Tennis is a globally popular spectator team and individual racket sport played by millions of recreational enthusiasts, as well as athletes. In this post, let’s learn some Interesting facts about tennis.
- People believed that tennis came from the monastic cloisters in northern France in the 12th century with the name “jeu de paume” (game of the palm) as interestingly, the ball was struck with palm of the hand. Rackets were not came into use until the 16th century.
- The word “Tennis” originated from the Anglo-Norman term “Tenez.”
- Wimbledon, or the Wimbledon Championships Tournament is the oldest and the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
- The first Wimbledon was condicted in 1877 as the first of the four “Grand Slams” of the modern world with the other three namely The US Open was founded in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. 5. A player who won a Career Grand Slam if s/he wis all four majors during the course of his/ her career; a Non calendar-Year Grand Slam if s/he wins four majors consecutively, although not in the same year, and a Grand Slam title if s/he win all four majors in a calendar year.
- The longest tennis match is between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut which took 11 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Ultimately, John Isner triumphed and won the match.
- Tennis is also an Olympic sport allowing wheelchair athletes to play.
- The Davis Cup dates back to as old as 1900 which has become an annual competition between men’s national teams.
- Fed Cup is an analogous competition for women’s national teams, was established since 1963 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ITF
- 1968 marked the beginning of the open era in professional tennis in which the French Open was the very first “Grand Slam” major to go open.