The Biggest Tournaments in Tennis

Every tennis calendar year has the dates marked for the four majors (also known as Grand Slam events) which feature the greatest tennis players who come to battle for the grand prize. The points that players can earn by attending these events are more than in other tournaments. It is no wonder that tennis lovers in Ireland are following the Grand Slams with more than a passing interest.

For a player to grace any of the Grand Slams, they have to play many other tournaments coming their way to enable them to reach a maximum peak in readiness for the majors. There is also an major media presence at every grand slam. For these reasons, when it comes to the biggest tournaments in tennis, the focus will be on the grand slam events. We will also look at the most famous national tournaments: the Fed Cup, for the ladies, and the Davis Cup, for the men.

Wimbledon

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Wimbledon is the most prestigious and the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Did you know that the event is often frequented by members of the English Royal Family?

The Wimbledon tournament lasts 14 days and used to always begin in June. However, recent changes in the tennis calendar has moved the date up, so it now commences in July. A dress code for the royals in attendance and players is only one of the many traditions that the event upholds. It is also famous for the fact that strawberries and cream are the food of choice. For instance, in the year 2007, fans ate 34,000kgs of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream during the event.

Looking around the Wimbledon courts, you will not see any sponsored advertising. But that doesn’t mean that companies are not interested in it. In fact, it is one of the most popular sports events for punters to place a bet on. At Mr Green you can find both fixed and live betting for matches at Wimbledon.

The History of Wimbledon

As one of the oldest sporting events, Wimbledon first took place in 1877. The event’s venue has not changed since and continues to be the London All England Club, Wimbledon.

The Wimbledon tournament is the only of the four Grand Slams that is being played on the grass, as used to be the tradition. Even the rules that were originally set up for the Lawn Tennis Championship are still very similar to the ones that are used today.

The Englishman Spencer Gore, who was also a first-class cricketer, was the first person to win the championship when only men were the only participants. The changes in the world of sport introduced the women singles and the gentlemen’s doubles in 1884. The first ladies doubles and mixed doubles took place in 1913.

How Wimbledon is structured

The draw is a random selection which is executed by a computer to determine the players’ position. All the 32 seeded names are taken from the draw before this process, and the organisers add them back later.

There is a very good reason why the process is like this: each player is placed in one of the two brackets to ensure that highly seeded players do not face each other early on in the tournament. In other words, what the software does is to make sure that none of the top eight seeds meets until the end of the start of the quarterfinals.

Player spotlight: Roger Federer

Roger Federer won his latest and 100th singles career in Dubai 2019 and the Swiss has won the Wimbledon title eight times. He holds another record for the most Grand Slam titles totalling to 20. Federer turned to a professional in 1998; his ranking since 2002 was in the top 10 for 14 years. He propelled back into the top 10 by winning the Australian open back in 2017.

Most analysts and fellow players regard him as the greatest ever player to embrace the tennis court. In his generation, he is sometimes even referred to him as one of the greatest athletes of the time. Alongside the Grand Slam wins, Roger Federer also won the 2008 Olympic gold medal.

Record Era Player Number Years
Most men’s singles titles Pre-1968 William Renshaw 7 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889
Laurence Doherty 5 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906
Open Era Roger Federer 8 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017
Pete Sampras 7 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Björn Borg 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Most women’s singles titles Pre-1968 Helen Wills Moody 8 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938
Dorothea Lambert Chambers 7 1903, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914
Martina Navratilova 9 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990

US Open

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Introduction

US Open is another of the world’s oldest tennis competitions. The tennis championship was introduced in 1881 and has brought us some of the world’s most exciting matches over the years. Icons of tennis like McEnroe, Becker, Edberg, and Connors have all graced the Flushing Meadows tennis courts.

The US open is Grand Slam number four on the tennis calendar. The event starts in late August and plays for 14 days covering the US Labour Day in between. This is the only event that is determined by tiebreakers in all its five sets. The other three Grand Slams use different scoring methods to matches that go up to the 6-6 in the final set.

