Basketball And Tennis : History Essay

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Soccer (Football) and Tennis
Tennis: History
The earliest known form of tennis was believed to have been played during the 11th or 12th century by French monks, but this version was played with their hands rather than racket or paddle. Eventually using one’s bare hands became too painful, so the players started wearing gloves, which eventually evolved into a paddle which then evolved to an early form of racket. After some time, the game evolved into “Real Tennis”, which was popular among the British and French nobility and played on wooden or stone surfaces. This new version of tennis lead to the creation of the wooden framed racquets with sheep gut strings in the year 1500 and tennis balls were made by stuffing rags into cloth or leather spheres. In the late 18th century tennis began to be played on grass courts and was given the name “Field” or “Long Tennis” and became very popular in the Victorian era. In the 1870s the tennis ball was remade to be made of rubber with a layer of fabric. In 1873 the version made by a man named Walter Clopton Wingfield was patented, but the court didn’t resemble a modern tennis court and the official rules were not made until 1875. After the 1940s acrylic courts began to be used along with synthetic grass and eventually a rubber mat surface. In 1972 yellow tennis balls were introduced by the ITF. In terms of Tournaments; the first Wimbledon Tournament was played in 1877, the first male championship in the US Opens Tournament was in 1881, the…

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