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´╗┐Tennis is a complex sport with a long history and provides physical as well as mental benefits. Tennis is widely known as a sport that can be played throughout one's life. The history of tennis dates back to ancient Europe as a variation of modern handball. Its unique nature as a sport and the benefits it delivers, make tennis a very important and influential sport in the society we live in. Several thousand years ago, European monks played what has evolved to be the game of tennis for entertainment during religious ceremonies. In those early days, tennis was played against a wall. At first, people used their hand to swat at the ball until the leather glove came into existence. This was later replaced with a handle for hitting and serving the ball. As this game gained popularity, the monks began teaching the game to the nobility as well. There were a few European monarchs who banned the game while others promoted the construction of new playing areas. By the year 1500, popularity was on the rise as a new racket strung with sheep guts began to be used, contributing to the common term of "gut strings". ...read more.


Of these tournaments, Wimbledon (formerly known as the British Open), is the oldest and widely considered the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. A game of tennis is played in a tennis court, which is a firm rectangular surface with a low net stretched across the center. The game of tennis is played in singles and doubles formats, with either a single player or a duo of players playing the opposing side comprised likewise. The surface of a tennis court is may be made of grass, clay, concrete (hard court) or a synthetic material. For advanced tennis players, the court surface often influences the style of play and equipment they choose to use in a game. A knockout format is employed in individual tournaments with seeding used to determine the ordering of the groups as the competition progresses from the initial rounds to later rounds, with the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final game determining the merit order of all the players in the tournament. Tennis was introduced as an Olympic event in the first modern Olympics in 1896, which took place in Athens, Greece. Since then, it was contested in every Olympics until the year 1924. ...read more.


Another factor that makes tennis a unique sport is that it is played across all age groups, as soon as one is old enough to hold a racket. Parents often take comfort in the fact that tennis is not a contact sport, for their children to learn in their early years. While the sport improves physical conditioning, it is not generally viewed as favoring any particular physical characteristics in young players, since players have a wide mix of playing styles and equipment to utilize and adopt. In conclusion, tennis is a sport with a long and storied history, which provides one with a long list of benefits. As with all sports, there are also emotional benefits that one can gain from tennis. Sportsmanship and coping with the stress of competition are always aspects of character-building that can be gained by pursuing any sport. Tennis continues to evolve as new types of balls and rackets make it even easier to start playing and having fun, regardless of age or ability. Works Referenced William J. Baker (1988). "Sports in the Western World". p.182. University of Illinois Press. "125 years of Wimbledon: From birth of lawn tennis to modern marvels". CNN. "The big four in the final four once again". 25 January 2012. Kramer, Jack; Deford, Frank (1979). The Game, My 40 Years in Tennis. Will Grimsley, Tennis: Its History, People, and Events (1971) ...read more.

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