Other tennis competitions that deserve mentioning but do not reach the level of the Grand Slams include the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Masters. However, the two cannot compete on the same level as the US Open if you consider history, prize money, ranking points, and attendance.

US Open history

The inaugural US open tournament took place in 1881 when only men were allowed to play in singles and doubles events. Six years later, women were introduced into the game with the first being mixed doubles which took place in 1889. The US Open is currently played on a hard surface, however, in the previous years it was played on both clay and grass.

The US championships began in Rhode Island before moving to the current playground at Queens. The first person to win the US Open was Richard Sears. Since it began, the US Open has been played every year – a unique feat among the other three Grand Slams. It is the most reliable event in the tennis calendar to both the fans and punters who follow tennis. By using Mr Green’s tennis betting strategies you have no excuse not to mastering placing a bet on tennis and become a pro at it.

How the US Open is structured

The event covers five primary competitions, i.e., women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Other events include the juniors, seniors, and wheelchair players. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows has been hosting the US Open since 1978.

The US Open is the only one of the four Grand Slams that uses tiebreakers in every singles match. This is also the only Grand Slam to feature 16 qualifiers, instead of 12, in the women singles event.

Player spotlight: Jimmy Connors

He was arguably the greatest ever player to grace the US Open. He took part in the event for five consecutive years in a row, running from 1974 to 1978, and won three of the titles. Each of these titles was won on a different surface: grass, hard court, and clay. Jimmy Connors final US Open win was in 1983, ending the year as the world’s No.3. In that year, two other greats, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe, were swapping the top two ranking position many times.

Jimmy Connors assumed the No.1 ATP for a record 160 weeks straight at the time, starting in 1974 and ending in 1977. In total he held the top spot for 268 weeks.

US Open records as of 2019

Record Era Player Number Years
Most men’s singles titles Pre-1968 Richard Sears 7 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887
William Larned 7 1901, 1902, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911
Bill Tilden 7 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929
Open Era Jimmy Connors 5 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983
Pete Sampras 5 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002
Roger Federer 5 2004, 2005, 2006 , 2007, 2008
Most women’s singles titles Pre-1968 Molla Mallory 8 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1926
Open Era Chris Evert 6 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982
Serena Williams 6 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014

Australian Open

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The Australian Championship, as the Australia Open was formerly known, is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. Some call it the Grand Slam of Asia / Pacific or the Happy Slam.

The Australian Open has the largest attendance of all Grand Slams, with the one in 2019 attracting more than 78,000 fans. The main courts hosting this grand slam are Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, and the Melbourne Arena, and features indoor play in the case of extreme heat or wet weather.

Australian Open history

The first Australian Open was held in Melbourne in 1905, and tennis player Rodney Heath was the winner. Since 1905 to date, the Australian Open has taken place every January. The first time women were allowed to the event was in 1922 and the winner at that time was Mali Molesworth. In the history of all Grand Slams, 2011 saw the longest match pitting Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone. The contest lasted for four hours before Svetlana won.

A year later, the longest ever match at the Australian Open was played between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. This match lasted for close to six hours before Djokovic became the winner.

Before 1988, the Australian Open was played on grass but then it changed to a hard surface.

How the Australian Open is structured

The beginning of every tournament is marked by the singles qualification event which normally lasts a few days. The first round starts soon after the qualification rounds end. This is usually followed by the knockout stage of the Australian Open which eventually leads to the quarterfinals. The quarter finals marks the prime stage of the game where all the action goes down.

The draws are planned such that the women’s final is played on Saturdays and the men’s final takes place the following day. The men’s final game raises the stakes, and that is where you could use some of Mr Green’s betting strategies before you place your next bet.

