What is the Origin of Tennis?

The game of tennis has an ancient history. Ancient Greeks and Romans played ball games which gave rise to a French handball game known as ‘jeu de paume’ around the 12-13th century; most probably, this was where tennis originated from. Louis X of France was a keen player of jeu de paume. Eventually, indoor racquets began to get used. It was called indoor raquet-and-ball game. In Britain, ancient tennis is called real tennis and in the US it is called court tennis. The word ‘tennis’, most likely, came from a French word ‘Tennez!’ meaning, ‘Take it! Play!’ It was considered a royal game as the kings of England and France showed keen interest in the game. Lawn tennis was developed in 1874 by an Englishman named Major Wingfield.

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