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50 interesting and fun facts about the 2022 Australian Open Tennis Championship

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The Australian Open began its journey in 1905, but received recognition only in 1969, until that time the tournament was not professional and did not have such prestige. Since 1988, it has been played on hard, although grass was originally the main surface. For a long time the organizers could not decide on the time of the tournament. 


There was a time when the AO was held during the New Year holidays, which is why the leading tennis players sometimes preferred to skip the tournament in order to tritely spend Christmas at home and not the strongest ones won at all in those years. By the method of many trials and errors, changes of surface and venue, we now have one of the highest quality and most comfortable for tennis players, the first TSH of the year.


Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts about Australian Open.



1. In 1905, the first championship took place, which was called the "Championship of Australasia", in which athletes from Australia and New Zealand took part. The championship has been played in six cities in its history, leaving the Green Continent twice when the games were played in New Zealand.


2. In 1927, the tournament was renamed the "Australian Championship", and in 1969, when professionals were allowed to participate in the tournament, it changed its name to the "Australian Open Championship". In 1977, the championship was held twice - in January and December. This was caused by the transition of the tournament to December. After 10 years, the tournament was again postponed to the usual January, in connection with which the tournament was not held in 1986. Twice more the tournament was interrupted due to world wars. In 1988, the tournament moved to the new Melbourne Park Tennis Complex.


3. Tournament record holders are Australian tennis players. Roy Emerson won 6 times in singles, among women Margaret Smith Court became 11 times champion. She also owns the absolute record for the number of titles in all categories - 22 wins.



After changing from grass to hard, they started using rubber, but with the advent of high temperatures, the rubber melted, began to stick, stink, which led to big health problems for athletes and general well-being. After that, in the early 90s, Australia changed the manufacturer to the Plexicushion brand, which is still used today. The coating belongs to ITF Category 4 - Pace: Medium-Fast, in other words, the category is medium, but is classified as fast. This coating option is definitely faster than the previous one, but at the same time it allows tennis players of any style to play comfortably and, most importantly, does not turn into a sticky, hot "frying pan". Now the organizers have gone even further, in 2017 the tournament should be held on innovative courts! The Australian Open team presented the updated Rod Laver arena with a wooden surface!


4. The longest matches in the championship are: for men - (314 min.) Rafael Nadal - Fernando Verdasco 6:7, 6:4, 7:6, 6:7, 6:4 (2009), and for women - (259 min.) Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova - Regina Kulikova 7:6, 6:7, 6:3 (2010)


5. 19 years separate Australian Ken Rosewall's first and last singles title. In 1953 Ken won his first title, in 1972 his fourth. The Australian is both the youngest and oldest men's champion.


6. In December 1977, 6 months after the birth of her daughter, Yvonne Goolagong became the champion in singles for the fourth time. Thus, the Australian tennis player became the first mother who managed to win the BS tournament in the Open Era.


7. The last Australian tennis player to win at home was Chris O'Neill. By the time of her victory, she was ranked 111th in the world rankings, thus becoming the winner of the lowest rank in the history of the Open Era SH tournaments.


8. In 1984, AO began to gain international interest, and for the first time, the television company ESPN broadcast matches in the United States.



The end of January for us is the time of the year for a few warm sweaters and knitted socks, while in Australia during this period of time there is a record heat. The Australian summer is actually very sultry, life is further complicated by the hot wind from the desert, sometimes even the spectators feel bad, what can we say about tennis players. In 2014, a record was set, the heat kept at 41 degrees for several days. In that year, the record for the number of refusals in one round was set, 8 men and 1 woman. So Dantsevich in a match with Per just fainted. In this regard, a high temperature policy has been introduced, so the match can be stopped if the heat threatens the health of the athletes.


9. Winning in 1985 in succession at three tournaments - Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Martina Navratilova became the only tennis player in history who managed to make a hat-trick on the Green Continent.


10. Winning in 1997, Martina Hingis became the youngest GS champion of the 20th century.


11. To qualify for the second round of the AO-97 men's doubles event, Australians Wayne Arthurs and John Island had to play the longest set in Australian Open history. Their match against Italians Christian Brandi and Filippo Messori ended with the score 6:3, 3:6, 29:27. The entire match lasted 4 hours and 36 minutes of "clean" time - this is without taking into account the more than two-hour break due to rain, which the judge on the tower was forced to announce with the score of 25:25.



12. On January 21, 1997, due to the incessant heat that heated the courts to 60 degrees, chief arbiter Peter Bellenger agreed for the first time in the history of Grand Slam tournaments due to the heat to cover Center Court with a retractable roof.


13. The first official match between the Williams sisters took place on the Melbourne courts. In two sets, the elder sister Venus won.



The shortest match in time was not recorded, but this is definitely one of the matches won in a clean sheet with a score of 6-0; 6-0; 6-0. There were 6 of them, although all of them were played at a non-professional level. As for the longest match, it's more transparent here. 2012, Novak Djokovic - Rafa Nadal, tennis players spent 5 hours 53 minutes on the court, by the way, this match is also the longest final of the Australian Open tournament in history.


14. 21-year-old Nicolas Escude in 1998 set a record for professional Open Era tournaments: no one has ever managed to win three five-set matches in one competition, losing the first two games in each of them. The French defeated Magnus Larsson, Richie Reneberg and Nicholas Kiefer.


15. The 2001 AO was the first Grand Slam to feature a "royal" tie-break instead of a full-fledged third set in mixed doubles.


16. In 2002, Melbourne set a record among all the BS for the number of wins won by players who lost the first two sets. 13 tennis players managed to do this 14 times - Dominic Hrbaty, Fernando Vicente, Julien Buttier, Stefan Kubek (twice), Byron Black, Jose Acasuso, Ivan Lubicic, Carlos Moya, Jiri Novak, Nicolas Escude, Rainer Schuttler, Nicolas Lapentti and Wayne Ferreire. Before that, no BS tournament had more than 10 such victories.



17. Martina Navratilova, along with Leander Paes of India, set the all-time record in 2003 by winning a Grand Slam tournament at the age of 46 years and 3 months. Australian Norman Brooks, when he won the Australian Open in men's doubles in 1924, was a month younger than Martina. In Navratilova's career, this is already the 57th Grand Slam title, in the future Martina will double her achievement.


18. Right at the beginning of the 2005 AO, a doping scandal erupted in the tennis world, provoked by the Minister of Sports of Belgium, who at first stated that a prohibited drug was found in one of the samples of the participants in the demonstration tournament (Henin, Deshi, Dementieva and Kuznetsova), and already on The next day, the minister named Kuznetsova's name. As a result, the Belgian was not able to back up his words with anything, which caused even more bewilderment from such behavior of a member of the government of a European country.


19. In 2005, Marat Safin and Serena Williams, having played match points (1 and 3 respectively) in the semifinal matches against Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, eventually became champions.



20. Russian tennis players became Australian champions nine times - Kafelnikov, Safin and Sharapova won in singles, Kournikova (twice) and Kuznetsova - in pairs, and Olkhovsky, Bovina and Likhovtseva in mixed doubles.


21. Aslan Karatsev performed superbly at AO, becoming the first and, so far, only Open Era tennis player to reach the semi-finals at his debut Grand Slam tournament. In the first round, Aslan beat the Italian Gianluca Mager 6:3, 6:3, 6:4, in the second round he defeated the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 6:0, 6:1, 6:0. In the third round, he sensationally defeated the ninth racket of the world, Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6:3, 6:3, 6:3. Karatsev actively won 50 goals in this match, and Shvartsman only 5. Karatsev also won 10 out of 11 breakpoints.


