The game of tennis is always regarded to be full of adventures and surprises. A game based on stamina, tennis requires a strong head on even stronger shoulders. We have had some great matches played between the finest of tennis stars of the world; some of the most unique displays of emotions; and, some of the most beautiful faces. They keep coming creating a long line of unforgettable moments. Whenever we think of those moments, we relive the game in all its glory. Here is a list of top 10 unforgettable moments in the history of Tennis.
10. Reverse shot:
Have you ever seen a tennis player hitting the spectators with a ball? It was in the BMW open of 2006 that Jurgen Melzer turned backwards and smashed the ball towards a section of the crowd. The reason behind this was that a person from among the crowd in that section was distracting him endlessly during his match and hurling expletives at him. It was then that Melzer decided to do the unbelievable.
9. Bloody match:
This match was played at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami when Mikhail Youzhny, one of the players, created a ruckus on the court with his insane antic. Once he realized that his opponent Nicholas Almagro is unconquerable, Youzhny began drawing blood from his face by hitting it with his racket. He went on winning the match and leaving behind an unforgettable moment.
8. Roger’s racquet smash:
Perhaps the only time in his life the mild mannered Swedish legend Roger Federer ever smashed his racquet on the ground out of frustration. The incident was recorded in a 2009 match between Federer and Novak Djokovic in Miami. Roger was booed by the spectators, maybe for the only time in his illustrious career that continues to this day.
7. Wimbledon 2009:
One of the most tightly contested matches in the history of tennis was during Wimbledon 2009. Neither Roger Federer nor Andy Roddick was ready to lose the Grand Slam final. It took a grueling 4 hours and 17 minutes – longest men’s single Grand Slam final tennis history – for Federer to beat Roddick and claim a record 16th Grand Slam title.
6. Hewit vs. Baghdatis in 2008 Australian Open:
One of the longest matches to have ever been recorded, the encounter between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis in 2008 Australian Open still remains one of its own kinds. The match began just before midnight and ended next morning. To every one’s surprise not even a single viewer, whether in court or at home, slept during the match.
5. Rafael Nadal winning moment:
Known as king of clay, Rafael Nadal’s winning moment in Wimbledon 2008 could be regarded as one of the most memorable winning moments of the last two decades of the history of tennis. Though, he had come very close in the year 2007 to his first Wimbledon win, he faltered at the final step. But Nadal made it sure that he becomes the first Spanish player in 40 years to win the prestigious trophy by claiming it in 2008.
4. King of Sweden:
It was an episode that involved ‘Mr. Erratic’ John McEnroe and Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden. The great player lost his cool in the match during the 1984 Stockholm finals. It was then that he forcefully hit the table carrying refreshments which flew to strike the King sitting in the crowd. McEnroe later realized that the King had been hit on his head. However, the King didn’t get worked up and played down the matter. It was fortunate for McEnroe that he slipped through without punishment.
3. The brutal player who defied the heat:
Jim Courier was one of the best players in the history of tennis. He betrayed intense heat during his match against Stefan Edberg to win the 1992 Australian Open and followed it up with the French Open title the same year. To mark the moment of his win in Australia, soon after the match Courier plunged into River Yarra for a victory dip.
2. Marathon innings:
A match of its kind and definitely one of the most unforgettable moments; it was a marathon encounter between Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2011 Australian Open which is regarded as one of the most memorable matches in the history of tennis. Both the brave women fought their hearts out. The match lasted 4 hours 44 minutes and is considered to be the longest women’s match in all of tennis history.
1. Monica Seles stabbing incident:
It was during a match on April 13, 1993 when a mentally ill fan of Steffi Graf stabbed her opponent, then world number one Monica Seles, in the back. Immediately apprehended, the man stabbed Monica to enable Steffi grab the number one position, which she eventually did. The incident was not only shocking, but remains unforgettable in the history of tennis till date because it forced Seles, hailed as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, to lose her form forever.