Rafael Nadal is a Spanish tennis player whose sports biography is replete with a large number of awards and titles. The Olympic champion in singles and doubles, the holder of 2nd place in the ranking of the most titled winners of Grand Slam tournaments, among colleagues and fans received the nickname King of the Ground.
Childhood and youth
Rafael Nadal Parera was born on June 3, 1986 in the Spanish city of Manacor, on the island of Mallorca, in a wealthy family. Father Sebastian was a private entrepreneur, mother Anna Maria was engaged in Continue reading
Pete Sampras – The Legend of Tennis
Multiple winner of Grand Slam tournaments, for several years was the first racket of the world. The future champion was born in Washington on August 12, 1971 in a Greek family. His father, Soterios Sampras, worked as an engineer, his mother did not work, she was a housewife. Parents called son Petros. Pete’s father was a big fan of tennis and spent his free time on the court with pleasure. When the boy was 7 years old, his father began to teach him how to play tennis. The intense game sometimes ended in a swoon, because Pete has a rare disease associated with a lack of iron in the blood. However, the disease did not prevent him from making a brilliant, dizzying career as one of the most successful and famous tennis players of the 90s of the twentieth century. When Pete was 9 years old, his doctor and amateur player Pete Fisher became his coach at the request of his father. The coach was happy to work with a capable student and managed to instill in the young tennis player the style that later became Sampras’s hallmark. The style contained elements of an aggressive game with lightning fast outputs to the grid. At the age of 14, Sampras, on the advice of a trainer, changed the two-handed left punch to the famous one-handed one in the future. At major children’s tournaments, Sampras was rarely the winner, as the coach Continue reading
Grand Slam Don Baj
American John Donald Budge became the first tennis player who managed to win all the Grand Slam tournaments in one season. In the future, only a few athletes succeeded in the same achievement.
For the uninitiated word “Grand Slam” in relation to tennis they sound mysterious. But they are familiar to fans of the card game – the bridge and mean – “a powerful blow.” This expression came to tennis precisely from the cards, when the American journalist Alain Danzig in 1938 compared the first-ever victory of his compatriot Don Badge in the singles category with all the four most prestigious tournaments of the year with the “big helmet” of the bridge. A good comparison of the journalist was immediately picked up, and it quickly became standard. And the Wimbledon tournament and the open championships of the USA, France and Australia were Continue reading