Tennis originally was known as lawn tennis, and formally still is in Britain, because it was played on grass courts by Victorian gentlemen and ladies. It is now played on a variety of surfaces. It is now played on a variety of surfaces.
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U.S. Open, international tennis tournament, the fourth and final of the major events that make up the annual Grand Slam of tennis (the other tournaments are the Australian Open, the French Open, and the Wimbledon Championships). Learn more about the history and past winners of the U.S. Open in this article.
History. The game was invented in England in the early days of the 20th century and was originally called Ping-Pong, a trade name. The name table tennis was adopted in 1921–22 when the old Ping-Pong Association formed in 1902 was revived. The original association had broken up about 1905, though apparently the game continued to be played in parts of England outside London and by the 1920s was being played in many countries.
Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player who was one of the greatest men’s players in history, with a record 20 career Grand Slam titles. With his victory at the 2008 Australian Open, he became the first Serbian man to win any of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Learn more about Djokovic’s life and career in this article.
Roger Federer, (born August 8, 1981, Basel, Switzerland), Swiss tennis player who dominated the sport in the early 21st century with his exceptional all-around game. His total of 20 career men’s singles Grand Slam championships (a feat later matched by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) is the most in tennis history.
Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of Great Britain published the first book of tennis rules in 1873. The first tennis championship took place four years later. It was held in a part of London, England, called Wimbledon. Tennis reached the United States in the 1870s.
1530s HISTORY OF TENNIS English king Henry VIII builds a tennis court at Hampton Court Palace (This court no longer exist but a similar court built there in 1625 and is in use until today). 1583 FIRST RACKET IN THE HISTORY OF TENNIS The first racquet was invented in Italy (history of tennis - web source). 19th Century History of Tennis
Lawn tennis was sanctioned when championship matches were held at Wimbledon in 1877 on the grounds of a club that had been renamed the All-England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. Familiarly called the Big W, it is still the shrine of lawn tennis and holds the only Grand Slam event still played on a grass surface.