It is a racket sport which can be played both individually and doubles. Each player uses a tennis racket which is used to strike a rubber ball, covered with felt over around a net into opponent’s court.
Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played in all societies by people of all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket even including wheelchairs
Why it is called tennis:
At the start of 11th century, some players played this game with their hands. During that time it was known as “Jeu De Paume”.
Later on, in the 15th century, the game came to Poland and was played first time with rackets. Then it was given the name of tennis.
A brief history:
Talking about History the Game was originated in Northern France where players used to strike the ball with the palm of hand.
With the passage of time, it was evolved into Real tennis.
The name ‘’Racket’’ was unknown till the 16th century after which it was called Tennis First time in the game’s History
Duration of a match:
The duration of the match varies depending on the match and its intensity. It can be both short and long in duration and depends on individual matches.
The shortest duration recorded was 26 minutes and 29 seconds
whereas the longest duration recorded of the match was two hours and 41 minutes.
However, the players take small intervals break at changeover and also at sets.
The major Equipment in Tennis is Rackets, Nets and Courts
In the beginning, when Rackets were just introduced, these were usually made of wood and the strings were made of animal gut. Laminated wood rackets were more successful because those yielded more strength. Later in the 20th century, the first time the racket made of metal was introduced followed by many other heavy and lighter metals to make rackets.
Manner of the play:
Tennis is played on courts which can be of many types. In different tournaments different sorts of courts are used that include:
There are usually white lines that demonstrate and determines points for the players during the game.
Types of shots:
A tennis player has eight Basic shot
- The Serve
- Overhead Smash
- Drop shot
There are also many other shots which are used by players depending on their abilities during the match.
Tennis was made a part of Summer Olympic Program from 1896 to 1924 however from 1968 to 1984 it was only a demonstrating sport in Olympics. After 1988 it became a program in Summer Olympics.
Popular tournaments and players:
Tennis Major Tournaments is Grand Slam Tournaments which includes:
These Tournaments offer most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention.
There are also many other tournaments like
ATP World Tour Finals
WTA Tour Championships
The greatest tennis player who has won the most Grand Slam awards is” ROGER FEDERER” and in women “Margaret Court.”