22. In the 1/8 finals, Aslan defeated the 19th racket of the world, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets 3:6, 1:6, 6:3, 6:3, 6:4 . In the quarterfinals, he defeated the 21st racket of the world and 18th seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 2:6, 6:4, 6:1, 6:2. In the semi-finals, Karatsev lost to the world number one and 8-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic with a score of 3:6, 4:6, 2:6. According to the results of the tournament, Karatsev entered the top 50 of the world ranking and earned more prize money for this tournament than in his entire previous career.



23. In general, the tournament was not very successful for Nadal, until the quarterfinals Rafa swept over his rivals, but stumbled in the quarterfinals, the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was still able to put the squeeze on the Spaniard in a difficult game: the match lasted a whole 5 sets. The first two took Nadal - 6:2, 6:2, but the next 3 were left for Tsitsipas - 7:6, 6:4, 7:5.


24. In the second round match against the American Michael Mmo, Rafa had an interesting situation. In the middle of the game, during Nadal's serve, the woman sitting in the stands began to make loud noises and interfere with the Spaniard in every possible way. When the referee asked her to calm down, she gave the player the middle finger. This greatly surprised Nadal, who asked: "Is this for me?". Nevertheless, the tennis player reacted to the situation with a smile.


25. Aslan Karatsev performed superbly at AO, becoming the first and, so far, only Open Era tennis player to reach the semi-finals at his debut Grand Slam tournament. In the first round, Aslan beat the Italian Gianluca Mager 6:3, 6:3, 6:4, in the second round he defeated the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 6:0, 6:1, 6:0. In the third round, he sensationally defeated the ninth racket of the world, Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6:3, 6:3, 6:3. Karatsev actively won 50 goals in this match, and Shvartsman only 5. Karatsev also won 10 out of 11 breakpoints.



26. In the 1/8 finals, Aslan defeated the 19th racket of the world, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets 3:6, 1:6, 6:3, 6:3, 6:4 .. In the quarterfinals, he defeated the 21st racket of the world and 18th seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 2:6, 6:4, 6:1, 6:2. In the semi-finals, Karatsev lost to the world number one and 8-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic with a score of 3:6, 4:6, 2:6. According to the results of the tournament, Karatsev entered the top 50 of the world ranking and earned more prize money for this tournament than in his entire previous career.


27. In general, the tournament was not very successful for Nadal, until the quarterfinals Rafa swept over his rivals, but stumbled in the quarterfinals, the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was still able to put the squeeze on the Spaniard in a difficult game: the match lasted a whole 5 sets. The first two took Nadal - 6:2, 6:2, but the next 3 were left for Tsitsipas - 7:6, 6:4, 7:5.


28. In the second round match against the American Michael Mmo, Rafa had an interesting situation. In the middle of the game, during Nadal's serve, the woman sitting in the stands began to make loud noises and interfere with the Spaniard in every possible way. When the referee asked her to calm down, she gave the player the middle finger. This greatly surprised Nadal, who asked: "Is this for me?". Nevertheless, the tennis player reacted to the situation with a smile.



29. The main Russian star at the Australian Open, of course, was Daniil Medvedev. He went strong throughout the tour, beating even a very charged Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, and was really close to getting Russia's first win in 16 years at the Australian Open in men's singles.


30. Djokovic calmly started the final meeting, taking the first set, after which Danya slowed down in the game at the beginning of the second set, and in the end he completely broke his racket out of anger. At that moment, it became clear that the Russian had finally lost the match - at least mentally. Result: Novak's victory, 7:5, 6:2, 6:2. But still! In his youth (25 years old), Medvedev is already quite deservedly considered a tennis star and he has every chance to take his first “Slam” in the next year or two, which of course we wish him.


31. The main female sensation of the Australian Open was the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who at the age of 23 has already won the fourth Grand Slam tournament in her career. In 2019, she won the Australian Open, and in 2018 and 2020, Naomi won the US Open.



32. In the semi-finals, Osaka beat the infamous 27-time Grand Slam winner, American Serena Williams, with a score of 6:3, 6:4. And in the final, she dealt with another American Jennifer Brady - 6:4, 6:3. Thus, the Japanese woman rises in the rankings and becomes the second racket of the world and this, we recall, at the age of 23!


33. Of all the Baltic athletes at the AO, two Estonians, Kaia Kanepi and Anett Kontaveit, performed the best. Yes, they only got to the third round, but they showed themselves very worthy and showed great will to win. Kanepi beat Latvian tennis player Anastasia Sevastova in the first round - 6:3, 6:1, in the second round she sensationally outperformed last year's Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin - 6:3, 6:2, in the third round she lost to Croatian Donna Vekic in a close fight - 7: 5, 6:7, 4:6.


34. Kontaveit defeated Belarusian Alexandra Sosnovich in the first round - 7:5, 6:2, in the second round Heather Watson from Britain - 6:7, 6:4, 6:2, in the third she lost to American Shelby Rogers - 4:6, 3:6.


35. For the ninth time in a row, no one can beat Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. The Russian Daniil Medvedev did not succeed either. The entire tournament was dictated by Novak, none of the opponents could compete with him sensibly. Here are some facts from the final meeting.



36. Medvedev made 4 double faults against Djokovic's 2.

The percentage of accuracy of the first serve is better for the Serbian - 69% versus 65%.

Djokovic won 73% of the points on the first serve, the Russian tennis player has 68%.


37. Novak saved 2 break points out of 4. Medvedev saved 4, but the Serb had 11 chances.

Daniil made almost twice as many unforced errors - 30. Djokovic has 17 of them.

Thus, the Serbian tennis player won the 18th Grand Slam tournament in his career. According to this indicator, he is second only to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who won 20 tournaments each.


38. Over the past three years, 12 women's Grand Slams have been won by 10 different players; only Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka have won twice in that time span.


39. Djokovic won his seventh Australian Open in 2019 - the most titled male in the history of the tournament. He won the Australian Open every time he reached the semi-finals.



40. Of the last 14 Australian Open tournaments, 12 have been won by Djokovic (7) or Roger Federer (5). And Rafael Nadal (2009) and Stan Wawrinka (2014) only once each.


41. Victoria Azarenka (2012, 2013), Serena Williams (2009, 2010) and Jennifer Capriati (2001, 2002) are the only women to have won two consecutive Australian Open titles since 2000.


42. Federer won his sixth Australian Open in 2018, 14 years after his first win at the tournament. No tennis player has won multiple Australian Opens in such a long period of time.


43. Since 2005, only Serena Williams (2010, 2015) and Azarenka (2013) have won the title of the best tennis player at the Australian Open.


44. Serena Williams has not won any of the last 11 Grand Slams. The last win at the Australian Open came in 2017 when she was pregnant - the longest period of time without a major title for an American.



45. Petra Kvitova lost in the final of the Australian Open last year, the only time she has gone past the quarter-finals in her last 19 Grand Slam appearances since winning Wimbledon in 2014.


46. Nadal and Andy Murray have finished runners-up in 9 of the last 10 Australian Open men's finals. Murray lost five times and Nadal four times. Marin Cilic in 2018 is the only other tennis player to lose in an Australian Open final during that period.


47. The last Australian to reach the Australian Open men's final was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 and the last Australian to win the title was Mark Edmondson in 1976 (against fellow countryman John Newcomb).


48. Another interesting record belongs to Mark Edmondson, the Australian in 1976, being 212 in the ranking, thus, being a non-seeded player, became the champion of the AO, setting an absolute record of all 4 TBSH and at the same time is the last Australian who managed to win at home major. Rosewall and Edmondson are the main heroes of their country, but we hope that at least one record will be updated soon.


