Here are the most popular sports in the UK besides football.
Tennis is a famous sport played by 2 people (singles) or two teams in which each team of 2 people (doubles). This sport originated in the field of tennis in England in the 19th century.
Based on the world rankings of the current Professional Tennis Association (ATP), the top 3 top players are from Europe. These are Novak Djokovic from Siberia, Roger Federer from Switzerland and Andy Murray from England.
The world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament is the Wimbledon.
The tournament takes place every year in London at All England Club, Wimbledon. The 2010 tennis match at the Wimbledon Championship was the longest with 11 hours and 5 minutes.
The most experienced player in the world is European – Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who is still not retired at 36.
Another popular sport in Europe is Golf and originated in the 15th century in Scotland. Today, in Europe, there are more than 300 million fans of the sport.
The most famous golf tournament is the Ryder Club tournament. The tournament takes place every two years between teams including top European golfers and the best golfers from the US.
Among professional sports, golf is the only sport where the player with the least score is the winner. Scotland, the birthplace of golf, is home to more than five hundred golf courses today.
Top European golfers include Rory Mcllory from Northern Ireland, Henrik Stenson from Sweden and Lee Westwood from England. In addition to the aforementioned sports, Europeans also love many other sports at both national and international levels such as rugby, hockey, volleyball and basketball.
Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a famous sport not only in Asia but also in Europe. The game consists of 2 or 4 players hitting the ball back and forth on the table. The International Table Tennis Federation organizes tournaments around the world.
The British father and son, Peter and Daniel Ives have set the world record for the longest pairing with a total time of 8 hours 40 minutes. Their names were recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
European countries honored with Olympics medals include Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Yugoslavia. Besides, rofessional table tennis federations in Europe are government sponsored. Sweden is the only country in Europe and the only one in the world to eradicate Chinese table tennis dominance in the world.