Origin Of Tennis

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There is no actual evidence of the origin of tennis as people believe that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans played different versions of tennis. One piece of evidence of ancient tennis was noted as a few Arabic words from the ancient Egyptian times. This theory presents the origin of the name of the sport: “tennis”. The theory lends the name’s origin to the derivative of the Egyptian town of “Tinnis” and the name “racquet”, the main tennis equipment used, evolved from the Arabic word for palm of the hand, “rahat”. Aside from the origin of the two most significant words of the sport, the first origins of the game of tennis has been credited to eleventh- or twelfth- century French monks, who began playing a crude handball against their …show more content…
Wingfield patented the equipment and rules for similar game to the modern game of tennis, which he called Sphairistike (Greek for “playing at ball”). Wingfield’s original court was shorter than the modern court and had the shape of an hourglass, where it was narrowest by the net. In the United States of the same year, the first tennis courts were appearing and by the following year, equipment sets for tennis were being sold in Russia, India, Canada, and China. Later, the All England Club Croquet decided to hold the first Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1877; the organizing committee decided to ditch Wingfield’s odd-shaped court and chose to use a rectangular court instead, and the modern rules today were introduced then. The event was initially held to fundraise to fix a broken roller at the private club, but soon evolved into one of the most prestigious tennis events in the entire world. During the first year of the Wimbledon Championships, only men’s singles competed. Women were not allowed to play until 1884. While the rules have remained the essentially the same since then, the only major change was the introduction of the tiebreak rule in 1971. Moreover, white balls were used, but were first replaced with yellow balls at the 1986 Wimbledon as they were deemed more visible to TV cameras.The 15, 30, 40 scoring system also supposedly came about from the clock face at one end of the court; it was originally 15, 30, 45, but 45 was …show more content…
Her career has spanned two and a half decades and she first gained the number one ranking in the world in 2002 and later regained the same ranking on six other occasions. She holds more than thirty-two major titles. Of these titles, seventeen are in singles tournaments, thirteen are in women’s doubles tournaments and two are in mixed doubles tournaments. In 2002-2003, she was victorious over all the four coveted Grand Slam tournaments, a rare and exceptional feat which as later tagged by the media as “Serena Slam”. Her aggressive playing style is inspirational as she always leaves her opponent 's spell bound with her fastest power-packed serve and forceful groundstrokes. When she first became a professional tennis player, she started from the 304 rank and has become a legacy moving up the ranks to number one, winning many world championships. Serena’s determination and mental toughness in this sport is quite

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