Tennis originally was known as lawn tennis, and formally still is in Britain, because it was played on grass courts by Victorian gentlemen and ladies. It is now played on a variety of surfaces. It is now played on a variety of surfaces.
History. The game was invented in England in the early days of the 20th century and was originally called Ping-Pong, a trade name. The name table tennis was adopted in 1921–22 when the old Ping-Pong Association formed in 1902 was revived. The original association had broken up about 1905, though apparently the game continued to be played in parts of England outside London and by the 1920s was being played in many countries.
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. For many years tennis rackets were so similar that no official rules governed their size, shape, or composition. During the 1970s the traditional laminated wood frames were replaced by graphite, fiberglass, and other synthetic materials.
Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of Great Britain published the first book of tennis rules in 1873. The first tennis championship took place four years later. It was held in a part of London, England, called Wimbledon. Tennis reached the United States in the 1870s.
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