Ever wondered where tennis comes from and who was the first player. You want to know the development of this game through its stages. Here is all the knowledge of tennis is loved by millions of people around the world.
The origin of tennis
If you learn about tennis, you will discover that ball games have been played since ancient times with the first descriptions that can be found on the carvings of ancient Egyptian temples dating from 1500 BC.
It is said that the ball game actually formed part of religious rituals of ancient Egyptians. This tradition was brought to Europe by the Moors in the 8th century.
They were Christian monks, influenced by the Moor’s religious customs, who would be the first Europeans to play the rough form of tennis.
In the first version of this game, called “La Soule”, the players hit the ball with each other, either with their bare hands or using sticks. The game became so popular in monasteries all over Europe that the Church even planned to ban the game.
History of tennis
This was the first form of the game, in which the ball was often hit on the walls of a yard. Tennis was soon began to be played outside the monasteries, with it further developed in the 12th and 13th centuries soon discovered that they could control the ball better with just their hands, which soon led to the creation of a leather glove.
It is not long before gloves begin to be attached to a wooden handle, thus creating the first tennis racket. The balls undergo a number of refinements, changing from solid wood to bran that is stuffed into the skin. The game quickly became very popular, especially in France, where it was taken up by royalty.
The development of tennis
The tennis that we play every day now, really has grown up in France. Originally named “Jeu de paumme”, or “game of the palm”, it became a high fashion sport played by kings and aristocracy, in the 16th century.
In those days, the French players would call out ‘Tenez’, or ‘Play’, at the beginning of the game, and it soon became known as the Royal sport.