The Trivia Thread

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Nathaniel_Near

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I'm about to be extremely busy and will be almost non-existent on this forum quite soon, sorry.
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
I can't think of any. I know Edberg beat him once though.

Btw, does anyone still want to know the logic to my picture puzzle ? ;-)
 

FreeBird

Legend
I can't think of any. I know Edberg beat him once though.

Btw, does anyone still want to know the logic to my picture puzzle ? ;-)
Should I say yes? Because as soon as I do it, you will give some more hints and stretch it for 2 more days.:evil:
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Okay, hint time:

They played each other *four* times at the US Open (ie as many times as Sampras played Agassi there), ending up at 2-2.

Oh, and we're talking about an unseeded player--ie a 'journeyman' who was outside the top 20 (at least) every time Sampras played him there, so probably not one of your usual suspects. ;)
 

The_Order

G.O.A.T.
Okay, hint time:

They played each other *four* times at the US Open (ie as many times as Sampras played Agassi there), ending up at 2-2.

Oh, and we're talking about an unseeded player--ie a 'journeyman' who was outside the top 20 (at least) every time Sampras played him there, so probably not one of your usual suspects. ;)
Yzaga?

I'm guessing this because I know he lost to him in 1994 and everybody else he's lost to weren't ranked out of the top 20. So my hunch is he played and lost to Yzaga in a US Open before 1990 as well...
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Yzaga?

I'm guessing this because I know he lost to him in 1994 and everybody else he's lost to weren't ranked out of the top 20. So my hunch is he played and lost to Yzaga in a US Open before 1990 as well...
Well done! He also played him (and lost in five) in the 1st round in '88, his (Sampras') very first grand slam tournament.

He beat him (in the 3rd round, I think) in four in '89, then lost this famous R16 five-set thriller in '94, and finally crushed him in straights in '95.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
lol - I had to google that name. never heard of him :S
Shame on you for never hearing about the Peruvian GOAT! ;)

Okay, then, here's another one: who won tournaments on three different continents on three consecutive weeks in 1986 (beating Yzaga on the way to his second win, lol)?

This may have been done before (or after), but including the year should make it easy enough... :)
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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Shame on you for never hearing about the Peruvian GOAT! ;)

Okay, then, here's another one: who won tournaments on three different continents on three consecutive weeks in 1986 (beating Yzaga on the way to his second win, lol)?

This may have been done before (or after), but including the year should make it easy enough... :)
Again, I don't know, but it reminds me of an earlier question, thus: Mecir, or Mečíř as is correct.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
List the French Open champions that Pete Sampras has defeated at Roland Garros.
Off the top of my head, Bruguera, Muster, and Courier. Oh, and also Costa when he was a kid.

(Note that, technically, the only French Open champion he beat at RG was Courier--the others all won the title *after* he beat them.) ;)
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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Nope. the pool of possible candidates is limited, though. ;)
Must be one of the dominant forces of the time. Winning in such a short space of time probably tends to require someone who can get really hot and and not burn themselves out. How about Boris Becker?
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Must be one of the dominant forces of the time. Winning in such a short space of time probably tends to require someone who can get really hot and and not burn themselves out. How about Boris Becker?
That's him. He won in Sydney (beating Lendl in the final), Tokyo (beating Edberg), and Paris-Bercy for the very first edition of the tournament (beating the surprise-finalist Casal) over three consecutive weeks in October '86. :)

He was playing like a madman to catch up with Lendl, but Ivan trounced him in straights in the Masters final, just like he had done at the beginning of the year (for a few years, the Masters was played in January the following year--go figure--and 1986 was the year when it started playing more 'normally' at the end of the year... with the funny bit of trivia that both editions of the Masters that year ended up on the same result, ie a straight-set victory for Lendl over Becker).
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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Thanks for the info. BTW, what was seen as the more important tournament throughout the duration of the 80's: WCT Finals or Masters?
 
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sbengte

G.O.A.T.
That's him. He won in Sydney (beating Lendl in the final), Tokyo (beating Edberg), and Paris-Bercy for the very first edition of the tournament (beating the surprise-finalist Casal) over three consecutive weeks in October '86. :)

He was playing like a madman to catch up with Lendl, but Ivan trounced him in straights in the Masters final, just like he had done at the beginning of the year (for a few years, the Masters was played in January the following year--go figure--and 1986 was the year when it started playing more 'normally' at the end of the year... with the funny bit of trivia that both editions of the Masters that year ended up on the same result, ie a straight-set victory for Lendl over Becker).

