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10 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

•     Tennis is believed to have originated in the monastic cloisters in northern France in the 12th century. Interestingly, the ball was then struck with palm of the hand. At that time it was named “jeu de paume” (game of the palm). Rackets came into use during the 16th century.

•     The word “tennis” comes from the Anglo-Norman term “Tenez.”

•     Wimbledon, or the Wimbledon Championships, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and also considered to be the most prestigious.

•     The first Wimbledon was played in 1877. It is also the first of the four “Grand Slams” to be founded.

•     The US Open was founded in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. These four major tournaments have been designated as “Grand Slam” tournaments.

•     A player is said to have won a Career Grand Slam if they win all four majors at any time during their career; a Non calendar-Year Grand Slam if they win the four majors consecutively, but not in the same year, and a Grand Slam if they win all four majors in a single year.

•     The longest tennis match took 11 hours and 5 minutes to complete. It was played between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Ultimately, John Isner won the match.

•     Tennis is also an Olympic sport, and it can be played by wheelchair users.

•     The year 1968 marked the beginning of the open era in professional tennis. The French Open was the first “Grand Slam” event to go open.

 


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