49. In 2002, in the semi-final doubles match, Julien Boutier fought so selflessly on the court that in one of the episodes, with a powerful blow from the forehand, he killed a flying swallow, judging by the reaction of the audience, this only amused them.


50. Beetles on the courts are already a common thing, but what about the Heron?) The fauna of Australia is more interesting, so in one of the matches between Troicki - Muñoz de la Nava in 2016, the match had to be suspended a bit due to the appearance of a bird on the court.


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The Australian Open Tennis Championships is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments currently held in the Australian city of Melbourne on the courts of the local sports complex Melbourne Park. The main draws of the competition are traditionally held in a two-week period at the end of January - the beginning of February, revealing the winners in nine categories: in five for adults and four for senior juniors.


The tournament was first held in Melbourne in 1905 and was called The Australasian Championships. 17 athletes took part in it, and 5 thousand spectators attended the final match. In 1927, the tournament was renamed the Australian Championships. In 1969, it became open to professionals and received its current name.


Bemorepanda collected some funny memes about Australia Open 2022.


1.Aus Open


2.Sport Star


3.The party life


4.Stepped in what


Beginning in 1905, the championship was held in six different locations:


Melbourne (54 times)

Sydney (17 times)

Adelaide (14 times)

Brisbane (7 times)

Perth (3 times)

New Zealand (2 times, in 1906 and 1912).


In 1972, the decision was made to hold the tournament in the same city every year. The venue was the grass courts of the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, a suburb of Melbourne. Over time, the Quyong Club became too small for a much larger tournament. By the beginning of the championship in 1988, the construction of a new tennis complex Melbourne Park (Melbourne Park, former Flinders Park, Flinders Park) was completed, where the tournament was moved that year. The move was a significant success - match attendance immediately increased and the 1988 tournament saw 90% more spectators (266,436) than the previous year's Quy Ong (140,000).


5.The good tennis


6.Nadal


7.Dreamworks


8.Little goat


In addition to problems with Cuyong Stadium (where, among other things, there was a slope that caused players on one side of the main court to literally walk uphill when they reached the net), the popularity of the Australian Open in the late 1970s and early 1980s professionalization of tennis negatively influenced. Leading players at that time were already earning such large sums that they could even afford to miss the Grand Slam tournament due to the fact that a trip to it meant missing the Christmas and New Year holidays. 


Chris Evert missed this tournament six times in a row at the peak of her career, Martina Navratilova four times; Bjorn Borg never competed in the Australian Open after 1974, and Jimmy Connors after 1975. As a result, the winners of the Australian Open were players who could not claim victory at any other Grand Slam tournament: in the women's singles in 1978, Chris O'Neill won, and in 1979 Barbara Jordan, in the men's singles in 1980 Bryan Teacher excelled. With plans to organize a two-week super tournament in Florida, there was a threat that it could force the Melbourne competition out of the Grand Slam tournament list. 


Therefore, in order to make it easier to attract elite players to the Australian Open, after the tournament in January 1977, the decision was made to reschedule the event to late November and early December. Therefore, in 1977 the championship was held for the second time - in December. This month it continued to be arranged in subsequent years. Starting in 1987, the tournament was again postponed to January, so the championship was not held in 1986.


The Melbourne Park Tennis Complex consists of, among others, 3 center courts and 3 demonstration courts.


9.Linesmen


10.Kyrgios


11.One of us is ignoring


The main court of the tournament, the Rod Laver Arena, was named after the legendary Australian tennis player Rod Laver in 2000. The court was built in 1988 and can accommodate 15,000 spectators. More than 1.5 million viewers visit it annually. The court is equipped with a retractable roof, which allows you to play matches in the rain or extreme heat.


The second court of the tournament, Hisense Arena, was built in 2000. The arena is special in that it can be easily transformed for various events. In addition to tennis tournaments, cycling and basketball competitions, as well as various concerts, are held here. The capacity of the stands also varies depending on the configuration - 10,500 spectators for tennis and basketball matches, 10,500 or 8,900 for concerts (depending on the location of the stage), 4,500 spectators in velodrome mode. The arena is also equipped with a retractable roof.


The third center court, the Margaret Court Arena, is named after the most successful Australian tennis player in history, Margaret Court, who, among other victories, won the Grand Slam in 1970, won a total of 62 Grand Slam tournaments ( in singles and doubles championships), which is still a record for both men and women; and was the first racket of the world. The court was formerly known as Show Court One and was renamed on January 12, 2003.


All courts have Plexicushion hardcovers. In the early years after the transition from grass turf to artificial courts, Rebound Ace rubberized surface was used. In cool weather, it bounced right, was neither too fast nor too slow and provided good foot grip, but in hot weather the rubber would melt and the courts would become sticky, resulting in severe injuries to Gabriela Sabatini in the 1990 tournament alone. and Mark Woodford.


12.Matt


13.Yes


14.Who said this?


15.Meanwhile, Feder


16.Official review


17.Border control


18.Ballboys


19.Terminal 2


20.Triangle 


21.Honey mommy


22.Last minute entry


23.A new player


24.He lied on visa


25.Tennis strars


26.Get vaccinated


27.Antivaxxers


28.Profesional visa


29.Both can play tennis


30.Last had covid


31.Question


32.Get a doctor


33.Admit i faked


34.And then you win


35.Zebras


36.Who is open


37.Certain things in life


38.Fashion starter pack


39.Get up at 9 a.m


40.Like this?


41.Tennis fans


42.Hair still perfect


43.What? Who?


44.Grand Slam Title


45.Character


46.If you know what I mean


47.Deportovic


48.My size


49.A new italian player


50.Unseeded?

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Novak Djokovic - Serbian tennis player, 15-time Grand Slam winner, retained the title of the first racket of the world for 223 weeks.


Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987 in the former Yugoslavia. In addition to him, the parents raised 2 more younger children, and one day they also decided to involve them in tennis, which the eldest son was also fond of. Subsequently, a few years later, all three guys became professional tennis players.


Novak is also one of the richest athletes in the world, and his fortune has developed, including from prize money for tournaments. During his career, Djokovic earned 133 million euros. This is the best result among all tennis players and 20 million more than Rafael Nadal.


Off the court, Nole is doing well with several lucrative business ventures. In 2005, he founded the catering company Family Sport, which, among other tournaments, organized the Serbia Open. Djokovic owns two popular restaurants: Novak in Belgrade and Eqvita in Monaco. The most unsuccessful project of the first racket of the world is a gluten-free company called Djokolife. The startup failed: Novak launched it in 2015, and nothing has been heard of him since.


Another source of income for a tennis player is contracts with equipment manufacturers. Lacoste is paying Djokovic 8.2 million euros a year to have the Serbian wear Lacoste during matches. Nola wears shoes at Asics - for this he receives another 3.5 million euros annually. The general condition of the Serb is estimated at 192 million euros - he is in 38th place among the richest athletes in the world.


Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts about Novak Djokovic.



1. As a child, Novak was involved in many sports, including skiing and football, but everything changed when, at the age of four, the boy picked up a racket. Although he liked all the sports he tried, the choice was made in favor of tennis. Djokovic didn't fail. But who knows, perhaps in football the Serb would have achieved no less heights.


2. The first coach of Djokovic was not only an excellent sports specialist, but also a culturally developed person. Elena Gencic worked as a director on television and knew a lot about art. She instilled her passion in Novak: during training and after matches, the tennis player, together with his coach, listened to classical music to bring emotions into harmony. Many years have passed, but Djokovic's love for the classics has remained.


