- Basic tennis vocabulary,
- Tennis fashion history,
- 10 curiosities about Wimbledon tennis championship,
- Vocabulary Notes,
- Jane Russell Anyone for tennis? Anyone for love? Video,
- Something for people who don’t like tennis.
With the Wimbledon tennis championship starting this week I thought that a little about tennis could be useful.
When I was a child Wimbledon meant the school classrooms were warm and when I got home from school my mum would* be watching the tennis on TV. My brother would get the 2 tennis racquets out and we would try to hit the ball between us in the garden.
(would + verb for repeated past habits. e.g. Every year we would go to the beach on holiday)
I think the changes in women’s clothes for playing tennis have been for the better. Unbelievably, at the beginning ladies used to play with corsets (v1) on!
Marie Claire magazine wrote a great article with pictures about it.
10 facts about Wimbledon.
- Wimbledon tennis tournament started in 1877.
- Rufus, the hawk (v2) flies around the tennis courts each morning to scare away (v3) pigeons.
- The men’s trophy (v4) is topped with a pineapple shape.
- 54,250 tennis balls are used at each championship.
- There are more than 200 ball boys and ball girls who collect the tennis balls.
- Maria Sharapova broke the record for the loudest grunt (v5) on court at 101.2 decibells.
- 23 tonnes (v6) of strawberries are eaten by the spectators, usually with cream.
- The longest match (v7) was 11 hours and 5 minutes! Between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. It was held over 3 days.
- The top selling item in the Wimbledon gift shop is a keyring (v8) with a mini tennis ball on it.
- Zero is called Love (in tennis) because… the French expression ‘lóeuf’ which means egg which is similar to a zero shape.
Vocabulary Notes –
- v1 Corset = a restricting garment for ladies which makes them look thinner.
- v2 Hawk = a big bird which flies very well and eats smaller birds (halcón in Spanish)
- v3 to scare away = to frighten and make go away form the place.
- v4 Trophy = the decorated award cup or prize given to the winner
- v5 Grunt = a guteral cry/shout sound, made deep in the lungs.
- v6 Tonnes = a measurement of weight, it is 1,000 kilograms.
- v7 Match = the collection of games between 2 people to see who wins.
- v8 Key ring = a ring to put your keys on usually with something decorative on it.
Tennis Anyone? Love anyone?
I love Jane Russell’s attitude towards tennis in this song from Gentlemen prefer Blondes.
For lots more about tennis have a look at my Pinterest tennis album.
If you don’t like tennis here is a little something for you!
Have a great weekend!