Historical evidence indicates that a game similar to tennis was played in the ancient civilizations of the Orient, Rome, Greece, Egypt, and Persia hundreds of years before Christianity. Modern day tennis is developed in England and France, where it was popular in the 16 and 17 centuries. Wars and resulting economic and social conditions virtually eradicated the sport in Europe after that. Mary Outerbridge is credited with bringing tennis to America in the mid 1870’s by introducing it to the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club.
Tennis began as a lawn sport. Later clay, asphalt, and concrete became more standard surfaces because they could be maintained economically despite heavy public use. Tennis enjoyed it’s greatest surge of interest among the American public during the 1970’s, after television began routinely airing tournaments. Tennis appeals to many because it can be played year round, is relatively low in cost, needs to only two or four players, and is suitable for both sexes and all age groups
1. Serving begins from behind the right side of the baseline.
2. The serve for the second point is made from behind the left side of the baseline. The server continues alternating sides for each point until the game ends.
3. A serve is a fault if the server steps on or beyond the baseline before the ball is hit or if the ball does not make it over the net and into the diagonal service court.
4. A let is a serve that hits the top of the net and continues into the proper service court and is repeated.
5. Either the receiving or the serving team can score points.
6. The server gets two attempts to serve the ball into the proper service court.
7. The players alternate serving complete games. When playing doubles, the serve alternates from team to team. One player on a team serves a game then one player from the other team serves a game.
8. Players change sides of the court at the end of each odd numbered game.