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Tennis: A History

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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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.

By the 18th century, the rubber ball made the game popular again, as it had the ability to be played outdoors on grass.

  • The game of tennis was originally a game of the rich, played by male players in hats and ties, and women in corsets and bustles.
  • It adopted a strict dress code in the 1890s, and white clothing became the official tennis attire. This dress code wasn't a great option for middle-class...

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.

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