Did Christine Truman ever beat the great Australian champion Margaret Court in a singles match at Wimbledon?
Josephine Roberts, Cheltenham
JUDGE: I went to Christine, now a perceptive member of the BBC Radio 5
Live tennis commentary team, for this answer: 'One of my most memorable
moments was beating Margaret in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 1961
when she was the number one seed. It was before she became Mrs Court
and was plain Miss Smith, and she had won the first of her 11
Australian championships. We had a tremendous match. 1 lost the first
set 6-3 and it looked as if Margaret was going to sweep me off the
court. But I managed to square the match by winning the second set 6-4,
and squeezed to a 9-7 win in the deciding set after saving two match
points. 1 went on to the final where 1 was beaten by Angela Mortimer,
but it was the victory over Margaret that remains brightest in my
Who have been the youngest winners of the men's and women's titles at Wimbledon?
M.G. Morris, Woking, Surrey
JUDGE: Boris Becker (17 years 227 days) was the youngest men's champion
when he took the title for the first time in 1985. Charlotte 'Lottie'
Dodd was the youngest women's champion (15 years 285 days) when winning
the first of her five titles in 1887.
Is it correct that Britain's Mark Cox once beat the great Pancho Gonzalez?
Roger Phillips, Salisbury
JUDGE: Mark Cox became the first amateur to beat a professional after
tennis went open when he eliminated the legendary Pancho Gonzales in
the 1968 British hard court championships. The next day he conquered
two-times Wimbledon champion Roy Emerson. Cox, a law graduate from
Cambridge University and later a respected BBC commentator, turned
professional in 1970.
Who was the first player to achieve the double Grand Slam?
Bryan Gow, Leicester
JUDGE: Rod Laver was the first to complete a second Grand Slam (i.e.
holding at one and the same time the four major championship singles
titles: Wimbledon, United States, Australian and French). He first won
in 1962 (beating Martin Mulligan at Wimbledon and Roy Emerson in the
other three finals), and his second Grand Slam came in 1969 (when he
conquered John Newcombe at Wimbledon, Tony Roche in the US final,
Andres Gimeno in the Australian and Ken Rosewall in the French).
Which doubles partners were first to achieve the Grand Slam?
Peter Moore, Berkhampstead
JUDGE: Australian partners Frank Sedgman and Ken McGregor were first to
win the Wimbledon, US, French and Australian doubles titles in 1951.
Ken Fletcher and Margaret Court completed the mixed doubles Grand Slam
Who were the quartet known as the 'Four Musketeers' of tennis?
Frank Simpkins, Cheadle
JUDGE: This was the collective nickname for the four French masters -
Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon and Ren6 Lacoste. They
dominated the world's tennis courts betwen 1927 and 1932. Lacoste's
name continues to be famous through the sports manufacturing business
that he started. His nickname was 'The Crocodile' and this is why
Lacoste clothing has this as their logo.
When did Sweden's Stefan Edberg win his first Grand Slam title?
Jill Stephens, Barnet
JUDGE: Edberg won all four Junior Grand Slam titles in 1983, and
captured his first senior Grand Slam title when winning the Australian
Open in 1985. His first Wimbledon victory was in 1988, when he defeated
Boris Becker in four sets in the final on the Centre Court.
Had Pat Cash won any Grand Slam championships before his victory at Wimbledon?
Alan Marshall, Kensington
THE JUDGE: Pat's
Wimbledon triumph in 1987 was his first major title (a straight sets
victory over Ivan Lendl in the final).. He was Wimbledon and United
States Junior champion in 1982. A succession of injuries prevented him
from making a greater impact on the world stage.
Who was the eldest of the three Australian tennis masters Lew Hoad, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall?
Matthew Glover, Sittingbourne, Kent
JUDGE: Ken Rosewall (2 November 1934) was 21 days older than Lew Hoad
(23 November 1934). Rod Laver (9 August 1938) was the 'baby' of the
Is it correct that tennis master Donald Budge was a Scot by birth?
Roland Hogg, Oldham
JUDGE: Donald Budge, the first winner of the tennis Grand Slam (1938),
was born in Oakland, California, on 13 June 1915. His father was a
former Scottish professional footballer.
Does Tim Henman have a special sports hero who has inspired him?
Margaret Pilkington, Penzance
JUDGE: I went to Britain's tennis hero for this reply: 'When I was
young my imagination was captured by stories of the exploits of my
grandfather Henry Billington, who played Donald Budge at Wimbledon in
1938. As I developed my interest in sport I was inspired by the
single-minded attitude and consistency of Nick Faldo. Other sportsmen
particularly admired include basketball's Michael Jordan, and that
gentleman of the court Stefan Edberg.'
What nationality was Jaroslav Drobny when he became Wimbledon champion?
Raymond Turner, Milton Keynes
THE JUDGE: Drobny
became a political refugee after leaving his native Czechoslovakia in
1949. He held Egyptian nationality when he won the Wimbledon title at
his sixteenth attempt in 1954 by beating Ken Rosewall 13-11, 4-6, 6-2,
9-7. Drobny became a British citizen in 1960.
Is is correct that Jaroslav Drobny was an Olympic medallist?
Eric Bailey, Hanley
THE JUDGE: Yes, but not at tennis. He was a silver medallist with the Czechoslovakian ice hockey team in the 1948 Olympics.
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