The origins of any racket and ball game including tennis are traditionally credited to the 11th or 12th century French game paume which was played by hand and then progressed to jeu to paume with the use of a racket.
The origins of any racket and ball game including tennis are traditionally credited to the 11th or 12th century French game paume which was played by hand and then progressed to jeu to paume with the use of a racket. However, not all historians agree on this, there is a theory that the word tennis comes from the name Tinnis, a city in ancient Egypt, and the word racket – from rahat, which means ‘palm’ in Arabic. It is believed that different versions of the game were played in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, although there is no additional evidence for that.
Tennis and ball racquets, as we know them today, were also not invented overnight.
In the 13th century empty hands were found too uncomfortable, and players began to use gloves, then wooden oars, and finally paddles with grips. Only in the 1500s was the first frame racquet with strings made of sheep guts.
Walter Clopton Wingfield is usually given credit for the invention of modern tennis. He actually patented the game in 1874, enacting a new set of rules and moving tennis from indoors to outdoors. The same year the first tennis courts appeared in the United States, and shortly thereafter in Russia, India, Canada and China.
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The first tennis championships were held in 1877 at Wimbledon, and are still considered the most prestigious. The US Open came to be sometime later in 1881. There are now four Grand Slam tennis tournaments: US Open, French Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. The US Open tennis tournament is covered by two different tournaments – the US National Singles Championship for the US Men’s and Women’s Singles Championships, which were merged and renamed the US Open in 1968.Since then tennis has become a major commercial and entertaining event with tournament tickets for the public. and various sponsors and advertisers.
The Sony Ericsson Open was founded in 1985 by tennis player Butch Buchholz with the aim of making it the number one tennis tournament this year, or at least second only to Wimbledon. His attempts failed, even though the championship is considered the 5th most important tennis event this year. Traditionally held in Florida in March-April, the prize money is $ 9 million, and a Sony Ericsson tennis ticket can cost up to $ 2000.