The history and development of tennis – the favorite sport in the UK (Part 2)

After gaining popularity with the French aristocracy, tennis began to spread throughout Europe, especially in Britain. Here too, the game was quickly adopted by the royal family, thus known as the sport of kings.

Tennis is not restricted to England and France, however, as it soon spread to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain.

The development of tennis

In the 19th century, with the flourishing Victoria coming from England, the game was revived. Some notable statehouses have built-in soccer fields in their facilities along with the first appearance of the tennis club providing facilities for their members to perform.

Game enthusiasts have been trying to modify the game into an outdoor sport for a long time, eventually facilitating the introduction of vulcanized rubber. This makes it possible to produce balls soft enough not to damage the grass. But still, it retains the vibrancy and elasticity of the rubber.

One factor contributing to the game’s revival is the simplicity and ease of outdoor tennis. A flat grass surface is all that is required, and it soon becomes a popular feature for grass tennis courts. While Tennis was indeed a sport of royalty and aristocracy, in Victorian England it was the upper classes who embraced the sport in the form of playing tennis on the grass.

Tennis was indeed a sport of royalty and aristocracy

It was Arthur Balfour, an English politician who coined the term “lawn”. Soon, many other derivatives began to replace the surface of the tennis court with grass. It was eventually being replaced with concrete and clay surfaces. Soon after, the tennis lawns began to replace with a new style of play as a summer sport.

Tennis nowadays

With the rise and fall of this sport, tennis has become a subject that everyone loves it. In the long run, this tennis game will continue to grow and highly develop.


The history and development of tennis – the favorite sport in the UK (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered where tennis came from and who was the first player? You want to know how this tennis has evolved through its stages. Here is all knowledge about tennis that is loved by millions of people around the world.

1. The origin of the famous tennis game

Ancient origin

If you learn about tennis, you will discover that ball games have been played since ancient times with the first depictions that can be found on the Egyptian temple inscriptions. from 1500 BC. It is said that the ball game formed part of the religious rites of the ancient Egyptians.

They were Christian monks, influenced by the Moors’ religious customs, who would be the first Europeans to play the raw form of tennis. In the first version of this game, called “La Soule”, the players hit the ball against each other either with bare hands or using a club. The game became popular in monasteries across Europe, to the point where the Church even planned to ban the game.

The development history of tennis

This was the first form of the game, in which the ball was usually hit against the walls of a courtyard, soon starting to be played outside the monasteries, with it further developing in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Soon, they discovered that they could control the ball better with just their hands, which soon led to the creation of a leather glove. It was not long before the glove started being attached to a wooden handle, thus creating the first tennis racket.

The balls undergo some screening, which changes from solid wood to bran stuffed into the skin. The game quickly became very popular, especially in France, where it was brought up by royalty.

The development of tennis

Tennis is different from the games played today. Players earn points the way they play the ball off the room walls. Another way in which polish differs from today’s game is a system of chases used.

In the game tennis nowadays, the ball is considered dead if it is bounced twice. However, in ancient Tennis, the point where the ball would bounce the second time would be marked with a marker, called the chase. Hence, a player who scores fewer points can win the game using more chasing skills.