Player spotlight: Novak Djokovic

Djokovic holds the record for wins at the Australian Open, with seven wins in 15 years. He also has 15 Grand Slam titles to his name, 32 ATP Tour Masters 1000 times, 12 ATP tour 500 titles, and he has won 5 ATP finals.

But wait, there’s more: Novak Djokovic stayed at the helm of ATP ranking for more than 240 weeks. He is on record as the first ever player to win all Grand Slams on three different playing surfaces. Plus he is the only male tennis player who has won each of the nine Master 1000 events. You can see why Serbia is proud at its first No. 1 ranked tennis player.

Away from the court, Djokovic has won the 2011 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year award and various other awards.

Australian Open records as of 2019

Record Era Player Number Years
Most men’s singles titles Pre-1969 Roy Emerson 6 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
Open Era Novak Djokovic 7 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
Most women’s singles titles Pre-1969 Margaret Court 7 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
Open Era Serena Williams 7 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017

French Open

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Roland Garros, another name for the French Open, runs for 14 days starting in May and ending in early June. It takes place in the stadium in Paris named after Roland Garros, a French aviator. The French Open boasts being number 1 in the world for hosting the most famous clay court tennis competition.

Compared to other Grand Slams, the French Open requires a lot of physical preparation. This is because the games lasts seven rounds, with the best of five single matches (there are no tiebreakers in the fifth set), and is played on a slow-playing surface.

French Open history

The French Open inaugural tournament was in 1891. Back then, it was a national event. In 1925, it evolved to what we know now as the global competition.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam played on clay. This creates a lot of excitement for the tennis fans and gamblers alike. Mr Green offers a free bet for those with enough confidence that their pick will be the winner.

It is a bit difficult for players to achieve a winning title in all of the four Grand Slams, mainly because of the French Open. Due to the different playing surface, it poses a huge challenge for most players to achieve top results in all tournaments.

The French Open is the only championship where professionals and amateurs compete against each other. In the year 2007, it was the first championship to award the same amount of prize money to both genders.

How the French Open is structured

When it comes to the structure of the tournament, there are not many differences between the other Grand Slams and the French Open. The main difference is, as previously mentioned, the playing surface. Clay courts make the tournament physically draining and the toughest in the world. The courts are slow, and players have to rely on topspin shots.

Many players who were successful at the other Grand slams have tried to defend their success here and failed. Some of them include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Maria Bueno, Bill Tilden, Boris Becker, and Jimmy Connors.

Player spotlight: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has a record of being a winner at Roland Garros 11 times. He has won 17 Grand Slam events in total and he is on Roger Federer’s heels for the most Grand Slam victories. He had a No. 1 ATP ranking for 196 weeks and has more than 80 career titles to his name. On the clay court, Rafael won 57 titles. Rafael Nadal holds the record for the longest winning streak on the same surface since the beginning of the Open Era.

Nadal has been a member of the winning Davis Cup team from Spain on four different occasions. Together with Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is Nadal one of only five players ever to complete a Career Grand Slam.

French Open records as of 2019

Record Era Player Number Years
Most men’s singles titles Pre-1925 Max Decugis 8 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914
1925-68 Henri Cochet 4 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932
Open Era Rafael Nadal 11 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
Pre-1968 Suzanne Lenglen 6 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926
Open Era Chris Evert 7 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986

Davis Cup

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Also known as, the men’s premier global tennis competition, the Davis Cup takes place under the banner of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The event runs every year and is also known as “the world cup of tennis.” The winning team normally earns the title ‘World Championship team.’

The ITF introduced some changes to the event in 2018. This meant that from 2019 onwards, the event will be hosting 18 teams. This change was made possible after an endorsement by 71% of the ITF membership. Notably, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic welcomed the new modifications. However, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, and Lucas Pouille were against it.

Davis Cup history

The event started in 1900 when it hosted a contest between the United States and Great Britain. The competition idea is thought to have come from the US National Lawn Tennis Association president James Dwight in 1881.

