Tennis

The History of Tennis

The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as "lawn tennis". It had close connections both to various field games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport of real tennis. During most of the 19th-century, the term "tennis" referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis.

The rules of tennis have not changed much since the 1890's. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tie-break in the 1970's. A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point challenge system, which allows a player to challenge the line umpire's call of a point.

All About Tennis

Game Play

Tennis is a sport usually played between two players, singles, or between two teams of two players each, doubles. Each player uses a racket that is strung to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a good return. Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including people in wheelchairs. Tennis is enjoyed by millions of recreational players and is also a hugely popular worldwide spectator sport.