The Origins of Tennis

The ancient form of tennis is termed as real tennis. Real tennis started over three centuries, from an earlier ball game played around the 12th century in France where players use their bare hand to hit a ball and then later changing to use a glove.  By the 16th century, the glove then became a racquet, the game had moved to an enclosed playing area, and the rules had standardized. Real tennis spread in popularity throughout royalty in Europe, reaching its peak in the 16th century.  The Four Majors or Grand Slam tournaments are considered the biggest competitions for tennis are Wimbledon (started 1877), the US Open (started 1881), the French Open (started 1891), and the Australian Open (started 1905).


Top Pros Choose Between Grand Slam or Olympic Games


With Rio Olympics around the corner, there are nine players in the Top 25 has announced that they will not be participating in the Olympic Games.  With the U.S Open staging on 29 Aug, most players are gaming for the big games in USA rather than Rio. Roger Federer will not be representing Switzerland for Rio games in order to rehabilitate the knee that undergone surgery this year.  Of course, Rafael Nadal will be representing Spain to game for the Gold medalist for tennis.