3. Novak's childhood, like many people from Serbia, fell on the Yugoslav war. The bombing of Belgrade made training impossible for some time. 


4. Novak had to celebrate his 12th birthday in a bomb shelter. But the tennis coach did not let him relax even at this time. Jelena Gencic found a court near a military hospital that would not be bombed, so the training continued. Also, for classes, they chose places that had previously been bombarded.


Novak started playing tennis at the age of four, and already at 16 he received the level of a professional. The key year in his life was 1993, when the game of a six-year-old novice tennis player was seen by national tennis legend Elena Gencic.


Then she said that this was the best child's play she had ever seen. The woman became the first professional coach of the future tennis star, and worked with him for six years, and then helped the boy go abroad to continue building a career in tennis. Here, of course, her connections helped, and the 12-year-old boy became a student at the Pilic tennis academy in Oberschleissheim (Germany). Here he studied for four years, during this period he began his international career. At the age of 14, he won the European Championship in three categories.


You can talk about the sports glory of a tennis player for a very long time, but another of his traits that a fan is crazy about is a great sense of humor. He became famous as a parodist who very funny copies the behavior of his friends - athletes. Through a great passion for humor and practical jokes, he even got the nickname "Joker", which became a symbiosis of his last name and the word "Joke" - which translates from English as "joke".


Today, Novak resides in Monte Carlo until he is married, but has a girlfriend, Jelena Ristic. By the way, he is an Orthodox Christian and financially helps the churches and monasteries of his homeland a lot. For this, he was awarded the highest award of the Serbian Church - the Order of St. Sava.


In addition, Djokovic is a member of the Champions for Peace organization, along with other athletes, he fights for world peace. Many journalists classify Novak as a polyglot, because in addition to great success in tennis, the athlete also boasts mental abilities, and in particular, that he is fluent in four languages ​​- his native Serbian, German, Italian and, of course, English.



5. The Olympic Games are not considered a top priority for tennis players, but are still perceived as a prestigious tournament. Athletes usually take part in them only three or four times in a career. In 2008, while still far from being the most famous tennis player in the world, Novak won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. Above him were only the Chilean Fernando Gonzalez and the eternal rival of the Serb Rafael Nadal.


6. Novak won the Australian Open and holds 15 Grand Slam titles. The win in Australia put Djokovic in third place in all-time Grand Slam wins. Only Swiss Roger Federer (20 times) and Spaniard Rafael Nadal (17 times) have won more than him in these tournaments. But given that the difference between them is not so big, the Serb still has the opportunity to catch up with competitors.


7. Novak Djokovic became the first tennis player to win all nine Masters tournaments. It happened not so long ago: the tennis player added to his piggy bank the missing victory in Cincinnati, beating Roger Federer in the final. For the Serb himself, the tournament was the 70th win in his career. Djokovic won the other eight Masters gradually throughout his career. So in 2018, Novak became a real “Master”.


8. The Grand Slam tournament in Australia is held annually on the hard courts of Melbourne, and here Djokovic has no equal. During his career, the tennis player has already won the Australian Open seven times. He won his latest triumph on an exotic continent this weekend. Now Novak is the absolute champion of the tournament, because no one in modern history has managed to win there seven times before. Of the 15 Grand Slam victories, almost half were won in Australia, so the Serbian can definitely consider himself the tennis “king” of this country.



9. Perhaps, on the scale of Serbian history, Djokovic loses in popularity to physicist Nikola Tesla and director Emir Kusturica, but at the moment Novak is the most famous Serb in the world and in Serbia itself. To understand the scale of the personality of a tennis player in his native country, it is enough to know just one fact. The local airline Air Serbia named its second aircraft in his honor.


10. The aircraft made its first flight in Abu Dhabi, so if you ever want to go from Serbia to the Emirates, then you know what to fly on.


11. Perhaps today, charity is a common thing for every publicly wealthy person. But that doesn't change the importance of what Djokovic does. His Novak Djokovic Foundation is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children around the world. So, for example, the tennis player donated his $20,000 prize money for winning the Australian Open 2016 to a training program for children from Melbourne.


12. Today, Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world. This is evidenced by his first place in the men's standings. 


13. In the ATP rankings, the Serbian is more than 2,000 points ahead of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and has a 4,000 point lead over the German Alexander Zverev, who is in third place. 


14. For the first time, Novak became the first racket of the world in 2011 and since then, although periodically falling lower, giving way to either Nadal or Andy Murray, he still remains one of the best tennis players on the planet.



15. On the eve of the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated the Italian Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final, equaling the number of Grand Slam tournaments with the legendary Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 


16. If the first racket of the world wins the Olympics and the US Open, he will earn the calendar "Golden Helmet" - a prize that is awarded to tennis players who have won 4 major annual tournaments and the Olympics.


17. Novak Djokovic was born in 1987 in Serbia into a family of professional skiers. Since childhood, he has been involved in sports a lot: in winter he participated in ski races, in summer he played football, and in the off-season he played tennis. 


18. When he was 6, Novak was noticed by the Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Gencic, who once coached Monica Seles, the former first racket of the world, and undertook to develop his talent. When the tennis player turned 13, he went to train at the legendary Pilic Academy in Munich, and a year later he began his international career.


19. At the age of 14, Novak Djokovic became a three-time European champion in singles, doubles and team events. When the athlete turned 18, he won his first ATP-tour tournament and entered the top 100 tennis players of the Association of Tennis Professionals, and a year later he climbed into the top ten of the ranking. 



20. Then his career took off even more rapidly. In 2011, Djokovic topped the ATP rankings for the first time and since then has been the leader in men's tennis for almost 2/3 of the time. After yesterday's triumphant Wimbledon final, he became the first tennis player in history to win all Grand Slam tournaments 2 times: now the Serb has nine titles at the Australian Open, two at Roland Garros, six at Wimbledon and three at the US Open. 


21. In addition, Djokovic is the record holder for major tennis titles, now he has 61 of them (his closest rival Rafael Nadal has 57, and Roger Federer has 54). “Yes, I am the best. I think so, - said the tennis player in an interview after the victory over Berrettini. “I believe that I am the best. Otherwise, I would not have won the Helmets and did not claim titles. But the greatest in history or not is up to you to decide. I have already said that it is very difficult to compare different historical eras of tennis. Rackets, balls, technology, courts, everything is changing.”


22. In his personal life, Novak Djokovic has succeeded no less than in professional tennis. He met his future wife Elena Ristic in high school. In 2005, they began dating, although soon after graduation they were separated by distance: Novak trained in Serbia, and Elena entered the Bocconi University in Milan. When the tennis player's lover graduated from university in 2011, they moved together to Monte Carlo, where Djokovic could train all year round. After 3 years, they legalized the relationship and became the parents of their first child, the son of Stefan. In 2017, Novak and Elena had a daughter, Tara.



23. Novak Djokovic is not just a brilliant athlete, but also a very versatile person. 


24. Like his rival Roger Federer, Novak is a polyglot and speaks six languages: his native Serbian, English, German, Italian, Slovak and French. He understands nutrition (his book Serve to Win even has a chapter on diet for athletes), loves dogs (and once tweeted his poodle), and is a serious fan of the AC Milan football club. In addition, Djokovic definitely has a talent for humor. 


25. In the early 2010s, the tennis player was called the Joker for famous parodies of colleagues: his collection included grotesque caricatures of the playing style of Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick.


26. Novak Djokovic is an Orthodox Christian (he considers this title the most important in his life) and provides assistance to dozens of churches in Kosovo and Metohija, for which he was awarded the Order of St. Sava I. 


