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Tennis Day
Arts & Entertainment
Deuce!

When: February 23rd

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Depending on where you live, an outdoor or indoor game of tennis might be in order for this time of year.  If you have a tennis facility near where you live a match with a friend or even practicing hitting the ball could be a great way to celebrate the day.  If you are new to the game, another way learn something about the sport is watch some live matches on television or some old historic match play videos on the internet.
 

Numbers

In case you were wondering how many tennis balls can fit in a standard size 747 aircraft..it's approximately 7,894,917.

Description

The sport of Tennis may have origins tracing back to France and rumor has it that even Sir Gawain of the famed Knights of the Roundtable even fancied playing, but the sport is also very popular and has a rich history among Americans in the United States.  In 1973, one of the most famous tennis matches occurred and was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes”, the match featured top women's player Billie Jean King, who beat a former No. 1 ranked men's player named Bobby Riggs. Among other notable tennis figures, who can forget the amazing play and even more interesting tennis personality of John McEnroe. There are many famed tournaments played each year but the Championships, Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and recognized as the most prestigious. It's a great sport and one that can be played by most anyone, regardless of age.

Interesting Facts

  1. In 1997 the Arthur Ashe Stadium is completed, making the stadium the largest tennis-specific stadium on the world.
  2. The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association changed the name and dropped the "L" in 1975 now called just the USTA.
  3. Serena Williams has won more Grand Slam singles titles (23) than any other player during the open era.
  4. Michael Te-Pei Chang is the youngest male player in history to win a Grand Slam, winning the 1989 French Open at 17 years old.
  5. Arthur Ashe is the first Black tennis player to win a major men's singles championship.

Information

Observed:
  • February 23rd
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