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Grand Slam (tennis)
The GRAND SLAM tournaments, also called MAJORS, are the four most important annual tennis events. They offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and greater number of "best of" sets for men. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open in May and June, Wimbledon in July, and the US Open in August and September. Each tournament is played over a period of two weeks. The Australian and United States
United States
tournaments are played on hard courts , the French on clay , and Wimbledon on grass . Wimbledon is the oldest, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. However, of these four, only Wimbledon was a major before 1924–25, when all four became designated Grand Slam tournaments
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WTA Premier Tournaments
1988–2008 * Tier I * Tier II * Tier III * Tier IV and V 2009–present * Premier tournaments * International tournaments Other * Fed Cup PREMIER TOURNAMENTS is a category of tennis tournaments in the Women\'s Tennis
Tennis
Association tour, implemented since the reorganization of the schedule in 2009. As of 2017, Premier events include: * Four "Premier Mandatory" events in Indian Wells, Key Biscayne, Madrid, and Beijing
Beijing
with prize money of $4.5 million. * Five "Premier 5" events in Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal, and Wuhan
Wuhan
with prize money of $2 million. * Twelve "Premier" events with prize money of $600,000 to $1,000,000.The ranking points awarded to the winners of these tournaments are: "Premier Mandatory" 1000; "Premier 5" 900; and "Premier" 470
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Olympic Medal
An OLYMPIC MEDAL is awarded to successful competitors at one of the Olympic Games . There are three classes of medal : gold , awarded to the winner; silver , awarded to the 1st runner-up; and bronze , awarded to the second runner-up. The granting of award s is laid out in detail in the Olympic protocols. Medal designs have varied considerably since the first Olympic Games in 1896, particularly in size and weight. A standard obverse (front) design of the medals for the Summer Olympic Games began in 1928 and remained for many years, until its replacement at the 2004 Games as the result of controversy surrounding the use of the Roman Colosseum rather than a building representing the Games' Greek roots. The medals of the Winter Olympic Games never had a common design, but regularly feature snowflakes
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Contract Bridge
CONTRACT BRIDGE, or simply BRIDGE, is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck . It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments , online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors. The World Bridge Federation (WBF) is the governing body for international competitive bridge, with numerous other bodies governing bridge at the regional level. The game consists of several deals , each progressing through four phases. The cards are dealt to the players, and then the players auction or bid to take the contract , specifying how many tricks the partnership receiving the contract (the declaring side) needs to take to receive points for the deal
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WTA International Tournaments
The INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS is a category for professional tennis tournaments of Women\'s Tennis
Tennis
Association from the 2009 WTA Tour onwards, which replaced the previous Tier III and Tier IV categories. As of the 2017 season , there are 32 tournaments, all knock-out tournaments with a prize money for every event at $250,000 ($750,000 for Shenzhen
Shenzhen
and $500,000 for Tianjin
Tianjin
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The New York Times
_THE NEW YORK TIMES_ (sometimes abbreviated _NYT_ and _THE TIMES_) is an American daily newspaper , founded and continuously published in New York City
New York City
since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times
The New York Times
Company . _The New York Times_ has won 122 Pulitzer Prizes , more than any other newspaper. The paper's print version in 2013 had the second-largest circulation, behind _ The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
_, and the largest circulation among the metropolitan newspapers in the United States. _The New York Times_ is ranked 18th in the world by circulation . Following industry trends, its weekday circulation had fallen in 2009 to fewer than one million. Nicknamed "THE GRAY LADY", _The New York Times_ has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record ". It has been owned by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896; Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr
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Bobby Jones (golfer)
ROBERT TYRE "BOBBY" JONES JR. (March 17, 1902 – December 18, 1971) was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession, who was one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club , and co-founded the Masters Tournament
Masters Tournament
. The innovations that he introduced at the Masters have been copied by virtually every professional golf tournament in the world. Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever to compete at a national and international level. During his peak from 1923 to 1930, he dominated top-level amateur competition, and competed very successfully against the world's best professional golfers. Jones often beat stars such as Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
and Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen
, the era's top pros
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Wheelchair Tennis At The Summer Paralympics
