
  • Federer became world number one in 2004, and he has held that position for more than 300 weeks.
  • At the 2013 French Open, Federer set the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals reached (33).
  • Federer has won over 70 tournaments and won more than $70 million in prize money.
  • Roger Federer is right-handed, and he is famed for his fluid, graceful playing style.
  • Along with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer was part of the ‘Big Four’ who dominated tennis in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
  • He married Mirka Vavrinec in 2009. Mirka was also a professional tennis player.
  • They have two children – identical twins called Myla Rose and Charlene – born on 23rd July 2009.
  • He is friends with many sportsmen, including Tiger Woods and Pete Sampras.