Games with racquets hitting balls have been going on since the Neolithic times. Ruins in Mesoamerica show signs of ball games played in various cultures thousands of years ago.
Greeks, Romans and Egyptians have played games resembling modern tennis.
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A version of modern tennis, played without racquets (using palms of the hand) by French monks was called jeu de paume, or the Game Of The Palm.
It was upgraded in the year 1500 ADE with wooden racquets, and balls made of leather and cork. The game became extremely popular in Engl...
By the 18th century, the rubber ball made the game popular again, as it had the ability to be played outdoors on grass.
A version of the game called Sphairistikè was played in an hourglass-shaped court in London, creating a sensation in the whole of Europe in the year 1873. This l...
The famous scoring technique of Tennis: Love, 15, 30, 40, deuce originated in France. The game was divided into a 60 point system due to its association with medieval numerology. 40 (quarante) was used instead of 45 (quarante cinq) as it was shorter in french.
The term lo...
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