History of Tennis

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.


BBC SPORT | Tennis | History __ You will find a wealth of resources about the history of the game.  You will go "down the decades" with "classic matches" and more. - illustrated - From BBC - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/wimbledon_history/default.stm

Category:History of tennis __ Index of pages about tennis along with a nice click-to-enlarge gallery of tennis pictures. - From wikimedia.org - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:History_of_tennis    

ESPN.com - TENNIS - History __ Start with Men's Grand Slam title winners since 1877 and go from there.  You will find history for both men's and women's tennis as well as stats and schedules. - illustrated - From ESPN - http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/history?type=men

History of tennis __ "This article describes the history of tennis from ancient times to the evolution as the modern day international sport."  An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_era  

The History of Tennis __ " To see Good Tennis! What divine joy Can fill our leisure, or our minds employ? Let other people play at other things; The King of Games is still the Game of Kings " from Parker's Piece by J.K.Stephen"  A good overview of the history of tennis plus access and links to related materials. - illustrated - From realtennis.gbrit.com - http://www.realtennis.gbrit.com/history.htm

The History of Tennis __ You will find an article about the history of tennis along with links to many other related topics. - From about.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltenns.htm  


Lawn and Real Tennis - Online Guide __ A brief look at the history of the game. "The origin of Tennis, like so many Sports and Games is something of a mystery with various theories having been espoused. One version would have us believe that Stone Age man once hit rocks backwards and forwards with clubs, perhaps. A more substantial beginning is that Tennis derived from Handball, a version of which was played in the ancient world including the civilisations of Rome, Greece and Egypt." - From tradgames.org.uk - http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Tennis.htm 

Real Tennis History __ "Real Tennis as it is called in Britain, Royal Tennis as it is called in Australia, Court Tennis as it is called in the United States, Jeu de Paume as it is called in France or Tennis as it is properly known, is the oldest of all the racket games, and unlike most of the others, such as squash or lawn tennis, it is a product of evolution rather than pure invention."  You can read the whole story. - illustrated - From real-tennis.com - http://www.real-tennis.com/history/main.html 


Tennis 4 All - Tennis History __ "Opinions differ slightly on the origins of tennis. What we do know is that people were playing a game that resembles today's tennis early in the 12th century in France. At this time, people used their bare hands to hit the ball."  You will find FAQs about tennis and tennis history. - From tennis4all.com - http://www.tennis4all.com/info/history.shtml 

Tennis: History __ A general overview of the history of Tennis with links to related materials. - From infoplease.com - http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/sports/A0861489.html 

Tennis History Origins Early Historical Invention Beginnings __ A collection of resources about tennis history. - From About,com - http://tennis.about.com/od/history/

Tennis Rules - History of Tennis __ "The history of tennis is long and lovely, as is the sport itself. The game of tennis, or "real tennis" originated in France around the 17th century,..."  A good look at tennis history along with a lot of additional information about the game. - illustrated - From tennis-rules.net - http://www.tennis-rules.net/history_of_tennis/history_of_tennis.html

What is a brief history of Tennis? __ You will find a short article. - From quezi.com - http://quezi.com/10764


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