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noeledmonds
06-11-2008, 04:01 PM
I thought it would be interesting to test the knowledge of the posters on the board with a short quiz. This short quiz relates to the men's singles event only unless otherwise specified and covers all of Wimbledon's history. This is not for the faint hearted!

1) Who was the last left handed player to win Wimbledon?
2) Who was the first black winner of Wimbledon?
3) What is postal code for Wimbledon, also used a synonym for Wimbledon?
4) Who won Wimbledon in the year of the open-era boycott?
5) When were ball girls first employed at Wimbledon?
6) Who was the first non-British winner of Wimbledon?
7) Which 2 players won only 2 games in the heaviest Wimbleon final defeats ever?
8 ) What year was the first TV coverage of Wimbledon?
9) Who was the last male player to win the singles, doubles and mixed doubles title in the same year?
10) What year did no seeded players play against each other at any stage during the event?
11) What year was a wooden racket last used at Wimbledon (in any event)?
12) Which British Royal once competed in the men's doubles event?
13) Approximately how many tonnes of strawberies will be sold at Wimbledon this year?
14) What year was there the first mixed team of ball boys and girls?
15) Approximately how many balls are used in a modern Wimbledon championship?

Answers will be revealed at some point after people have attempted the questions.

Guns N Pieces
06-11-2008, 04:17 PM
1) Ivanisevic, 2001

Feņa14
06-11-2008, 04:25 PM
3) SW19!

Second best postcode, after SW6 :)

Guns N Pieces
06-11-2008, 04:37 PM
A quick Wikipedia search reveals:

6) Norman Brookes, AUS, 1907
7) John Hartley (Against William Renshaw, 1881)
13) Approximately 28,123 kilograms are sold each year. So I guess that would be the amount this year too.

Gerry
06-11-2008, 04:40 PM
9) McEnroe! (1984)

SempreSami
06-11-2008, 04:46 PM
4) Jan Kodes (1973)
15) Around 52,000 were used in 2005

Andres
06-11-2008, 04:51 PM
2) Who was the first black winner of Wimbledon?

Althea Gibson, '57?

jmsx521
06-11-2008, 05:11 PM
12) Which British Royal once competed in the men's doubles event?
A: I would bet it's not Prince Charles.

13) Approximately how many tonnes of strawberies will be sold at Wimbledon this year?
A: Count the slightly chubby people X 2.

15) Approximately how many balls are used in a modern Wimbledon championship?
A: No more or less than in other majors. New balls every 6-7 games!?

tennis55
06-11-2008, 11:49 PM
4. Jan Kodes

5. 1977

8. 1937

14. 1980

SgtJohn
06-12-2008, 01:38 AM
I thought it would be interesting to test the knowledge of the posters on the board with a short quiz. This short quiz relates to the men's singles event only unless otherwise specified and covers all of Wimbledon's history. This is not for the faint hearted!

1) Who was the last left handed player to win Wimbledon?
2) Who was the first black winner of Wimbledon?
3) What is postal code for Wimbledon, also used a synonym for Wimbledon?
4) Who won Wimbledon in the year of the open-era boycott?
5) When were ball girls first employed at Wimbledon?
6) Who was the first non-British winner of Wimbledon?
7) Which 2 players won only 2 games in the heaviest Wimbleon final defeats ever?
8 ) What year was the first TV coverage of Wimbledon?
9) Who was the last male player to win the singles, doubles and mixed doubles title in the same year?
10) What year did no seeded players play against each other at any stage during the event?
11) What year was a wooden racket last used at Wimbledon (in any event)?
12) Which British Royal once competed in the men's doubles event?
13) Approximately how many tonnes of strawberies will be sold at Wimbledon this year?
14) What year was there the first mixed team of ball boys and girls?
15) Approximately how many balls are used in a modern Wimbledon championship?

Answers will be revealed at some point after people have attempted the questions.

OK, with no cheating:

1)Ivanisevic
2)Arthur Ashe,1975 (I suppose the question is about men's tennis?)
3)SW19
4)Jan Kodes (d Alex Metreveli (!!))
5)
6)Norman Brookes (1907) was Australian, but it was technically still a part of the British empire. So it would rather be Bill Tilden (1920)
7)Hartley against W Renshaw. I don't remember there was a second one...
8)
9)John Newcombe? Frank Sedgman? I know they won Singles and Men's doubles the same year but my mixed doubles knowledge is not what it used to be ;-)
10)
11)Mid 80s, probably (I guess Borg's 'wooden' comeback tour didn't include Wimbledon? :-))
12) to 15) ?

my_forehand
06-12-2008, 03:46 AM
I thought it would be interesting to test the knowledge of the posters on the board with a short quiz. This short quiz relates to the men's singles event only unless otherwise specified and covers all of Wimbledon's history. This is not for the faint hearted!

