Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Game, Set, Match!


Tennis was in London a few weeks back. I'm a huge fan, and I will quite happily sit and watch game after game during Wimbledon season. But most people are more familiar with football, American or European, rugby, cricket or hockey. If you find tennis boring, like so many of my friends and family, hopefully this will spark your interest, in the names of the players if nothing else. Not all top 100 players have been included in the list below. Their rankings, however, were taken from the ATP World Tour website and are before their names. I've included any interesting names connected with the players, too.

1. Novak Djokovic

2. Rafael 'Rafa' Nadal Parera 

4. Roger Federer- He and his wife Mirka have twin daughters, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.

6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

8. Mardy Simpson Fish

9. Janko Tipsarevic

12. Gilles Simon- He and his partner Carine have a son, Timothée.  

15. Gaël Sébastien Monfils 

17. Stanislas Wawrinka- His sisters Djanaée and Naëlla are also tennis players. He and his wife Ilham have a daughter, Alexia.

22. Marin Cilic- His older brothers are called Vinko and Goran.

25. Kei Nishikori- Has a sister named Reina.

28. Radek Stepanek

31. Milos Raonic- His parents are Dunsan and Vesna.

33. Jürgen Melzer- He has played doubles with his brother Gerald.

35. Mikhail Mikhailovich Youzhny- Has a son called Maxim with his wife Yulia

40. Dmitry Igorevich Tursunov

52. Julien Benneteau

58. Potito Starace

62. Sergiy Stakhovsky- His older brother Leonard is also a tennis player.

68. Rui Machado

76. Grigor Dimitrov

77. Jarkko Kalervo Nieminen- Is married to Anu, a badminton player.

81. Cedrik-Marcel Steb

92. Blaz Kavcic

94. Benoit Paire

99. Karol Beck  

Most of the up-and-coming tennis players do come from Eastern Europe so the 'non-Englishness' of the names above shouldn't come as a surprise. My favourite, however, is the French Benoit, a great alternative for those who aren't keen on Bennett or Benedict.

Image: 'Game of Tennis' by George Goodwin Kilburne