The sport Tennis (formerly called lawn tennis) is said to have it's origin from France in the 14th century and was later played in USA during the 19th century. The game was developed in England (also in the 19th century). It is played on a rectangular court with a net dividing it into two equal halves. Two opposing players (called singles) or a pair of players on each side (called doubles) play this game. When played by a pair of players, the doubles may be mixed on either side (i.e a teammate comprising of a male and a female). The players make use of an oval shaped racket having a tightly crossed strings to strike a small round ball of fixed weight and size. The player holds the racket on it's handle, enabling them to have a firm grip. Each player always attempt to tactically hit the ball over the net, into the playing margins of the opponent's landing half. A player gets point whenever the opponent fail to properly and correctly return the ball within the prescribed dimensions of the court. The surface of the court on which tennis is played can be either clay, grass, carpet or hard surface, depending on the tournament.
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The size of the court may vary slightly depending on it's surface, but generally, the court's full length is 78 feet while it's width is 27 feet. The length on either half of the court (since it is separated by a net in it's center) is 39 feet. There are free spaces around these specified court dimensions to enable the players move and run while attempting to return the ball.
Dimensions of the Net
The net is rigid and suspended by a metal cable of 0.847cm in height on each sides. It runs across the center of the court, dividing it into two equal halves. It measures 39 feet in width and has a height of three feet (for singles) and three and half feet (for doubles).
The dimensions of a tennis racket may vary but the maximum length of the tennis racket, including it's handle is 73.7cm. The overall width shall not exceed 31.7cm. The surface of the racket used in hitting the ball (i.e the crossed strings) should not exceed 39.4cm in length and 29.2cm in width.
Note: Some notable players is the male category of this beautiful game (tennis) include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andre Agassi. In the female category, we have Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, Martina Hinges, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.
The four Grand Slam tennis tournaments are:
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