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Tennis is a racquet sport that can be played individually against a single opponent, known as singles, or between two teams of two players each, known as doubles.
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Key Facts & Information
- According to most historians, the game of tennis was invented by French monks in the 11th or 12th century. They hit a ball with their hands over a rope strung across a courtyard or against the walls of the monasteries.
- Next, players began using a glove with webbing between the fingers or a solid paddle.
- Eventually players began using a piece of webbing attached to a handle, which became the modern day racquet.
- The first tennis balls were made of wool or hair wrapped up in leather.
- The game had spread to the United States in the 1870’s.
- In 1877, the All England Croquet Club hosted a tennis cham- pionship. It was the beginning of its spread across the world.
- Tennis was introduced in Australia by 1880. The first championship was played there in 1905.
- In 1884, a women’s championship was introduced at Wimbledon, and women’s national championships were held in the United States starting in 1887.
- Traditionally, women wore full length dresses while playing for the Wimbledon tournament.
- Tennis in the 1880’s was dominated by the twin brothers William and Ernest Renshaw.
- Enter the Olympic Games in 1900, Laurie Doherty won the championship title representing his country, England.
- Tennis is a game played indoors or outdoors by two players when playing singles or four players when playing doubles.
- Tennis is played on a level court usually made of grass, clay, concrete, or materials made for indoor use, such as wood or synthetics.
- As per the International Tennis Federation, the weight of a tennis ball must be between 56.0 and 59.4 grams.
- Tennis balls were originally white. In 1986, yellow balls were first introduced at Wimbledon.
- The length of a standard tennis court is 78 feet. The width of a court differs with the type of match played there. For singles matches, the width of the tennis court is 27 feet, and for doubles matches, it is 36 feet.
- The height of the net in the middle of the tennis court is approximately three feet.
- A player must score four points to win a game. Six games need to be won to win a set and two sets to win a match.
- The different shots used in tennis are: forehand, backhand, serve, volley, lob, and drop shot.
- Boris Becker is the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon title. He was 17 years old in 1985 and the only unseeded player in history to win the title.
- The shortest tennis match lasted 20 minutes between Susan Tutt and Marion Bandy in 1969 at Wimbledon.
- The longest match in the history of tennis was played between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. It lasted for about 11 hours.
- The golden cup given to the men’s winner dates back to 1887, while the trophy given to women, called the “salver,” dates back to 1864.
- Venus and Serena Williams were the first set of sisters to ever win Olympic gold medals in tennis.
- The US Open is the only major tournament to use a tiebreak in the final set for singles.
- The prize money for Wimbledon winners became equal for men and women in 2007.
- Arthur Ashe was the first African American to win the US open in 1968.
- Roger Federer has earned 20 Grand Slam singles titles until January 28, 2018. while Margaret Court has 24 singles majors.
- Australian Sam Groth recorded the fastest serve in men’s tennis at 263.44 km/h (166.69 mph).
- The fastest ever recorded service in women’s tennis was from Germany’s Sabine Lisicki at 210 km/h (130.49 mph).
- Strawberries are popular during wimbledon. Every year, 24 tons of strawberries are consumed.
- The Royal Tennis Court located at Hampton Court Palace, London, is the world’s oldest tennis court, and it is still in use.
- Built between 1526 and 1529, it was Henry VIII’s venue to indulge his love of tennis.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about tennis across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Tennis worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the tennis which is a racquet sport that can be played individually against a single opponent, known as singles, or between two teams of two players each, known as doubles.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- The Court
- Tennis Jargon
- Male Icons
- Female Icons
- Getting to Know
- Basic Shots
- Grand Slam Queen
- Breaking Some Sweat
- A Tennis Player
- The Sport
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