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Top 10 random facts

Tim Henman
by Mark Hodgkinson
Wednesday 4 July 2012

A mouse interruption, song lyric inspiration and the tradition of curtseying are some of the quirkier facts behind The Championships...

1. Yevgeny Kafelnikov's match with Mark Philippoussis at the 1998 Championships was interrupted by a mouse running on court. 

2. John McEnroe inspired Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of The Pretenders, to write the track Don't Get Me Wrong

3. Maria de Amorin, a Brazilian player, hit 17 consecutive double faults during a second-round match in 1957. 

4. Tim Henman's great-grandmother, Ellen Stawell-Brown, was one of the first women to serve over-arm at the All England Club (and Henman's grandmother, Susan Billington, was one of the last women to regularly serve under-arm at the tournament). 

5. The future King George VI played in the men's doubles tournament at the 1926 Championships, losing in the first round (at the time, he was known as the Duke of York). 

6. David Nalbandian was disqualified from the semi-finals of the 1999 Junior Wimbledon after arriving late. 

7. The trophy presented to the gentlemen's champion has the inscription: 'The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World.' 

8. The custom about curtseying and bowing before the Royal Box was changed in 2003 – now players are only expected to do so when the Queen or the Prince of Wales are on Centre Court. 

9. The 1988 Championships were the first at which no players used wooden rackets. 

10. The shortest ever competitor was a lady called Gertrude Hoahing, who was 4ft 9in tall.


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