London Calling

London Calling

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

The 2021 Wimbledon Championships wrap up this weekend. As tennis’s oldest and most prestigious tournament, Wimbledon has served as the grandest stage for the greatest players in the sport’s history: Laver, Court, Newcombe, King, Evert, Connors, Borg, McEnroe, Navratilova, Graf, Lendl, Seles, Sampras, Agassi, Hingis, Williams, Federer, Nadal and so many others.

How much do you know about the history and traditions of Wimbledon? Take this short Pop Quiz and find out!

 

1. Who was the last British men’s player to win the Wimbledon championship?

A. Dan Evans

B. Andy Murray

C. Kyle Edmund

2. Who has won the most women’s singles championships at Wimbledon?

A. Martina Navratilova

B. Steffi Graf

C. Serena Williams

3. The longest match in tennis history took place at Wimbledon in June 2010. Who were the two competitors?

A. David Ferrer and Robin Söderling

B. Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic

C. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut

4. Who was the first black player to win a Wimbledon singles title?

A. Althea Gibson

B. Arthur Ashe

C. Venus Williams

5. What brand is the official tennis ball supplier for Wimbledon?

A. Wilson

B. Prince

C. Slazenger

6. Who has captured the most men’s single titles at Wimbledon?

A. Roger Federer

B. Pete Sampras

C. Björn Borg

7. What is the official title of Rufus the Hawk?

A. “Official Mascot”

B. “Bird Scarer”

C. “Air Security”

8. What food item is traditionally served at Wimbledon?

A. Tea and crumpets.

B. Scottish bagels

C. Strawberries and cream

9. Who was the last American to reach a Wimbledon men’s final?

A. Pete Sampras

B. Andy Roddick

C. Andre Agassi

10. Martina Navratilova won 7 Wimbledon doubles championships with three different partners. Who were her partners?

A. Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Pam Shriver

B. Evonne Goolagong, Pam Shriver, Helena Sukova

C. Chris Evert, Wendy Turnbull, Hana Mandlikova

 

ANSWERS:

1 – B. Murray won the grand slam event both in 2013 and 2016.

2 – A. Navratilova won 9 Wimbledon titles, her last coming in 1990.

3 – C. Isner and Mahut battled for 11 hours and 5 minutes. The match took three days to complete. Isner finally prevailed in the fifth set, 70-68.

4 – A. Gibson won Wimbledon in 1957, and successfully defended her title the next year.

5 – C. Slazenger has been providing balls for Wimbledon since 1902. It’s said to be the longest-running sponsorship in sports history.

6 – A. Federer has won 8 Wimbledon singles championships.

7 – B. Rufus is a trained hawk that patrols Wimbledon and scares away pigeons. He was his own Twitter account.

8 – C. Every year, nearly two million strawberries are required to meet public demand.

9 – B. Roddick lost to Roger Federer in 2005. The last American to win a men’s Wimbledon singles title was Pete Sampras in 2000.

10 – A. Navratilova won 1 title with Evert, 1 with King and 5 with Shriver.

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