Stamps on 1964 Winter Olympics Innsbruck – Austria 1964
The First Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924 in which 16 Nations participated in 6 Sports, 9 Disciplines and 16 events in Men’s and Women’s Category.
The 1964 Winter Olympics or IX Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck Austria from 29 Jan to 09 Feb 1964. The then Austrian President Adolf Scharf inaugurated the Games. A total of 1091 athletes from 36 Nations participated in 6 Sports, 10 Disciplines and 34 events.USSR topped the medals tally with 11 Gold Medals.
Austria issued a set of stamps on 11 Nov 1963 to commemorate the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. First Day Covers are being Listed.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Introduction and Countdown – 362 days to go.
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will be held from 24 July to 09 August 2020 in Tokyo
These will be the Games of XXXII Olympiad.
206 nations are expected to take part in 339 events in 33 sports.
Over 11,000 athletes are expected to arrive at. various venues.
National Stadium in Tokyo will host the Opening Ceremony.
Miraitowa is the Official Mascot for Tokyo 2020.
We at Stamp Digest shall keep you informed about the Philatelic aspects and other interesting news related to Tokyo 2020. We shall also list stories and stamps related to the previous Olympic Games. So watch out this space at Stamp Digest.
Stamps on Tokyo 2020- Japan Post released a set of Stamps for sale on 12 Mar 2019- 500 days before the opening of the Games. A sheet of 10 stamps featuring the Mascots for Olympics and Paralympics and the Tokyo Stadium were issued.
Roland Garros French Open Tennis 2019 – Stamps on Men’s Singles winners 1920- 2018.
There are four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held in a calendar year. The French Open or Roland Garros is the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The 2019 edition will be played from 26 May to 9 June 2019 (qualifying rounds have already started from 20th May 2019).
The Grand Slam schedule consists of the Australian Open in mid-January, the French Open in May-June, Wimbledon in June-July and the US Open in August-September.
The French Clay Court Championships played in 1891 can be termed as the First French Open tournament. It was only open to the members of the French Club and was played at Stade Francais. The venue of the French Open was shifted to Stade Roland Garros in 1928. This stadium was built and named in honour of Roland Garros, a French fighter pilot who was killed during the Great War.
Ivory Coast issued a sheetlet consisting of nine stamps on Mens’ Singles Champions on 24 May 1991 to mark the centenary of French Open Championships.
Henri Cochet (France) – Won Five titles (1922,26,28,30,32)
Rene Lacoste (France)- Won three titles (1925,27,29)
Jean-Borotra (France) -Won two titles in 1924 & 1931
Donald Budge (USA) – Won in 1938
Marcel Bernard (France) -Won in 1946.
Ken Rosewall (Australia) -Won two titles in 1953 & 1968
Rod Laver (Australia) -Won two titles in 1962 & 1969.
Bjorn Borg (Sweden)- One of the most difficult things in Tennis is to win the “Channel Slam” i.e winning the French Open on the clay court and Wimbledon on the grass in the same year. In the Open era, Nadal, Federer and Bjorn Borg have achieved this feat. Bjorn Borg’s record stands apart as he won the Channel Slam thrice in 1978, 1979 and 1980. He won six titles ( 1974,75,78,79,80 & 81).
Yannick Noah (France) – Won the title in 1983.
Gustavo Kuerten -Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil has won the French Open Singles title three times in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Brazil issued a miniature sheet in 2001 featuring Gustavo Kuerten.
Rafael Nadal has won 11 French Open titles in men’s singles category and is known as the “King of Clay”. He first played at Roland Garros in 2005 and won his first French Open title. He has won these 11 titles in just 14 appearances making it a remarkable achievement. He is the current French Open Champion. His 11 titles is a record for the highest number of men’s singles titles
Roger Federer has won the French Open only once in 2009.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia has also won the French Open only once in 2016. He has won 15 Grand Slam titles in his career till now. Serbia issued a stamp in his honour on 4 April 2008.
Watch out for Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Theim, Federer fighting it out for2019 French Open Title at Roland Garros starting today 26 May 2019. Happy Viewing.
A 13c Postcard issued on 1980 Olympics featuring a Runner Carrying Olympic Torch.It was issued on 30 Apr 1984. It also features a cancellation on Hockey station Monterey Park California 29 Jul 1984. The Weingart Stadium in Monterey Park played host to all Field Hockey matches of 1984 Olympics.
The International Tennis Federation conducts Davis Cup – Men’s Team Tennis event. It is played on a knock out basis between teams of various countries. The 2002 Davis Cup final was played in France between Russia and France and Russia won the title defeating France 3-2. It was the 91st edition of Davis Cup. It was first Davis Cup title for Russia.
Russia issued two stamps and a miniature sheet on 19 Feb 2003 to mark this historic win.
The 8.00 Rouble stamp was issued in sheets of 10. The print run for stamps was 300,000 and 30,000 sheets were printed. It shows the Russian Flag and a tennis ball.