Global competitions had been taking place before the first Davis Cup event. The first of such events was an annual competition between England and Ireland, but it didn’t last very long.

Since the early days of the Davis Cup, the number of countries participating has grown rapidly. In 2016 no less than 135 nations registered. Two countries have dominated the tournaments success history with the United States holding 32 titles and Australia with 28 titles.

How the Davis Cup is structured

The event started in 1900 when it hosted a contest between the United States and Great Britain. The competition idea is thought to have come from the US National Lawn Tennis Association president James Dwight in 1881.

Global competitions had been taking place before the first Davis Cup event. The first of such events was an annual competition between England and Ireland, but it didn’t last very long.

Since the early days of the Davis Cup, the number of countries participating has grown rapidly. In 2016 no less than 135 nations registered. Two countries have dominated the tournaments success history with the United States holding 32 titles and Australia with 28 titles.

Davis Cup records as of 2019

Country Number of titles First title Last title
United States 9 1972 2007
Sweden 7 1975 1998
Australia 6 1973 2003
Spain 5 2000 2011
France 4 1991 2017
Germany 3 1988 1993
Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia 3 1980 2013
Russia 2 2002 2006
Croatia 2 2005 2018
South Africa 1 1974
Italy 1 1976
Serbia 1 2010
Switzerland 1 2014
Great Britain 1 2015
Argentina 1 2016

Fed Cup

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The Fed Cup is the tennis premier event on the global arena that features only women. The competition started in 1963 as a way of marking the ITF’s 50th Anniversary. Before 1995, the events was called the Federation Cup. It now attracts a large number of countries looking to compete and is, therefore, the largest women global sports event that takes place every year. Katrina Adams is the current chair of the Fed Cup.

The Czech Republic, Australia, and the United States are the only countries that have hosted both the Davis Cup and Fed Cup concurrently. Besides the Fed Cup, ladies also take part in the Hopman Cup, an annual mixed gender tennis game played in an indoor arena. The event is held on a hardcourt every year in Australia in the beginning of the year.

Fed Cup history

The Fed Cup was the dream of Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman back in 1919. She wanted a tennis competition that features only women as participants. At that time, the idea was not embraced. However, she later presented the Wightman Cup prize on an annual event that featured Great Britain and the United States.

Later in 1962, another lady, Mary Hardwick Hare came up with a dossier supporting an idea similar to Wightman’s dream. She garnered a lot of support and sympathy, and there was no way ITF would have rejected her idea. The Fed Cup was introduced 40 years after Wightman’s dream.

How the Fed Cup is structured

The most notable change to the structure of the Fed Cup took place in 1992 when the regional qualifying competitions were introduced. Three years later, the same year in which the name Federation Cup was changed to Fed Cup, matches were starting to be played in the home countries of the teams. The home-and-away format has been in use since 1995 with minimal changes.

In the year 2005, another format involving two world groups with eight countries each was introduced. All teams play both home and away fixtures over the duration of three weekends per year. At the same time, three regional groups also compete with results that will determine promotions and relegations.

Fed Cup records as of 2019

Country Number of titles First title Last title
United States 18 1963 2017
Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia 11 1975 2018
Australia 7 1964 1974
Spain 5 1991 1998
Soviet Union / Russia 4 2004 2008
Italy 4 2006 2013
Germany / West Germany 2 1966 2014
France 2 1997 2003
South Africa 1 1972
Belgium 1 2001
Slovakia 1 2002

Conclusion

Tennis has shown considerable growth over the years, resulting in a global competition with no sign of slowing its progress. Some of the greatest athletes have graced the various events showcasing their skills in serving and volleys that endear them to their fans. The global viewing figures and attendance has been steady and consistent due to the rising popularity of punters and tennis fans.

Mr Green can introduce you to opportunities such as live betting which enhances the excitement of watching and anticipating a win on your bet. Regardless of who you support, what matters is watching the game because you love it, whether you have placed a small bet or whether you are rooting for your national hero.