1) Who was the last left handed player to win Wimbledon?
Goran Ivanesevic (sp?)
2) Who was the first black winner of Wimbledon?
Ashe (Gibson for womens)
3) What is postal code for Wimbledon, also used a synonym for Wimbledon?
SW19
4) Who won Wimbledon in the year of the open-era boycott?
From another poster: Kodes
5) When were ball girls first employed at Wimbledon?
From another poster: 1977
6) Who was the first non-British winner of Wimbledon?
Or, who's going to be the next British winner?
12) Which British Royal once competed in the men's doubles event?
George VI
13) Approximately how many tonnes of strawberies will be sold at Wimbledon this year?
A lot.

Answers will be revealed at some point after people have attempted the questions.

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noeledmonds
06-12-2008, 04:30 AM
Here are the questioned answered correctly so far:

1) GORAN IVANISEVIC was the last left-handed winner of Wimbledon in 2001

2) ARTHUR ASHE was the first [male] black winner of Wimbledon

3) SW19 is the postal area of Wimbledon

4) KODES won Wimbledon the year of the boycott in 1973

5) 1977 was the year that ball girls were first employed at Wimbledon

6) NORMAN BROOKES was the first non-British winner of Wimbledon in 1907 (I don't think that Brookes would have described himself as British despite Australia being part of the British Empire at the time)

7) HARTLEY is one of the players to have suffered the join heaviest Wimbledon final defeat in 1881 but the other player has yet to be identified

8 ) 1937 was when Wimbledon was first covered on television

9) SEDGEMAN won the "Wimbledon treble" last in 1952 (Budge did so before him)

10) No correct anwer yet

11) No correct year given yet

12) PRINCE ALBERT (later to become GEORGE VI) competed in the Wimbledon doubles in 1922 (incidentally he lost in the first round)

13) Round about 24 TONES (or 25,000Kg) of strawberies are sold each year although estimates seems to vary from around 20 to 30 tonnes

14) 1980 was when the first mixed team of ball boys and girls worked together at Wimbledon

15) No correct answer yet

boredone3456
06-12-2008, 06:03 AM
10. 1996?

11. 1986 (merely a guess)

15. do you mean balls actually used by the players in play or balls purchased by the tournament and handled by the officials during the final?

Lefty
06-12-2008, 08:56 AM
#7. Didn't Connors smoke Rosewall real bad in the mid 70s?

Gerry
06-12-2008, 10:49 AM
7) HARTLEY is one of the players to have suffered the join heaviest Wimbledon final defeat in 1881 but the other player has yet to be identified

Gottfried Alexander Maximilian Walter Kurt Freiherr von Cramm [source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_von_Cramm)]

G.

noeledmonds
06-12-2008, 02:56 PM
Another correct answer:

7) GOTTFRIED VON CRAMM won just 2 games in the 1936 Wimbledon final against Perry in the joint worst Wimbledon final defeat (I think this is particularly impressive from Perry given that Von Cramm was no walk over and had beaten Perry in the French Open final just weeks before)


15. do you mean balls actually used by the players in play or balls purchased by the tournament and handled by the officials during the final?

I am just looking for an approximate figure. If you give me an answer then I can tell you if it matches what I have. I am not sure that the number of balls in play against the number of balls purchased would be radically different from each other.

Just Questions 10), 11) and 15) remain unanswered

roundiesee
06-13-2008, 12:28 AM
10) What year did no seeded players play against each other at any stage during the event?

Just a guess- 1985, when Becker won as an unseeded player?

roundiesee
06-13-2008, 12:41 AM
11) What year was a wooden racket last used at Wimbledon (in any event)?

Another guess- 1987? The year when Cash won using his Prince Magnesium. Although I don't really know who was the player who did use a wood racket that year.

Forehand_Punisher
06-13-2008, 12:56 AM
15) The whole Championship? About 15,000.

urban
06-13-2008, 01:12 AM
To his credit, von Cramm injured his leg in the opening game, which went over 10 minutes. He couldn't run anymore, but played to the end. Afterwards he excused himself to the crowd.

Forehand_Punisher
06-13-2008, 01:18 AM
10) What year did no seeded players play against each other at any stage during the event?

Just a guess- 1985, when Becker won as an unseeded player?


Since you guessed 1985, I'll guess 1996, with Krajicek over Washington.

roundiesee
06-15-2008, 04:44 PM
Since you guessed 1985, I'll guess 1996, with Krajicek over Washington.

Good guess! Completely slipped my mind re the Washington-Krajicek final. That was the year that interrupted Pete's run, otherwise it would have been 8 straight Wimbys for Sampras, surely a record that won't ever be broken?

jmsx521
06-15-2008, 04:55 PM
Another Quiz Question
What player hit a second serve ace on a match-point against him!?

FedForGOAT
06-15-2008, 09:53 PM
11) 1982? I think it said somewhere that McEnroe used graphite in 83' so I just went along with 1982.

Forehand_Punisher
06-15-2008, 11:03 PM
11) 1982? I think it said somewhere that McEnroe used graphite in 83' so I just went along with 1982.

