History of Tennis

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in History |

The word itself comes from the word tenez from the Ango-Norman (circa 1100) for ‘receive’ , which was what one would shout to one’s opponent before serving the ball. Despite this antiquity, it wasn’t until sometime in the 1500s that the game started taking on its more modern, more recognisable form. For example, in the early days one didn’t have a racquet but instead used a bare hand, or sometimes a gloved hand to hit the ball, back and forth

The game was extremely popular in France and Italy and it’s in the late 1500s that one can find numerous books being written about the sport that explain the rules of the game and the games’ supporters and patrons. In 1571 in England however, a charter was given by King Charles VIII to the Corporation of Tennis Professionals, forming, in effect, the first ever professional tennis association. In Henry V by Shakespeare tennis balls (‘tennis balles’) are mentioned in the play and symbolise youth and playfulness—albeit in a somewhat unflattering manner. All over Europe the game thrived, except perhaps under English Puritanism where sport and almost any type of leisure pursuit was considered frivolous and to be avoided as it was deemed unworthy of one’s time and was a sign of lack of piety. It was however, a sport for the aristocracy, almost exclusively, and during the Napoleonic times it was on its deathbed. This early form of tennis, known as ‘real tennis’, did in fact die out, but it begot three different racquet sports: racquets, squash racquets and lawn tennis, which is the game as we know it today.

In 1874 in Leamington Spa, England the Leamington Tennis Club was formed. Major Harry Gem, a solicitor,  and Augurio Perera, a Spanish merchant as well as two doctors are considered the founders of the modern game. It was played on a croquet lawn and combined elements of both the Pelota game, common in and native to Spain, and the game rackets.

The year earlier Major Walter Clopton Wingfield had designed and patented a similar game called Sphairistikè (from ancient Greek meaning “skill at playing at ball”), and was soon known simply as “sticky”. He likely based his game on the evolving sport of outdoor tennis including real tennis. Much of modern tennis terminology also derives from this period. He patented the game in 1874 with an eight-page rule book titled “Sphairistike or Lawn Tennis”, but he failed to succeed in enforcing his patent.

Mary Ewing Outerbridge played the game in Bermuda at “Clermont”, a house with a large lawn in Paget parish. In 1874 Mary returned from Bermuda and introduced lawn tennis to the United States. She set up the first tennis court in the United States on the grounds of the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club, which was near where the Staten Island Ferry Terminal is today. She played the first tennis game in the US against her sister Laura in Staten Island, New York, on an hourglass-shaped court.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Bet On Tennis

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Betting On Tennis |

There are numerous people out there who are really into sports betting, and for a good reason too. Not only that betting on sports is amazing, but it’s also very thrilling, and it is an opportunity to earn money doing something you really like. If you are looking for a sport that you should bet on, I would like to recommend one! Betting on tennis is probably the best type of sports betting anyone can find, and here are five very convincing reasons.

  1. It’s Rather Predictable

When it comes to tennis matches, one thing that you can definitely say about them is that they are a really predictable. If you think about it, it really makes sense  that they are so predictable. First of all, in team sports you are betting on a team, rather than an individual. In other words, this means that each member of the team should perform their best in order for them to be able to reach success. In tennis, generally you are betting on one person (unless the match is in doubles), and it’s all down to that one person. If the tennis player has been rather successful recently, it can be said with certainty that they will continue with being successful. However, it also pays off to learn more about their personal life and see whether they have had any problems injuries, and try to predict the outcome this way.

  1. It’s An Either – Or Situation

Tennis is a great sport to use in sports betting because as it has been previously mentioned it’s an either/or situation where one player will win. There is no draw as an outcome, which makes your chances of predicting the outcome higher. In addition to that, now all you have to do is choose the player will win, as well is the type of bet that you will place.

  1. Matches All Year Round

It’s true about many sports, but in tennis in particularly, there are huge tennis matches and tournaments that take place all year round, and all across the globe. If you have been a sports fan in the past, you are probably familiar with the tennis tournament schedules. This makes it a lot easier to plan your sports bets.

  1. Amazing Sport To Watch

In addition to what has been said about sports betting, it’s really are hard be that can be taken by people who like sports in the first place. When it comes to tennis, it’s such an amazing sport to watch: that it makes sports betting even a lot more fun.

  1. Simple Rules

On the other hand, even if you have never seen a tennis match in your life, do not despair. The rules of tennis are so simple and easily understood that anyone could get the hang of it in literally no time. In addition to that, rules of tennis are not only well understood, but also very well explained if you are watching the broadcast of a tennis match on your TV.

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