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Wimbledon 2011: A tennis fanatic tells all

The history of the tournament and handicapping this year's line up

For tennis fans like myself there is something special about this time of year. A lot of people think of professional tennis as only being the four grand slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open), but there’s actually tennis played all year long; there’s virtually no off season. For those of us who watch tennis year-round this can be both exhilarating (it never ends!) and exhausting (it never ends!). But now, a few weeks removed from Roland Garros and on this first day of Wimbledon, I like to think there’s a special buzz in the tennis air.

As you may know, tennis used to be played mostly on grass, but in the last 30 to 40 years it’s moved away from grass to mostly being played on hard courts and clay courts. This means the only time fans can watch tennis being played on the green stuff is the fortnight in June at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

To honor this hallowed tennis tradition, STC just published Wimbledon: 101 Reasons to Love the Greatest Tournament in Tennis. The book covers everything about Wimbledon, and whether you’re carefully monitoring the tennis world each week so you can dominate your fantasy tennis league (didn’t know those existed, did you?) or a tennis newbie, we can all learn some useful facts about Wimbledon.

on Monday, June 20th, 2011
in the category Sports