27. In 2007, the tennis player opened the Novak Djokovic Foundation, a charitable foundation that makes education available to children from low-income families, and also covers the travel expenses of young Serbian athletes participating in international competitions. “Money is not a problem for me. I have earned enough to feed the whole of Serbia. I think the Serbs deserve it after the support I received from them,” Djokovic admitted in an interview.



28. The limited collection, created by Novak Djokovic in collaboration with Lacoste, is made in the colors of the national flags of France and Serbia - blue, red and white.


29. The athlete has a great sense of humor, which he repeatedly proved with his parodies of colleagues on the tennis court. In particular, on the network you can find a video where Novak copies the playing style of the Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova. The athlete's fans even gave him the nickname Joker ("Joker"). By the way, it is consonant with the name of Djokovic.


30. Novak boasts impressive achievements not only in tennis, but also in the study of languages. The athlete is fluent in Serbian, English, French, Italian and German.


31. Djokovic's life can be followed around the clock through the application for iOS and Android, which publishes the latest news, photos, videos and statistics of the tennis player. In addition, through the Nole4You option, each user has the opportunity to ask a question or send a wish to an athlete. The app is free and can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play.


32. In order to be able to train all year round, Novak, along with his wife Jelena Ristic and son Stefan, had to move to Monaco, where the athlete settled in a two-room apartment, modest by Monte Carlo standards, in the immediate vicinity of the Monte Carlo Country Club training court.


33. In 2012, Novak set up his own charitable foundation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which helps develop education and sports in Serbia. In addition, in 2014, after Djokovic won the Italian Open tournament, the athlete drew a big heart on the ground and transferred his entire prize fund (750 thousand dollars) to flood victims in his native country.



34. Novak's love for music comes from his first coach, Jelena Gencic. After the end of her career, she worked not only as a coach at the tennis school in Kopaonik, where Djokovic studied from the age of 5, but also as a television director. Gencic has made over 1,500 art and culture films. Elena's father dreamed of becoming a pianist. Following his example, she learned to play the piano and often listened to classical music.


35. Sometimes they did visualization with music. Djokovic is still well versed in the classics and often turns to them to put his thoughts in order.


36. Gencic also made Djokovic learn foreign languages. From the very beginning, she believed that Novak would be among the best tennis players in the world and therefore considered it necessary to teach him not only a good backhand, but also public speaking. I found tutors and taught him to be kind, helpful and diplomatic.


37. Novak often referred to Elena as his "tennis mom". But she herself believed that her role was not limited to this, and appropriated the title of "individual development instructor" to herself. So, it was Elena who explained to Novak how to behave at the table: “I understood that he grew up in a family that made ends meet, and as a top-level tennis player he would have to sit down at a table where everyone is entitled to not only one knife, one fork and one glass.



38. The only truly candid interview Novak's father, Srdjan Djokovic, gave to the Serbian television channel B92 back in 2010, immediately after the team's victory in the Davis Cup.


39. Elena Genich was the first to notice that in the spring, with the beginning of the flowering season, Novak developed allergic rhinitis.


40. Djokovic was put on a diet by a specialist in alternative medicine, Serbian doctor Igor Chetoevich. He happened to see Novak in January 2010 when he was playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during a night session at the Australian Open. 


41. He performed a full examination of Djokovic, and to confirm the results, he connected him to a "biofeedback device" that can determine the level of stress, toxins from the environment and register brain impulses and symptoms of food allergies. As a result, it turned out that Djokovic's body reacts negatively to foods containing gluten.


42. Djokovic is far ahead of all representatives of Serbia in terms of popularity, including the famous director Emir Kusturica, after whom Air Serbia named its second aircraft.


43. Marco and George are four and eight years younger than Novak, respectively. Marco is more successful and ranks 930th in the ATP rankings. The youngest of the three brothers is located on the 1504th position. Marco ($71,525 since 2007) and George ($9,510 since 2011) together earned just over $80,000.



44. Together with Jelena Ristic, Djokovic created a charitable foundation in Serbia. The organization annually invests about half a million dollars in the construction of schools and kindergartens that provide free education to children from poor families. The foundation was established in 2007, and in 2014, Elena's charitable work was recognized by a joint award from the University of Physical Education and the Government of Serbia.


45. Even a wild Australian January does not make him change his habits. Cold water slows down blood circulation, and the body loses its tone. Therefore, on the recommendation of doctors, Djokovic drinks only warm water.


46. This is the saddest fact about Djokovic. Nole loves pizza but cannot eat even a very small piece. Novak is on a gluten-free diet, which involves the complete elimination of foods containing gluten. The tennis player's suffering is reinforced by the fact that his parents opened a pizzeria in Belgrade in 2009 and named it Novak.


47. Djokovic does not apply for the role of Mikhail Baryshnikov. But the lanky Serb is not at all shy about his movements. Nole celebrates almost every victory with dancing. And exhibition matches are not complete without concerts. The video of Nole dancing Gangnam Style with Serena has amassed over 1.5 million views.



48. When Djokovic first started his career, he already knew what he would do when he won Wimbledon. Eating some weed off center court is a childhood dream that first came true in 2011. Nole spoke about the reasons for eating the lawn only after the third victory at Wimbledon.


49. Nole takes two or three books on each trip. The Serbian tennis player especially respects classical literature. Periodically, Djokovic seeks advice from fans who send him playlists. In 2012, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy topped the chart. Nola liked the novel so much that he even posted a thank you video on his website.


50. Djokovic loves dogs. His poodle Pierra has a Twitter account. But there is no official sign on it. And since June 2011, there have been only 20 tweets. But Pierre has more than two thousand readers. Nole named his second dog in honor of Nikola Tesla, of whom he is a fan.


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For centuries, mankind has created a history that has been passed down from generation to generation. The myths or the reality about the leap years that have survived so far make everyone think about this inexplicable fact.


What is a leap year?



The term "jump" in Latin has a numerical meaning - 2/6. It is scientifically the fourth year above the standard number of days (366).


The historical period of a leap year



During the reign of Y. Caesar, there was an additional day repeated in the Roman calendar, with a number (February 24).


The Romans counted the days, the years, according to the Julian calendar.


In the Julian calendar, every fourth year was considered a leap year, and the last two days of February were below the same number.


After the death of the Roman ruler, the priests deliberately began to appoint the third year - a leap year. There was a change in the annual time and people, for this reason, lived up to twelve leap years.


Due to the decree of the new emperor of Rome - Augustus Octavian, everything fell into place. It took sixteen years to get the "jump time" right.


Sixteen centuries later, the Orthodox Church introduced new changes to the calendar.


The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Gregory XIII, proposed to calculate the calendar according to the new rules. He proposed introducing an additional day in February with a different date (February 29). At the general assembly, before the coming Easter, the idea of ​​the head of the Catholic Church was successfully accepted. The Roman calendar had a new chronology. In honor of the leader of the Catholic Church, she began to be called a "Gregorian."


The modern concept of a leap year


It is known that a year consists of 365 days. The next fourth year is considered a leap year. It's a longer day.


In a leap year, February is not twenty-eight days, but twenty-nine, but this phenomenon happens every four years.


Assumptions and superstitions for the leap year



Our Slavic ancestors believed that the leap year was a mystical, superstitious year. Probably the reason lies in the distant history of Saint Kasyan.


Saint Kasian served in the Galilean monastery and was its founder. He became famous for his writing career after writing twenty-four essays on "Interview," based on a moral, Christian attitude toward the faith.


