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.