Here begins the history of lawn tennis. In 1874, Englishman Major Walter C. Wingfield patented in London the equipment and rules for the game that would later develop into modern-day tennis. He called the game, derived from court tennis, squash and badminton, “Sphairistiké” which is German for ball playing.
The "Modern" Wooden Racquet. In 1874, Major Walter C. Wingfield registered his patent in London for the equipment and rules of an outdoor lawn tennis that is generally considered the first version of what we play today. Within a year, Wingfield's equipment sets had been sold for use in Russia, India, Canada, and China.
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The French game "jeu de paume" (literally – a game of the palm) is considered to be the predecessor of tennis. Unlike modern tennis, they played jeu de paume indoors, using the palm of the hand to strike the ball. Later, the gloves replaced the palm; then, special bats replaced the gloves; and only after that, rackets occurred.
The History of Tennis Rackets. The history of tennis rackets starts simple, with wooden rackets being the most widely used for several years, and then moving towards steel rackets, composite rackets, metal rackets, and carbon fiber rackets. Almost all of the rackets stayed the same size until later on in the game, when many companies started experimenting with larger surface areas.
In The Second Shepherds' Play (c. 1500) shepherds gave three gifts, including a tennis ball, to the newborn Christ. Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur 's round table, plays tennis against a group of 17 giants in The Turke and Gowin (c. 1500).
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Racket, tennis ball, shoes, and a dress code are mandatory equipment for the sport. Apart from player needs, the tennis court needs a net to separate playing area of each player. Know about these equipment in detail below. Racket. Rackets can be made of many alloys or wood. There are no restrictions on the size or materials used in making a racket.
In 1874 Walter Clopton Wingfield created the rules, balls, and racquets for an outdoor version of tennis that he called sphairistike, Greek for ''playing ball.''. Wingfield's court was shaped like...
History. The game was invented in England in the early days of the 20th century and was originally called Ping-Pong, a trade name. The name table tennis was adopted in 1921–22 when the old Ping-Pong Association formed in 1902 was revived. The original association had broken up about 1905, though apparently the game continued to be played in parts of England outside London and by the 1920s was being played in many countries.