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THE HISTORY OF TENNIS. Most historians believe that tennis originated in northern France in the 12th century, but the ball was then struck with the palm of the hand. It was popular in England and France, although the game was only played indoors where the ball could be hit off the wall.

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Most historians believe that tennis originated in northern France in the 12th century, but the ball was then struck with the palm of the hand.

  • It was popular in England and France, although the game was only played indoors where the ball could be hit off the wall.
  • Tennis comes from the French “tenez”. The word “tennis” came into use in English in the mid 13th century from old French.
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In 1926, C.C. Pyleestablishedthefirstprofessionaltennis tour with a group of American and Frenchtennisplayers

  • Themost notable of theseearlyprofessionalswerethe American VinnieRichards and theFrenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen.
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In 1968, all players could compete in all tournaments, and top players were able to make their living from tennis.

  • With the beginning of the open era, tennis's popularity has spread worldwide