- 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.
- 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.
- 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 match, width of tennis court is 27 feet, and for doubles match 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.
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