Correct Answers in Red

1. What do Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya have in common when it comes to signing autographs?

a. both only sign their first name
b. both only sign their last name
c. both sign with their non-racquet holding hand
d. both sign right-handed

– Moya with his left hand and Nadal with his right.

2. What do Americans Shaun Stafford and Annie Miller have in common?

a. they were the youngest ever US Open junior doubles champions
b. they were first, respectively, to beat Venus and Serena at pro events
c. they were the first to lose to Venus and Serena at pro events
d. they were the first to play Venus and Serena at pro events

– Venus defeated Stafford 6-3, 6-4 in Oakland in 1994 while Miller beat Serena 6-1, 6-1 in the Quebec City qualifying event in 1995.


3. What country does this WTA player represent?

a. Czech Republic
b. Bulgaria
c. Croatia
d. USA

– No. 64-ranked Tsevtana Pironkova

4. Where did Milos Raonic finish in average aces per match in 2016?

a. 1-2
b. 3-4
c. 5-6
d. 7-8

– Here are the ATP 2016 standings for aces per match: 1-2 – Isner/Karlovic. 3-4 – Muller/Kyrgios. 5-6 – Querrey/Anderson. 7-8 Raonic/F. Lopez.

5. Andy Roddick’s Grand Slam tournament ended seven times in a row between 2004 and 2012 on this nemesis court.

a. Court Suzanne Lenglen at Roland Garros
b. The Grandstand at the US Open
c. No. 1 Court at Wimbledon
d. Hisense Arena at the Australian Open

– Roddick lost on Court Suzanne Lenglen from 2004-7, (DNP 2008), 2009-10, (DNP 2011), and 2012.

6. Which trio of players share an August 8th birthday with Roger Federer?

a. Félix Auger-Aliassime, Kateryna Bondarenko and Marinko Matosevic
b. Félix Auger-Aliassime, Daniel Gimeno Traver, Sesil Karatantcheva
c. Marinko Matosevic, Daniel Gimeno Traver, Tatjana Maria
d. Elena Vesnina, Kateryna Bondarenko, Sesil Karatantcheva

– Auger-Aliassime, Bondarenko and Matosevic have August 8th birthdays – as do Karatantcheva and Maria.


7. Name the two people in this picture.

a. Elina Svitolina and a former Wimbledon champion
b. Lesia Tsurenko and a former Australian Open champion
c. Elina Svitolina and a former US Open champion
d. Lesia Tsurenko and a former French Open champion

– Elina Svitolina with 2003 and 2008 US Open champion Justine Henin.

8. Who was the first player Roger Federer beat in a Grand Slam tournament?

a. Patrick Rafter
b. Jiri Novak
c. Alex Corretja
d. Michael Chang

– No. 62-ranked Federer beat No. 38-ranked Chang 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(5) in the first round of the 2000 Australian Open before losing in the third 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to No. 54-ranked Arnaud Clément.

9. Is ball bouncing before serving considered part of the service motion and so not counted in the 25-seconds-between-points time rule?

a. It’s part of the service motion and therefore not liable to a time violation if started before 25 seconds.
b. It’s not part of the service motion and therefore can be interrupted and penalized as a time violation.
c. It’s only actionable as a time violation if preceded by a warning.
d. It’s only actionable as a time violation if the bouncing is not continuous.

– It is not part of the service motion and can therefore be interrupted and penalized – but that happens infrequently.

10. Which one of these is true about Andy Murray?

a. He has a birth mark on his left calf.
b. He won the 2004 US Open junior title and was ranked world No. 1 junior.
c. He played the first partial match under Wimbledon’s new Centre Court roof in 2009.
d. He wore a kilt on his wedding day.

– The first three are misleading ruses. As most people know, Andrew Barron Murray wore a kilt on his wedding day.


11. The player above ranks in which of the following groups in the 2016 ATP final singles rankings?

a. one to 10
b. 11 to 20
c. 20 to 30
d. 30 to 50

– No. 17-ranked Grigor Dimitrov.

