5 – Tennis
With a fan base estimated over 1 billion worldwide, Tennis comes into my list at 5th position. Tennis originated from France and England in the 19th century. The sport is played between two people, who appear at both sides of the net, and in order to win the point you must force your opponent to hit the ball at the net, too long or not return it at all. The game can also be played in doubles, where the rules are slightly different, but mainly the same as singles tennis. The sport is fast paced and you need skills such as technique, power, pace and determination to succeed. As well as physically strong, tennis is arguably one of the sports where mental strength is just as important. Tennis can be a frustrating sport, and placing a bad shot can cause stress, however the better players try and not let this affect them, and keep focused on their game. Tennis has four grand slam tournaments in a calendar year. In January there is the Australian Open, in May there is the French Open, starting in June is Wimbledon (held in England) and finally the US Open in September. Roger Federer has won the most grand slam tournaments and arguably the best player to have ever played, has won nearly $60,000,000 in prize money from tournaments alone. Rafael Nadal, is the current number one, who won all four grand slams in 2010.
4 – Hockey (NHL)
The National Hockey League is one of the most watched sports in the US and Canada. It is also watched around the world in many countries. The league was organized in Montreal back in 1917, where there was 4 teams participating. The sport grew, and in the current league, there are 30 teams competing, with 6 from Canada and 24 from the US. The sport is played on ice, and the game is split up in three periods, each lasting 20 minutes, with 17 minutes interval between each. Over a course of the season, each team play 82 games, with 41 at home and 41 away. At the end of a regular season, the team with the most points is the division champion. The three division champions and 5 other teams with the highest amount of points play each other in the playoffs, in best of 7 matches. The final is called the Stanley Cup, which is one of the oldest tournaments to date, in sport. The most successful team in NHL history is the Montreal Canadiens with 24 Stanley Cup championships. Continue reading “My Top 5 Sports in the World”