Interesting . I just saw the question and was about to guess Lendl as the answer :)
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the info. BTW, what was seen as the more important tournament throughout the duration of the 80's: WTC or Masters?
That's a good question. Over the whole decade, I'd have to say the Masters, as the WTC finals became more of a grassly-paid exhibition when the WTC circuit pettered out. But over 1980-85 (roughly), I would say they were pretty much equal.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Okay, here is a bit of glitz:

Who is the only male player who won a gold-and-diamond racket valued (at the time) at 1 million dollars? Additional questions, where and how did he win it?

(For the record, he almost won it twice, and also prevented his biggest rival from winning it.)
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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That's a good question. Over the whole decade, I'd have to say the Masters, as the WTC finals became more of a grassly-paid exhibition when the WTC circuit pettered out. But over 1980-85 (roughly), I would say they were pretty much equal.
During the 80's and only the 80's, were either event ever treated as a true 'Major tournament'?

I know that during at least some of the 70's that the WCT Finals more or less was.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
During the 80's and only the 80's, were either event ever treated as a true 'Major tournament'?

I know that during at least some of the 70's that the WCT Finals more or less was.
Oh yeah, definitely. Both were bigger than the Australian Open at the beginning of the '80's (the AO really became a grand slam again with the switch from Kooyong to Melbourne Park, in '88). :)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Okay, here is a bit of glitz:

Who is the only male player who won a gold-and-diamond racket valued (at the time) at 1 million dollars? Additional questions, where and how did he win it?

(For the record, he almost won it twice, and also prevented his biggest rival from winning it.)
Lendl won it by capturing the EEC Antwerp title three times in four years in the mid-80's.
Becker beat him to deny the second matching trophy in '91.
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
Hmm...I am tempted to troll you for some more time but out of consideration for the nice guys like Nathaniel, here goes :

The Petzscher-Nadal match score on picture two was a hint for the year, because of their famous Wimbledon encounter.
Prince William at the AO was a secondary hint for the year, though it served another purpose as well.

So you have

2010
Prince William
Fransesca Perello
?
Kim Sears

Get it ? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 

FreeBird

Legend
Hmm...I am tempted to troll you for some more time but out of consideration for the nice guys like Nathaniel, here goes :

The Petzscher-Nadal match score on picture two was a hint for the year, because of their famous Wimbledon encounter.
Prince William at the AO was a secondary hint for the year, though it served another purpose as well.

So you have

2010
Prince William
Fransesca Perello
?
Kim Sears

Get it ? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
The answer is ambiguous. A lot of of other answers are possible with the given set of pictures. :evil:
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Lendl won it by capturing the EEC Antwerp title three times in four years in the mid-80's.
Becker beat him to deny the second matching trophy in '91.
Well done, brother Tom. And Lendl denied McEnroe by beating him in 1989, thus preventing him from getting his third win. :)
 

Enigma

Semi-Pro
Hmm...I am tempted to troll you for some more time but out of consideration for the nice guys like Nathaniel, here goes :

The Petzscher-Nadal match score on picture two was a hint for the year, because of their famous Wimbledon encounter.
Prince William at the AO was a secondary hint for the year, though it served another purpose as well.

So you have

2010
Prince William
Fransesca Perello
?
Kim Sears

Get it ? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
In 2010, Francesca Schiavone and Kim Clijsters were the only women to win a grand slam singles title in 2010 other than Serena Williams.
 

AF2493

New User
Alrighty,

I'm going to give this a go. My first picture riddle:

Difficulty: No Idea so we'll call it Medium

What match is this?

 
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Nathaniel_Near

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Hmm...I am tempted to troll you for some more time but out of consideration for the nice guys like Nathaniel, here goes :

The Petzscher-Nadal match score on picture two was a hint for the year, because of their famous Wimbledon encounter.
Prince William at the AO was a secondary hint for the year, though it served another purpose as well.

So you have

2010
Prince William
Fransesca Perello
?
Kim Sears

Get it ? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
OK, I get it now. Schiavone won the preceding Slam and Clijsters the one after and in sequence the pictures represent a different Major from the year so Prince William AO, Xisca RG, Serena Wimbledon and Clijsters the US. All three winners of Majors in that year were clearly represented.

