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The four Grand Slam tournaments (also referred to as the Majors) are especially popular: the Australian Open played on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played on grass courts, and the US Open also played on hard courts.
Tennis is played by millions of recreational players and is also a popular worldwide spectator sport.He was absolutely terrific at marketing and he sent his game all over the world.He had very good connections with the clergy, the law profession, and the aristocracy and he sent thousands of sets out in the first year or so, in 1874." This was three years before the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club would hold its first championships at Wimbledon, in 1877.The first Championships culminated in a significant debate on how to standardise the rules. There was also a doubles match which was won by a local pair. The ball in Boston was larger than the one normally used in New York.She laid out a tennis court at the Staten Island Cricket Club at Camp Washington, Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York. Woodhouse won the singles title, and a silver cup worth $100, by defeating Canadian I. On , the oldest nationwide tennis organization in the world In 1913, the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), now the International Tennis Federation (ITF), was founded and established three official tournaments as the major championships of the day.The invention of the first lawn mower in 1830, in Britain, is believed to have been a catalyst, for the preparation of modern-style grass courts, sporting ovals, playing fields, pitches, greens, etc.
This in turn led to the codification of modern rules for many sports, including lawn tennis, most football codes, lawn bowls and others.
Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court.
The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return.
The rules of modern tennis have changed little since the 1890s.
Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tiebreak in the 1970s.
Louis was unhappy with playing tennis outdoors and accordingly had indoor, enclosed courts made in Paris "around the end of the 13th century".