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Word “Tennis” is mentioned by W.Shakespeare in a history play Henry V in 1599.
Tennis originated in 12th century France, but at the beginning the ball was struck with the palm of the hand - hence the name jeu de paume ("game of the palm").
Rackets came into use in 16th century. The word “Racket” derives from the Arabic rakhat, meaning the palm of the hand.
A tennis match lasts approximately 2.5 hours, but the ball is only in play for approximately 20 minutes of that time.
Although there are few theories about it, the reason for the numbering of scores being "15", "30" and "40" is unknown.
Roughly 300 million balls are produced each year, which contributes around 22,000 tons of difficultly biodegradable rubber waste.
The shortest match ever was in the first round of the 2001 Shanghai between Francisco Clavet and Shan Jiang. It lasted 25 minutes.
The longest match was at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships between John Isner and Nickolas Mahut. It lasted 11h 05min and it took them 3 days to finish it.
In 1993 Monika Seles was stabbed in the back during the quarterfinal match in Hamburg by a disturbed Steffi Graf fan.
Tennis is considered “the white sport” since it had been a summer game for the higher class and white colour was a symbol of wealth.
The well-known "optic yellow" tennis balls were introduced in 1972 as a result of the research demonstrating that they were more visible on colour television.
The red clay is slower than the green, “Har-Tru” clay.
The only wild card to win the Men's Singles title was Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
The biggest tennis stadium is Arthur Ashe – named by the first African American winner of the US Open.
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The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was formed in September 1972 by Donald Dell, Bob Briner, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale to protect the interests of male professional tennis players. Drysdale became the first President.
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The Women's Tennis Association (WTA), founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King, is the principal organizing body of women's professional tennis. It governs the WTA Tour which is the worldwide professional tennis tour for women.
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