Was very difficult though the logic is now clear.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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Alrighty,

I'm going to give this a go. My first picture riddle:

Difficulty: No Idea so we'll call it Medium

What match is this?

AT first I was thinking this might be a match to do with Federer.

7 could be his 7th final - so beating Roddick in 5 (Connors in 5 meme) in 2009 and in the same year Serena Williams also won Wimbledon (Federer and Serena king and queen of tennis). Jimmy Connors was also once the coach of Roddick, who Roger beat in that 2009 Wimbledon final. None of this ties in with the DVD/CD image.

Federer def. Roddick in 5 - Wimbly '09.

Some of that also ties in with Federer's 2012 Wimbledon win, but less strongly.

Then I thought...

Compact Discs (CDs) were released in 1982, which is a year where Jimmy Connors won Wimbledon once again, defeating an eventual 7 time Grand Slam winner, John McEnroe in 5 sets (meme again). Connors was once in a relationship with Chris Evert and together they were a sort of King and Queen couple of tennis. Navratilova, the queen of Wimbledon also won the event that year.

Connors def. McEnroe in 5 - Wimbledon 1982.

That's the best I have.
 
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AF2493

New User
AT first I was thinking this might be a match to do with Federer.

7 could be his 7th final - so beating Roddick in 5 (Connors in 5 meme) in 2009 and in the same year Serena Williams also won Wimbledon (Federer and Serena king and queen of tennis). Jimmy Connors was also once the coach of Roddick, who Roger beat in that 2009 Wimbledon final. None of this ties in with the DVD/CD image.

Some of that also ties in with Federer's 2012 Wimbledon win, but less strongly.

Then I thought...

Compact Discs (CDs) were released in 1982, which is a year where Jimmy Connors won Wimbledon once again, defeating an eventual 7 time Grand Slam winner, John McEnroe in 5 sets (meme again). Connors was once in a relationship with Chris Evert and together they were a sort of King and Queen couple of tennis. Navratilova, the queen of Wimbledon also won the event that year.

That's the best I have.
Your first train of thought is off target, but you hit some points in the second. You've used the CD properly, and got a good connection with Connors. The 7 has dual meaning, but it doesn't apply to anyone you've mentioned yet. And with the king and queen, what exactly is the queen doing? You can ignore the king. Otherwise good start.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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The queen is either dancing or performing a curtsy.

I gave 2 possible answers last time and the latter involves the 7th final that took place between Connors and McEnroe and the match lasted 5 sets.

Is this a men's or women's match and does the king have no meaning at all? I was thinking of Billie Jean King. I know you said to ignore the king.
 

AF2493

New User
The queen is either dancing or performing a curtsy.

I gave 2 possible answers last time and the latter involves the 7th final that took place between Connors and McEnroe and the match lasted 5 sets.

Is this a men's or women's match and does the king have no meaning at all? I was thinking of Billie Jean King. I know you said to ignore the king.
The word curtsy is a bit beyond my scope, so taking that into account you've got the queen picture figured out. Try to match this with something not tennis related but something populat nonetheless. And the king really doesn't hold any meaning whatsoever.

You've got the Mcenroe bit figured out. That was the sole purpose of the Connors pic, to point that out. The seven holds value for the missing player as much as it does for Mcenroe, in the very same way. The other meaning, about 7 finals, is easier to understand after sorting out the queen clue. It isn't on thr basis of one player alone.

Sorry if this sounds cryptic, I'm trying to help.:)
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
^^^ "Dancing Queen" = ABBA (also the reference to music CD) = Bjorn Borg ?

A Borg-Connors match ?

Oh wait, you said McEnroe is one part of the answer , so it has to be Borg-McEnroe ?
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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Yeah sbengte I was also googling up Abba at the time but never thought of the Swedish reference.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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What match?

Difficulty: medium



Updated image.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

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The Davis Cup QF match between USA and Sweden, McEnroe vs Wilander, John winning in 5?
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
The match went into the seventh hour. Wilander would end the year 1982 ranked #7. The match went the distance (Connors meme). The match occurred in the same year the Compact Disc was commercially released. Mats and John won 7 overall Grand Slam men's singles titles.
 
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