How many titles did Jimmy Connors win during his career?
Henry Brotherston, Southport
JUDGE: Connors captured what was a men's record 109 singles titles
between 1972 and 1989. The most successful season of his career came in
1974 when he was just 22, and he won the men's Wimbledon singles title
(beat ing Ken Rosewall), the US Open (Ken Rosewall) and the Australian
title (Phil Dent). He was prevented from going for the Grand Slam when
he was barred from the French Open because he had not joined the
Association of Tennis Professionals.
Who were the first left-handed winners of the men's and women's singles championships at Wimbledon?
Lisa Edmonds, Croydon
JUDGE: Australian Norman Brookes (1907) was the first men's left-handed
cham pion and the first overseas winner at Wimbledon. It was 1969
before Ann Jones became the first left-handed women's champion with a
3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory on the Centre Court over Billie-Jean King.
What is the biggest attendance anywhere in the world for a tennis match?
B. Bailey, Taunton, Somerset
JUDGE: A crowd of 25,578 gathered to see Australia play the United
States of America on the first day of the Davis Cup Challenge Round in
Sydney on 27 December 1954. An unorthodox and much-hyped
'battle-of-the-sexes' between Billie-lean King and Bobby Riggs drew a
crowd of 30,472 to the Houston Astrodome on 20 September 1973.
What was Bjorn Borg's record in the US Open championship?
Jill Rawlings, Reading
JUDGE: The US Open always eluded Borg. He reached four finals and was
beaten each time, twice by Jimmy Connors and twice by John McEnroe.
Borg was supreme at Wimbledon (five successive victories, 1976-80) and
in the French Open (a record six wins, 1974-5,1978-81). His major
successes in the United States came in the US Pro championship that he
won for three consecutive years from 1974. He was also the Masters
champion in 1979 and 1980. There has rarely been a more consistent
player, and he was ranked No. 1 in the world for 109 weeks from 1977
until his retirement in 1981 at the age of 26.
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