Brianda Arantxa LopezGarcia
History of Tennis
Most people are somewhat aware of the diverse array of sports that are played around the world. This awareness was probably attained firsthand, through actually playing these sports or observing these sports being played. This is because sports have somehow worked their way into our hearts, by bringing people from different backgrounds together to work towards to common goal, whether the goal is staying fit, playing competitively or just having fun. However, most people just enjoy these sports without really taking the time to appreciate them and ask questions about them. One question that could be asked is; how did these sports originate? Each sport has its history, but today I will specifically talk about one; Tennis. In my opinion, Tennis is one of the most fascinating sports. Once, during a conversation with my friends, I was flabbergasted when I made a shocking discovery: some people find it boring! My hypothesis is that this lack of appreciation is caused by a lack of information, which is what inspired me to do this essay. I want to remedy ignorance that causes so many to neglect a truly inspirational sport. Historians believe that this sport was born in 12th century France. The whole thing started with a game named “jeu de paume,” during which a ball was struck with the palm of the hand. The first person who started playing the game was Louis V. He is considered the father of modern indoor tennis courts, a design that became widespread across royal palaces throughout Europe. Apparently, when it was newly invented, tennis was only played by royal families. It was not until the 16th century, when rackets were introduced, that the game began to be called "tennis", from the Old French term “Tenez”, which means "hold!," "receive!" or "take!". It was popular in England and France, although the game was only played indoors. In December 1873, Walter...
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