The main flaw in Saint Kasyan's life was that his date of birth fell on the last day of February and even at the end of the year.


According to the Slavic faith, the last day of the year was considered the end of a severe winter. For this reason, the holy monk gained a bad reputation.


The superstitious Slavs considered the last day of a leap year to be the most difficult. They believed in evil spirits. Hence the fear of people before a leap year.


The signs of a leap year have been associated with Saint Kasyan:


  • If Kasyan approached people, the disease would attack them.
  • Kasyan was next to the animals - their deaths were inevitable.
  • Where Kasyan's gaze falls, there will be trouble and devastation.
  • The unsuccessful year is approaching Kasyanov - unsuccessful.


According to legend, in a leap year, there are many things you should not do, for example:


  • Play weddings
  • Plan a pregnancy, have children
  • Create new projects
  • Go into the woods for mushrooms
  • Haircut
  • Divorce file
  • Borrow money
  • Plant new seeds
  • Make interior renovations
  • Buying real estate


The approach of a leap year in modern society is controversial. One part of society believes in its negative actions, the other does not.


Negative side of a leap year:


  • Natural disasters
  • Military conflicts
  • Frequent accident



The positive side of a leap year


People born in a leap year are creative and talented people. Endowed with a brilliant charisma, strong character, love of life (Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Gauguin).


Today, a leap year is perceived as a year of disasters, wars, catastrophes. After all, the worst events took place during this period.


People are prone to believe something and most often evil. A leap year is perceived as a time of loss, disappointment, sadness. Is that right? Just ask yourself.


Leap year: where did the extra day come from?



Do you think that the Earth will make a complete revolution in exactly 365 days? No, it's not like that - the Earth makes a complete circle around the Sun a little longer, that is, 365 days and 6 hours.


In other words, an extra quarter is added each year. For 4 years, such quarters come out 24 hours. So, it turned out that a year that is a multiple of 4 (2008, 2012, 2016, the calendar of leap years is based on this principle) is different from the rest.


The leap year is intended to eliminate this surplus and to bring the balance into chronology. If it weren't for the leap year, then in a few centuries the new year would have been postponed to the beginning of March, and that's pretty serious!


Differences from leap year


The differences between a leap year and other years, from a material point of view, are limited only by the number of days. In addition, people need to work harder for a day. Sometimes, however, it turns out and rests once again, but this happens quite rarely.


Astrologically, there are a lot of problems around the Earth around the Sun in a leap year:


  • everyday problems;
  • man-made disasters;
  • natural cataclysms;
  • relatively high mortality.


However, one can argue with the latter - there are no comments from ritual service workers about the increase in mortality. Only a few older people die.


Year leap: Greetings from Antiquity



For the first time, the ancient Romans were concerned about the inconsistency of the calendar with the actual course of time. In this country, it was forbidden to transfer significant data in another season. People were guided by the movement of the Sun in the sky.


Gaius Julius Caesar solved the problem quickly and radically - from the time of his reign, people began to live according to the Julian calendar, which just added a day in February every 4 years. They gradually started moving to the new calendar, not everyone accepted it, but time took its toll.


Over time, the pagan calendar migrated to Christian culture. But in some regions this year he is associated with Kasyan Visokos, one of the saints, the patron saint of monasticism.


He is believed to have been drinking without restraint for three years, and at the age of four he gets angry and takes revenge in public for the fact that his birthday is celebrated only once every 4 years.


However, there is a discrepancy here - a Christian saint, by definition, cannot be a drunk, plus there is no record in the church that Visokos would like.


Signs and beliefs associated with a leap year



Now the leap year is relatively simple, and earlier some people were afraid to leave home on February 29 in a leap year. For example, there was a sign that if you get a good frost on that day, and the frosts can be severe at the end of February, then a person will certainly catch a cold and die.


The same goes for animals. Popular belief says that any mistake in caring for pets on this day can cost animals their lives. For example, malnutrition or overeating.


Starting a new business in a leap year, according to popular belief, cannot be very successful.


Surely everything will be ruined: even if a man builds a house, he even opens a business. In addition, all major cases should be postponed until at least February 29 - this time is considered the most unfortunate since the beginning of the year.


To calm Visokos a little, you need to do the following:


  • under the bells, throw a glass of vodka from the window (another alcohol is suitable, but it must be strong);
  • drink without glasses that shake when it is exactly midnight;
  • If you still have glasses, then you should put the glasses on the table before taking a sip.


According to popular belief, Visokos' anger will diminish slightly before the completion of the next journey around the Sun.


Another interesting sign is associated with the collection of gifts from nature. Picking mushrooms and berries is usually difficult on February 29, but things found on the street, such as money, can cause problems if they enter the house.


And if the dog barks at the same time (a dog day on February 29 itself is a bad sign), then trouble is guaranteed. You have to ignore it while saying, "Hold me out."


Prohibitions of the leap year



Because this year is so unlucky, people have come with a lot of bans, noticing that you can remove the troubles from home. By the way, nature "participates" in these prohibitions as well.


For example, according to ancient memories, in leap years, usually a poor apple crop.


So what not to do in a leap year:


  • You can't sing carols for baptism. This ritual in itself is relatively associated with evil spirits and once every four years it is especially "attentive" to humans. You better not litter. So, no matter how many sweets people offer, it is better to avoid carols.
  • It is not recommended to sell homemade products. It is believed that happiness and wealth leave home with them.
  • You can't show the first erupted tooth to a baby to anyone, except maybe your closest relatives. If the ban is violated, the child will have crooked teeth.
  • You can't start a big business, including getting married. Everything will break down, as I mentioned above.
  • You can't buy "coffin stuff". It sounds weird, but for some people in their old age it is the norm to buy things for their own funeral. Doing so in a leap year will hasten death.
  • Women are strictly forbidden to dye their hair. This can lead to the lady becoming bald.
  • It is forbidden to change jobs or places of residence. In a new place, a person will simply not take root, you will have to start from scratch (this point is sometimes impractical because there are different circumstances in life).
  • Having children joins this forbidden group, but not everyone takes this restriction seriously.


Everything may sound archaic, but the fact remains - people often complain to astrologers and psychics about the misfortunes that began even after violating such prohibitions.


Conclusion - until the Earth makes a complete revolution around the Sun in a leap year, some activities should be abandoned.


The reason for the bad reputation of a leap year



We must recognize that if we did not have leap years, there would be a regular change of seasons. Therefore, they help to synchronize the Gregorian and astrological calendars and do not allow the seasons to change in other months.


But why a leap year is considered bad, you have to figure it out. In Slavic culture, there has long been a negative attitude towards such years. An additional day in February was considered the cause of disasters and landslides.


Perhaps the reason for such antipathy was that this time, on February 29, according to Slavic beliefs, Kashchey-Chernobog was subdued, commanding dark forces, sowing evil, death, disease, and madness.


Old Russians often associated a day of jumping with Cassian, who was born on February 29th. Based on the legends, where he was assigned the role of guardian of the gates of Hell, the traitorous cherub, the adoptive one of the demons, etc., one can understand why this character was very feared and strongly cursed. The Russians were convinced that Cassian had a negative impact throughout the year. There was a pestilence of cattle and poultry, crops were destroyed in the fields, and famine began.


On February 29, people once again tried not to go out into the yard, to keep cattle and birds closed.


It is difficult to answer unequivocally why a leap year is considered bad. Some scientists claim that natural and man-made disasters are becoming more common during this period. Many personalities are also in a hurry to cancel their individual problems for more than a year.


