Interesting facts about Tennis

One of the many popular sports played across many countries and also as a professional sport at an individual level is none other than Tennis or the Lawn Tennis.

Who can be not aware of Roger Federer, or Rafael Nadal of the recent times, or the famous Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi or Ivan Lendl of the past – the great players in the game of Lawn Tennis?

If I were to say that the synonym for lawn tennis is Wimbledon, then it is not a flattery by any means. Yes, Wimbledon in England is the venue for the major Tennis tournament way back in 1877.

The game of tennis was first played in England in 1870 and subsequently propagated to other countries across the world. Now, almost all the countries have a presence in this interesting game that can be played either indoor or outdoor. The tennis court is typically a natural grass court, but other forms of court are also prepared such as the Hard Court and the clay courts.

The game is played with the help of rackets and a ball that is light and elastic in nature. The tennis court is typically of 78 feet in length and 28 feet in width, with a net at the centre of the court. The game is played by individuals or by a team of two players. The players occupy positions on either side of the net. The object of the game is to hit the ball by one player such that it crosses the net and falls in the opponent area such that it becomes difficult to the opponent to return back the ball into the playing area. For every miss, the player is awarded point. The points start as 0 or love, 15, 30, 40 and the game ends if a player gets more than the 40 point count.

A player who wins six games is awarded that set and usually one tennis match comprises of best of 3 games or best of 5 games as the case may be.

The Wimbledon tournament in England, the US Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open in the Rolland Garros are the premier tournaments in Tennis. A player winning titles in all the four tournaments in a single year is said to have won the Grand Slam.