The History of Tennis

By Emerson Wong

Lawn Tennis is Born

Tennis, also called lawn tennis, royal tennis, real tennis, or court tennis, was created by Maj. Walter Clopton Wingfield, in 1873, and was based on an Ancient Greek game. Tennis is a game where there are 2-4 players with racquets that try to hit the ball into the other teams side of the court, which is made out of many different materials varying from clay courts to grass courts, and score a point.

Point System and the different strokes

Tennis scoring is weird, instead of just saying 0, the term for 0 is love, meaning you start at love, then progress to 15, then 30, then 40, and if there's a tie, a deuce. To win a set, you must be ahead by 2 games, and you just play at least 6 games. The two most basic strokes used in tennis are the forehand and the backhand. Other strokes are the lob, a high hit of the ball landing behind the opponent, an overhead smash, the return of a lob, with a lot of power and speed, and is usually not able to be returned, the drop shot, a return that is lightly hit and spinning, and just barely drops past the net, a slice, any stroke that makes the ball land crookedly, the volley, a powerful hit of the ball before it bounces, and the half volley, a low return of the ball right after a bounce.

Famous Tennis Players

Citations

"Court Tennis." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2016): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 12 May 2016.

"Tennis." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2016): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 12 May 2016.