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A “Did You Know?” About Tennis

I recently subscribed to a great daily email newsletter called Now I Know that delivers a seemingly random piece of information each day.  Today's was about tennis, and more specifically, about the gold medalist in tennis at the 1896 Olympic Games in Greece.  What fascinated me about this was:

  • Tennis was one of the nine athletic events at the first modern Olympic games
  • The guy who won the gold medal started out as a spectator but was convinced to play and, having no proper gear, played in dress shoes with heels.
  • The gold medalist also won the gold in doubles by partnering with a guy from another country he'd defeated in singles, meaning the gold medal for doubles is shared by two countries.

I highly recommend you subscribe to the newsletter. It hasn't disappointed me yet and I've learned something new every day.