The following tragic events are historical facts:


  • the collapse of the Byzantine Empire and the city of Constantinople falls in the leap year 1204;
  • the bloody Spanish Inquisition began in 1232;
  • the plague of the inhabitants of medieval Europe from the plague, in which 1/3 of the population died in 1400;
  • the terrible events of the Night of St. Bartholomew in 1572;
  • the terrible tsunami in Japan in 1896 and the earthquake in China in 1556;
  • In 1908, everyone became aware of the fall of the Tunguska meteorite, etc.



List of leap years in the 21st century



To plan important events in your life, such as marriage, birth, change of profession, place of residence, etc., information about leap years in this century will be helpful.


Leap years, list of the twentieth century: 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 , 1992, 1996.


Leap years in our century: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, 2048, 2052, 2056, 2060, 2064, 2068, 2072, 2076, 2080, 2084, 2088, 2092, 2096, 2100.



Let's summarize


A positive attitude and self-confidence form a strong basis for important achievements in a person's life, and small superstitions should not become an obstacle to achieving goals.


Is it the leap year or 2022? 2022 will be an ordinary year. From year to year, the approach of the new year arouses enthusiasm among superstitious people.


Interest is based on the popular signs and superstitions associated with the addition to the additional February 29th. One day, February 29, is added to the calendar every four years.


If you believe in your own strengths you will be able to do whatever you want in any year! We at Bemorepanda advise you not to be guided by superstitions!


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The 2022 NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild took place on January 1, 2022 at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field, Major League Baseball team, in Minneapolis. The match, originally scheduled for the first day of 2021, will continue the tradition of outdoor play begun in 2008. 2022 will mark the 14th anniversary of the first "Winter Classic" in Buffalo.


The 2022 Honda All-Star NHL Weekend will take place in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on February 4-5. Skill contests will take place on Friday, February 4, and the next day will be the "All-Star Game".


On February 26, as part of the 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series, the Nashville Predators will play Tampa at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans. This will be the second open-air match for the Predators and the first for the Lightning, who will be the 27th team to play outdoors.


Each team in the 2021-22 season will play 82 matches, and there will be a total of 1,312 matches. The last day of the regular season will be Friday, April 29, when 30 out of 32 teams will take to the ice.


Bemorepanda prepared some interesting facts about NHL.



1. Olympic Break: To date, no final decision has been made on the participation of NHL hockey players in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Negotiations are ongoing. If the players' union and the International Ice Hockey Federation agree to resolve all issues, including insurance for hockey players on COVID-19, as agreed in the collective agreement, then the calendar will provide a pause between February 7 and 22. 


2. If conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic deteriorate or the health and safety of players is threatened, the NHL and the players' union will refuse to participate in the Games. If NHL players compete in the 2022 Olympics, the regular season will resume on February 23rd. If, for any reason, hockey players do not play at the Olympics, the NHL will publish a revised regular season schedule.


3. The National Hockey League is considered the most prestigious, popular and professional league in the world of ice hockey. The most loyal fans, the most spectacular matches and the most prestigious awards are directly related to the NHL. 


4. The history of the league is very long, because during its existence there have been many truly significant events, let alone the number of really talented athletes who have made their careers in the NHL. We have already talked about the strongest players in the NHL, talked about the best clubs and even recalled the history of the main hockey attributes, but now we want to talk about a few interesting facts that will help you learn hockey even better. 


5. The history of the league dates back to the late 19th century, when in 1892 the Governor General of Canada, Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley, established the country's main hockey trophy - the Challenge Hockey Cup. 



6. The devoted fans of Canada fought for the cup. Any team could challenge the current trophy holder, and he had to accept it. After the death of the Governor-General, the prize was named in his honor - the Stanley Cup. 


7. Now  the Stanley Cup is considered the most prestigious of those that a professional hockey player can win in his career, which is why many athletes tag in the NHL in order to try their luck in the championships. It is worth noting that we talked about the history of hockey in more detail in one of our previous articles.


8. As for the first official goal, which marked the beginning of professional hockey, it was scored by Dave Ritchie, who was a player of the Montreal Wanderers. The puck flew into the net on December 19, 1917, and it was the first official match in NHL history, followed by a huge number of sports fans. Then on the ice against "Montreal" came "Toronto Arenas", which conceded the same goal.


9. Many will wonder why the Stanley Cup was established almost at the very beginning of the 20th century, and the first puck was hammered only 20 years later? The fact is that the NHL was just beginning to develop, many teams did not immediately reach the professional level, and the championships were not held as cool as we see in this picture now. It is difficult to say at what point it is worth starting a report on the existence of the National League, but here everyone decides for himself.


10. Selling and buying players is quite a fun process. Of course, now popular players cost a lot of money, and many clubs go broke just to take possession of the legend of big sports. But in the history of the NHL there was a case when a player was bought for only one dollar. 


11. We are talking about one Canadian ice hockey player, Chris Draper, who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1993 under the general number 62. The athlete had practically no playing practice and had zero experience in the NHL, which is why he was sold to the famous Detroit for just one American dollar.



12. Moving to a new team, Chris was not left without an inverse nickname - "man for one dollar." But the nickname did not humiliate the athlete at all, and even brought its own benefit. Perhaps it's all about motivation and the desire to prove to the majority of his worth, but Draper was able to quickly advance to the main team, and then take the post of the leader of Krasnye Krylia. He became one of the club's top players at the time, significantly increasing his value in professional sports. It is worth noting that Draper played 1137 games for Detroit, scored 128 goals in them and helped the team win four Stanley Cups.


13. We have already talked about the origin of this trophy, but the award deserves special attention for several more reasons. Interestingly, the original height of the Stanley Cup was 18 centimeters, now it is much larger. It is also worth noting that there is a certain tradition according to which each member of the team that won the Stanley Cup has the right to personally own the cup for one day in the summer off-season after the victory. This happened for the first time in 1997, after the victory of the Detroit Red Wings, where the Russian Five played. 


14. Often the practice of giving away the cup for a day to the players led to curiosities. In 1996, Colorado defender Sylvain Lefebvre christened his little daughter Alexanna in a cup. Now Aleksanna Lefebvre plays for the university's hockey team. In 2008, the Stanley Cup was again used as a cup for infant baptism: Thomas Holmstrom baptized his nephew in it. In general, they didn’t fill the cup with anything during the celebrations. Ice cream, melted chocolate, soup, chili sauce, applesauce, and even dog food. 


15. Goalkeeper Martin Brodeur, after winning the New Jersey Devils in 2003, went to the cinema with the kids and took a goblet with him to fill it with popcorn. Here is such an interesting trophy.


16. The best hockey player in the history of the National Hockey League! Wayne became the leader in almost all offense-related indicators: points (2857), goals (894), assists (1963), points in equal squads (1818), majority (890), minority (149) and goals in an empty net (57). 



17. Wayne also became the only NHL player to score more than 200 points per season in 1982 (212 points), 1984 (205), 1985 and 1986 (208 and 215 points, respectively). It's hard to find a hockey fan who hasn't heard of this athlete. This hockey player is truly unique and is a legend in the National Hockey League. 


18. Despite the unique records, the athlete did not differ in versatility, often lost in speed indicators to his rivals and did not always demonstrate decent defense. But he could always competently choose his position on the court, defeating the opponent with perfect technique and a strong throw. Interestingly, many note the fact that even if Wayne had not scored a single goal, he would still have been the leader in terms of the number of points scored in his career. Here is such an interesting character, famous all over the world.