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS was first contested at the SUMMER PARALYMPICS as a demonstration sport in 1988, with two events being held (Men's and Women's Singles). It became an official medal-awarding sport in 1992 and has been competed at every Summer Paralympics since then. Four events were held from 1992 to 2000, with quad events (mixed gender) in both singles and doubles added in 2004. CONTENTS * 1 Events * 2 Medalists * 2.1 Men\'s Singles * 2.2 Women\'s Singles * 2.3 Men\'s Doubles * 2.4 Women\'s Doubles * 2.5 Quad Singles * 2.6 Quad Doubles * 3 References EVENTSSix events are contested at each Paralympic. Only men's and women's singles were held at the 1988 Paralympics, when it was a demonstration sport. These were joined by men's and women's doubles events at its first medal games. In 2004 events were added to the roster for athletes with quadriplegia (as such they are also known as "quad" events), the gender for this event is mixed
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Wheelchair Tennis Masters
The WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS refers to a pair of end of year tennis events for wheelchair athletes held on an annual basis under the jurisdiction of the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation . The WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS FOR SINGLES is an end-of-year wheelchair tennis tournament, broadly analogous to the ATP Tour and WTA Championship finals. Initiated in 1994 for men and women's singles, and 2004 for quad players (quad tennis being a mixed gender sport) both genders compete at the same event. The top eight players (men and women), and the top six quad players, are invited to the Masters. The ranking is based on their ranking after the US Open is played. The round robin format is comparable to that which operates at the ATP World Tour Finals
ATP World Tour Finals
and WTA Championships . The Masters is described as the official ITF year-end singles championship
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World Team Cup
The WORLD TEAM CUP was the international men's team championship of the Association of Tennis Professionals
Association of Tennis Professionals
(ATP). The inaugural edition of the tournament was contested in 1975 in Kingston , Jamaica
Jamaica
and was called the NATIONS CUP. No tournament was held in 1976 and 1977. From 1978 through 2012 the tournament was held annually in Düsseldorf , Germany
Germany
. It was generally considered to be second most prestigious men's team competition in tennis after the Davis Cup
Davis Cup
. Every year, the eight nations whose top two male players have achieved the highest combined placings in the men's world rankings at the end of the previous year were invited to compete for the cup
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Hopman Cup
The HOPMAN CUP is an annual international eight-team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament held in Perth , Western Australia
Australia
in early January (sometimes commencing in late December) each year, which plays mixed-gender teams on a country-by-country basis. The championship is named in honour of Harry Hopman (1906–1985), an Australian tennis player and coach who guided the country to 15 Davis Cup titles between 1938 and 1969. Since the Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup
was founded in 1989, it has been attended each year by Harry Hopman's widow, his second wife Lucy, who travels to the tournament annually from her home in the United States
United States
. The tournament is a sanctioned event in the calendar of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but while individual player results are tallied, they are not included in the calculation of tennis world rankings
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ITF Women's Circuit
The ITF WOMEN\'S CIRCUIT is a series of professional tennis tournaments run by the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation for female professional tennis players. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 List of events * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYIt serves as a developmental circuit for the WTA Tour , which is run by the independent Women\'s Tennis
Tennis
Association (WTA). There are several hundred ITF Women's Circuit
ITF Women's Circuit
tournaments each year, spread across all six inhabited continents, with prize money ranging from USD $10,000 to USD $100,000. Players who succeed on the ITF Women's Circuit earn sufficient points to be eligible for qualifying draw or main draw entry to WTA tournaments
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Davis Cup
The DAVIS CUP is the premier international team event in men's tennis . It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. It is described by the organisers as the "World Cup of Tennis", and the winners are referred to as the World Champion team. The competition began in 1900 as a challenge between Great Britain and the United States . By 2016 , 135 nations entered teams into the competition. The most successful countries over the history of the tournament are the United States (winning 32 tournaments and finishing as runners-up 29 times) and Australia (winning 28 times, including four occasions with New Zealand as Australasia , and finishing as runners-up 19 times). The present champions are Argentina who beat Croatia to win the title for the first time in 2016
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ATP Finals
The ATP FINALS is the second highest tier of men's tennis tournament after the four Grand Slam tournaments. A week-long event, the tournament is held annually each November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. The ATP Finals
ATP Finals
are the season-ending championships of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and feature the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings . The tournament was fir