WIMBLEDON 2021: Quiz, anyone? AP test on grass-court tourney
How much do you know about Wimbledon, the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins Monday? Give this AP quiz a try:
1st Round: Wimbledon was canceled in 2020 for the first time since it was wiped out every year from 1940 through 1945 because of World War II. Before that, it was called off from 1915 through 1918 because of World War I. In what other year was the tournament not held since it was first staged in 1877?
2nd Round: Who was the last player other than Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray — collectively referred to by some as the Big Four of men’s tennis — to win what the All England Club calls The Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy?
a.) Pete Sampras
b.) Lleyton Hewitt
c.) Goran Ivanisevic
d.) Andre Agassi
3rd Round: Starting with the 2000 tournament, how many of the past 40 women’s singles finalist slots at Wimbledon — 20 winners, 20 runners-up — have been filled by Serena or Venus Williams?
4th Round: Roger Federer holds the record for most Grand Slam final appearances by a man with 31, and is followed closely on the all-time list by Novak Djokovic with 29 and Rafael Nadal with 28. Who ranks fourth on that list?
a.) Rod Laver
b.) Ivan Lendl
c.) Roy Emerson
d.) Pete Sampras
Quarterfinals: When Novak Djokovic came back from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open final, he became the first man in more than a half-century to win a Grand Slam title after twice winning matches during the tournament despite dropping the initial two sets. Who was the previous man to pull off two such comebacks on the way to a major championship?
a.) Ted Schroeder
b.) Henri Cochet
c.) Yvon Petra
d.) Robert Wrenn
Semifinals: Who was the most recent female qualifier to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon? (Bonus: In what year and to whom did she lose?)
a.) Kaia Kanepi
b.) Marion Bartoli
c.) Alexandra Stevenson
d.) Severine Beltrame-Bremond
Final: Since the start of 2015, how many grass-court matches has Serena Williams lost?
1st Round. d. The oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament, first held in 1877, had never been canceled for any reason other than a world war until last year’s pandemic.
2nd Round. b. Hewitt beat David Nalbandian in the 2002 Wimbledon men’s final for his second Grand Slam title. Since then, the 17 men’s singles trophies have been divided this way: eight to Federer, five to Djokovic, two to Nadal and two to Murray.
3rd Round. c. One Williams sister or the other has been the Wimbledon women’s singles champion or runner-up a total of 20 times over the past 20 years. Serena Williams has won the tournament seven times and been the runner-up another four; Venus Williams has won it five times and been the runner-up another four. They have met each other in four all-Williams finals.
4th Round. b. Lendl reached 19 Grand Slam finals, winning eight championships and finishing as the runner-up a record-tying 11 times (Federer also has lost 11 major finals). Sampras is next on the list with 18.
Quarterfinals. a. Schroeder did it at Wimbledon in 1949, trailing two sets to none in the first round and quarterfinals en route to the championship. That was the only time the American entered Wimbledon. The other three men listed as possible answers all did it earlier: Wrenn at the U.S. Championships in 1896, Cochet at Wimbledon in 1927, Petra at Wimbledon in 1946.
Semifinals. c. Stevenson is the only woman to make it all the way to the semifinals at the All England Club after going through qualifying to get into the main draw. She did it at age 18 in 1999. Stevenson was beaten by Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals. Kanepi (2010) and Beltrame-Bremond (2006) reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon as qualifiers; Podoroska got to the semifinals as a qualifier at last year’s French Open.
Final. b. Williams is 26-2 in that span on grass, with all of the matches at Wimbledon — and both of the losses in the final. She won the titles in 2015 and 2016, sat out 2017 because she was pregnant, then was the runner-up to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Simona Halep in 2019.
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