19. The first goalkeeper to score an unusual goal against an opponent was New York Islanders goalkeeper Billy Smith. 


20. Philadelphia Flyers goalkeeper Ron Hextall became the second goalkeeper to score, and the first to score. Most of the goals against rivals are on the personal account of Martin Brodeur. He was able to score as many as three goals. In general, a rather unusual situation when the puck flies into the goal from the goalkeeper of another team, but often this is due to the unpredictability of hockey. 


21. There are times when the goalkeeper repels a strong attack from the opponent, and then the incomprehensible force of the rebound comes into play, and it happens that the goalkeeper himself wants to take the initiative into his own hands, like the above-described hockey players.



22. This interesting fact can be noted in as many as two matches in the history of the National Hockey League. The first happened in the third season of the NHL, when the Montreal players were able to beat their age-old opponents from Toronto with a score of 14-7. The second-highest scoring match in league history came in 1985 when the aforementioned Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton fired on Chicago. 


23. In this meeting, "Edmonton" was able to win with a score of 12-9, while the legendary Gretzky, without scoring a single goal, gave his teammates seven assists. It is worth noting that in each season of the NHL you can see many interesting, spectacular and memorable matches that make the history of the league unique.


24. Theoren Fleury is a truly great ice hockey player from Canada, born in 1968. His height was only 168 cm, but this did not stop him from achieving unprecedented heights in sports. The hockey player scored 1,088 points in the NHL, won the Stanley Cup, became a gold medalist at the Olympic Games, a silver medalist in the World Championship and received the honorary title of "Player of the Year" in the NHL.


25. And the tallest player in the history of the NHL was born in Slovakia. In his 44 years, Zdeno has also broken a large number of prejudices. With a height of 206 cm, the defender continues to play for the Washington Capitals to this day. The good news is that such a truly unique player does not lose heart and does not even think about the end of his career. On account of his 1608 games in the NHL, for which he was able to score 207 goals. 



26. Zdeno Hara, which we wrote about above, also set another record worthy of attention. The hockey player has one of the most powerful shots in NHL history. Zdeno Hara was able to throw the puck at 105.4 mph (169.6 km / h) in 2009. By the way, Hara liked to break records - and he did it a couple more times, reaching 107 mph (172.2 km / h) in 2012. But here it is worth noting another athlete who achieved higher numbers. 


27. The incredible Bobby Hull was able to break absolutely all the records of big sport, accelerating the hockey puck to 193 km / h with his powerful click. Experts also say that the athlete could make a throw with a maximum puck speed of 169 km / h using a wrist technique. 


28. Bobby Hull was one of the best strikers in the NHL in the 1960s. The player was awarded the title of best sniper of the regular season between 1959 and 1969 as many as seven times, making him the second strongest hockey player in this indicator. Bobby Hull was able to score 54 goals in 1965/66, making him the only player to score over 50 goals in the NHL regular season. Throughout his career, the athlete took part in 1,063 matches of the regular season and in 119 playoffs. But now the legend of world hockey is already 82 years old, and it is simply impossible to check or refute his records. 


29. Thus, the National Hockey League contains in its history many unique moments that will be of interest to every fan of big sport. It is these facts and records that are the basis of interesting hockey, a professional sport that has a huge number of fans. Important events are remembered by many, making hockey even more popular and even more spectacular, which is why this sport quickly gained worldwide popularity and annually indulges us with legendary events.


30. On November 26, 1917, representatives of four Canadian clubs (Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs) decided to create the National Hockey League. A little later, Toronto Arenas joined the organizers.



31. The first NHL matches took place on December 19, 1917. There are currently 30 teams in the world's strongest professional hockey league.


32. In 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame was opened in Toronto, where the names of the best hockey players on the planet were entered. Currently, more than 300 world hockey legends have been awarded this honor, including 6 of our compatriots: Anatoly Tarasov, Vladislav Tretyak, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Valery Kharlamov, Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure.


33. On February 14, 1934, the Toronto Maple Leafs permanently assigned the number 6 jersey to team star Ace Bailey. Later, the tradition of removing the numbers of great hockey players from circulation gained wide popularity in the NHL. Pavel Bure was the only Russian to be awarded such an honor. In 2013, the Vancouver Canucks secured form with number 10.


34. In 1959, the Montreal Canadiens goalkeeper Jacques Plant began wearing a mask. Not everyone liked this novelty, and many even called Plant a coward. But after a few years, the mask became a common attribute of the goalkeeper's uniform.


35. According to statistics, 68% of professional hockey players lost at least one tooth during a match.



36. The legendary Gordie Howe was distinguished not only by high performance, but also by an aggressive game. Therefore, if one hockey player manages to throw the puck in a match, make an assist and take part in a fight, then such a result is called "Gordie Howe's hat-trick."


37. Since 1993, every hockey player who has won the Stanley Cup, the NHL's premier trophy, can take it home for a day. But there is one secret: the athletes are given a copy of the prize, and the original is kept in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


38. April 16, 1999 ended the sports career of the most famous hockey player in the history of the NHL - Wayne Gretzky. In NHL games, Gretzky has scored 894 goals and made 1,963 assists. Its result has not been surpassed so far.


39. Bobby Hull had the most powerful shot among the pros. After his impact, the puck flew at a speed of 190.4 kilometers per hour.


40. In the entire long history of the NHL, the Stanley Cup has not been played twice. In 1919, the tournament was stopped due to the flu epidemic, and in 2005 the championship was canceled due to a hockey strike.



41. In the first month of the 2017-18 season, 212 matches were played. On average, the teams scored 6.1 goals in them (excluding 18 goals in shootouts). This is significantly more than the figure for the same period of the last championship - 5.6. On average, NHL teams scored 5.45 goals per game that season.


42. The last time NHL clubs managed to cross the line of six goals per game in the 2005-06 championship was 6.05 in 1230 games. And the level of 6.1 goals per game was exceeded for the last time in the regular championship of 1995-96 - 6.29.


43. This figure may be impressive, but it is still significantly less than 25 years ago, when NHL clubs averaged 7.25 goals per game.


44. There is another indicator of the increased performance: all 24 top scorers in the league (as of Saturday) are gaining an average of points per match. Last season, only eight of the top 24 played as effectively.


45. Pittsburgh have won all four games between Crosby and McDavid: two in regulation, one in overtime and one in shootouts. Now they can meet again at best only in the playoffs. Or next season.


46. “Islanders” figured out the game in the majority: “New York Islanders” for three weeks to establish the game in the majority and, apparently, the team was able to find the cause of failure and draw the right conclusions.



47. The first took place during the third season of the NHL - Montreal beat Toronto (St. Patrick's) with a score of 14-7, but then such a score was the norm.


48. The second such a productive match had to wait for more than 60 years - until the end of 1985, when Edmonton, led by the inimitable Gretzky, staged a shootout with Chicago and won 12-9. At the same time, Wayne did not score a single (!) Washer, but he helped his partners as much as seven (!) Times, which became a record for transfers in one game.


49. Andrew Hammond, who defended the gates of Ottawa and Colorado, got his nickname "The Hamburglar" (ie "Burgervor") long before the NHL during one of the varsity games for Bowling Green State University (NCAA). First, one of his teammates, Wade Finegan, began calling Hammond "Robber" for his ability to "steal" victories for his team. Then the nickname evolved into "Burglar" ("Thief"), then simply "Burgs". The result of this chain is the nickname "The Hamburglar", which is the name of a friend of Ronald McDonald, and this friend, as you might guess, loves to steal burgers on the sly. It was he who was depicted on the mask of the Canadian when he played for Ottawa.


50.Eighteen-year-old Alec Regula was selected by Detroit in the third round of the 2018 NBA Draft pick as # 67.

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