Hello everyone. A few days ago we talked about fun facts about golf. Today we want to dedicate the post to 10 facts about tennis that maybe you didn’t know.
The truth is that there are many curiosities about tennis and we could take hours talking about them. However today we wanted to collect only 10 and you tell us which one is the most interesting or the one that has surprised you the most.
Here we go!
10 tennis facts
- The first one is about which one are the origins of this marvelous sport. It is believed to have originated in the monastic cloisters in northern France in the 12th century. Interestingly, the ball was then struck with palm of the hand. At that time it was named “jeu de paume” (game of the palm). Rackets came into use during the 16th century.
- Following the origins, we should know, if we are a true tennis lover, that the word “Tennis” comes from the Anglo-Norman term “Tenez.”
- We always talk a lot about Wimbledon Championships, not only because we are passionate, but also because this is where it literally started. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and also considered to be the most prestigious
- One thing that you might not know is that if the ball hits a player’s body or any part of their clothing before it lands, it is their opponents point (even if it would have gone out).
- We don’t say it, The International Tennis Federation decided that the weight of a tennis ball must be between 56.0 and 59.4 grams.
- The winner’s trophy at Wimbledon remains on display at the All England Club’s museum as winners do not take their trophies with them. However, they are given small replicas of the official trophies.
- For your record: The overall permissible length of a tennis racket is 29 inches.
- Clay, Hard, Glass, Carpet, and Wood are the five types of court surfaces used in professional tennis.
- True story: The shortest tennis match lasted a mere 20 minutes. It was played between Susan Tutt and Marion Bandy in 1969 at Wimbledon.
- The Olympics introduced tennis in 1896, and removed the game in 1924. However, tennis was reintroduced at the 1988 Olympics, and continues to be a part of the games to this day.