12. Which of the following did Maria Sharapova NOT do in 2016?

a. test positive for meldonium and receive a suspension
b. launch a new line of her Sugarpova confection called the “Chocolate Collection”
c. enrol in a business course at Harvard
d. launch a new line of her Sugarpova confection called “Grigor’s sweet tooth”

– No, you cannot buy “Grigor’s sweet tooth” Sugarpova candies.

13. Genie Bouchard had a disappointing 2016. Who was the lowest-ranked player she lost to?

a. Alla Kudryavtseva (Quebec City)
b. Elise Mertens (’s-Hertogenbosch)
c. Kristina Kucova (Montreal)
d. Anett Kontaveit (Linz)

– Bouchard lost 6-2, 6-0 on grass at ’s-Hertogenbosch to No. 171-ranked qualifier Elise Mertens of Belgium.


14. Name the former Grand Slam champion this woman was once married to?

a. Adriano Panatta
b. Vitas Gerulaitis
c. Ilie Nastase
d. Bjorn Borg

– The first-ever No. 1 (1973) on the new ATP ranking computer Ilie Nastase of Romania married Belgian Dominique Grazia in 1972. The marriage lasted 10 years and they had a daughter named Nathalie.

15. Who are the only father and son to have won singles titles on the ATP tour?

a. Joachim and Leif Johansson
b. Sandon and Fred Stolle
c. Taylor and Phil Dent
d. Alexandr and Oleksandr Dolgopolov

– Phil Dent won Sydney in 1971 and 1979 as well as Brisbane in 1979. Son Taylor won Newport in 2002 and Memphis, Bangkok and Moscow in 2003. 

16. If a ball is broken or out of play during a match, what happens in terms of replacing it?

a. In all cases it is replaced with a ball of “like wear” from balls kept near the umpire’s chair.
b. If it happens within two games after a ball change, a new ball is introduced. A “like wear” ball is introduced if it’s after the third game has started.
c. If it’s within the first four games, a new ball is introduced and a “like wear” ball after that.
d. Balls of “like wear” are only introduced if two or more of the six balls are broken or out of play.

– A broken or out-of-play ball is replaced with a new ball if it occurs in the first two games following a ball change – after that a ball of “like wear” is introduced.


17. This current player has ranked in the Top 20 in singles and the Top 5 in doubles. His home country is…?

a. Spain
b. Serbia
c. Netherlands
d. France

– Marcel Granollers – currently No. 37 in singles and No. 18 in doubles, the 30-year-old Spaniard reached a career-high of No. 19 in singles (2012) and No. 4 in doubles (2013).

18. Misaki Doi and Dan Evans both had similar near misses this year. It happened for them, respectively, at…

a. Australian Open and Wimbledon
b. Roland Garros and Wimbledon
c. Roland Garros and US Open
d. Australian Open and US Open

– 1. Misaki Doi of Japan lost 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 6-3 to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in the first round of the Australian Open after having a match point at 6-5 in the second-set tiebreak and making a forehand UE after a long rally. Dan Evans of Britain was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(8) 6-2 by eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in the third round of the US Open after holding a match point at 6-5 in the fourth-set tiebreak, which Wawrinka saved with a winning volley. Coincidentally both Doi and Evans were ranked No. 64 at the time.

19. Only once have siblings each won a junior Grand Slam singles title in the same year. Who are they?

a. Anne and Elizabeth Minter
b. Jaslyn and Lleyton Hewitt
c. Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko
d. Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova

– In 2010 Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic won the Australian Open junior singles title and then her twin sister Kristyna won the Wimbledon junior singles.

20. Two Canadian former players have a Wimbledon distinction that not many players share – Harry Fauquier in 1966 and Chris Pridham in 1989. What was it?

a. Both met the Queen of England before playing a seeded player.
b. Both saved two match points in the first round to advance.
c. Both played the opening match on Centre Court against the defending champion.
d. Both played using Canadian manufactured racquets.

– Fauquier and Pridham played the opening match on the pristine grass of Wimbledon’s Centre Court – Fauquier lost 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in 1966 to Roy Emerson of Australia while Pridham was beaten 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in 1989 by Stefan Edberg of Sweden. 


Irving Ho: He correctly answered 18 of 20 – only missing the two tennis rules questions.

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