It seems like 1987 was the last year someone used a wooden racquet. Can't seem to find who it was though.

FedForGOAT
06-15-2008, 11:08 PM
Another correct answer:

7) GOTTFRIED VON CRAMM won just 2 games in the 1936 Wimbledon final against Perry in the joint worst Wimbledon final defeat (I think this is particularly impressive from Perry given that Von Cramm was no walk over and had beaten Perry in the French Open final just weeks before)




I am just looking for an approximate figure. If you give me an answer then I can tell you if it matches what I have. I am not sure that the number of balls in play against the number of balls purchased would be radically different from each other.

Just Questions 10), 11) and 15) remain unanswered

52,000 (# balls purchased), as stated before, is the figure I found as well. I also read somewhere that the AO uses approximately 40,000 balls. But that doesn't fit my calculations. GS are run by the ITF so new balls are given out ever 9 or 11 games (alternating). I think (this is what I'm not sure about) there are always 6 balls in play. So say an average match (for men) is over 40 games, so they go through 5 sets of balls. So that's 6*5=30 balls a match. And they play 127 matches w/o qualies. So that's 127*30=3810 balls. Now of course there is Ladies matches and doubles , etc. But 13 times the amount of balls I calculated doesn't seem right. Does anyone see a mistake I made?

joeri888
06-16-2008, 12:04 AM
52,000 (# balls purchased), as stated before, is the figure I found as well. I also read somewhere that the AO uses approximately 40,000 balls. But that doesn't fit my calculations. GS are run by the ITF so new balls are given out ever 9 or 11 games (alternating). I think (this is what I'm not sure about) there are always 6 balls in play. So say an average match (for men) is over 40 games, so they go through 5 sets of balls. So that's 6*5=30 balls a match. And they play 127 matches w/o qualies. So that's 127*30=3810 balls. Now of course there is Ladies matches and doubles , etc. But 13 times the amount of balls I calculated doesn't seem right. Does anyone see a mistake I made?I think they use more balls a match, with the warmups, and long matches sometimes. Then there's the womens singles, the men's doubles, ladie's doubles, mixed doubles, girls singles, boys singles,(doubles too?) weelchair male, weelchair female, and maybe they count the qualifying tournament as well.

noeledmonds
06-16-2008, 12:12 PM
Final answers are as follows:

11) What year was a wooden racket last used at Wimbledon (in any event)?
1987



15) Approximately how many balls are used in a modern Wimbledon championship?
I found a figure of around 40,000 but estimates seem to vary between 40,000 and 55,000.


10) What year did no seeded players play against each other at any stage during the event?
Noone got this one anywhere near right. It was in 1963 (when Chuck Mckinley won) that no seeds played against each other. Very surprising really but I think only 8 players were seeded back then.

Moose Malloy
06-16-2008, 12:28 PM
1987


do you know the player? I know Mecir used a graphite racquet with a wood core.

CEvertFan
06-16-2008, 01:32 PM
I thought it would be interesting to test the knowledge of the posters on the board with a short quiz. This short quiz relates to the men's singles event only unless otherwise specified and covers all of Wimbledon's history. This is not for the faint hearted!

1) Who was the last left handed player to win Wimbledon?
2) Who was the first black winner of Wimbledon?
3) What is postal code for Wimbledon, also used a synonym for Wimbledon?
4) Who won Wimbledon in the year of the open-era boycott?
5) When were ball girls first employed at Wimbledon?
6) Who was the first non-British winner of Wimbledon?
7) Which 2 players won only 2 games in the heaviest Wimbleon final defeats ever?
8 ) What year was the first TV coverage of Wimbledon?
9) Who was the last male player to win the singles, doubles and mixed doubles title in the same year?
10) What year did no seeded players play against each other at any stage during the event?
11) What year was a wooden racket last used at Wimbledon (in any event)?
12) Which British Royal once competed in the men's doubles event?
13) Approximately how many tonnes of strawberies will be sold at Wimbledon this year?
14) What year was there the first mixed team of ball boys and girls?
15) Approximately how many balls are used in a modern Wimbledon championship?

Answers will be revealed at some point after people have attempted the questions.


1). Goran Ivanisevic (2001)
2). Althea Gibson for the women (1957) and Arthur Ashe for the men (1975)
3). SW19
4). Jan Kodes (1973)
5). 1977
6). Norman Brookes (Australia) (1907)
7). William Renshaw defeated John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in 1881 and Fred Perry defeated Gottfreid von Cramm 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in 1936.
8 ). 1937
9). Frank Sedgman (1952)
10). ???
11). 1987
12). Prince Albert (later King George VI)
13). 28.123 metric tonnes or 28,123 kilograms of strawberries
14). ???
15). Approximately 42,000

I did this without looking at any of the answers already posted and with only a bit of research for the two questions I didn't know (#10 and #14) and since I couldn't find the answers I left them blank.