A tennis match at Wimbledon
's Centre Court (2007)
Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.
Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as lawn tennis. It had close connections both to various field (lawn) games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport today called real tennis. During most of the 19th century, in fact, the term tennis referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis: for example, in Disraeli's novel Sybil (1845), Lord Eugene De Vere announces that he will "go down to Hampton Court and play tennis. "
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The 1877 Wimbledon Championship
was a men's tennis tournament held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club
(AEC<C) in Wimbledon, London
. It was the world's first official lawn tennis tournament, as well as the inaugural edition of what was later to be called a Grand Slam
tournament or Major. The AEC<C was founded in July 1868 as the All England Croquet Club and lawn tennis was introduced in February 1875 to compensate for the waning interest in croquet
. In June 1877 it decided to organise a tennis tournament to pay for a new pony roller which was needed for maintenance of the lawns. A set of rules was drawn up for the tournament which was derived from the first standardized rules of tennis issued in May 1875 by the Marylebone Cricket Club
The Gentlemen's Singles event was the only competition held and was contested by 22 competitors who paid one guinea entrance fee. The grass court tournament started on Monday, 9 July 1877 and the final, which was delayed three days due to rain, took place on Thursday, 19 July in front of a crowd of about 200 people. The spectators paid an entry fee of one shilling each, and the prize money for the winner was 12 guineas, plus a silver challenge cup valued at 25 guineas donated by the sports magazine The Field. Spencer Gore, a 27-year old rackets player from Wandsworth, won the first Wimbledon title, after defeating William Marshall, a 28-year old real tennis player, in three straight sets in the final that lasted 48 minutes. The tournament made a profit of £10.
, Serbian pronunciation: ['ana i'va:n?vit?]
; born 6 November 1987, in Belgrade
, then Yugoslavia
) is a former World No.1 Serbian tennis
player. She won the 2008 French Open
and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open
and the 2008 Australian Open
Competing as a professional since 2003, Ivanovic has won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, and was ranked no. for 12 weeks in 2008.
After winning the 2008 French Open she endured an ongoing period of reduced success, failing to make a Grand Slam quarterfinal in her subsequent 17 Grand Slam tournaments, and dropping as low as No. 65 in the rankings during July 2010. 2014 was a resurgent year for Ivanovic, winning the Auckland Open, her first singles title in over two years, and following up with tournament titles at the Monterrey Open, Birmingham Classic and Pan Pacific Open. She qualified for competition in the 2014 WTA Tour Championships and secured a year-end ranking of No.5.
- April 1, 2018 - Sloane Stephens won the title at the Miami Open, defeating Je?ena Ostapenko in straight sets. It was Stephens' sixth career singles title, first Premier Mandatory title, and first title since winning the US Open in September 2017. On the men's side, John Isner won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, defeating Alexander Zverev in three sets.
||The fascination of playing is paramount, the victory a minor consideration.
|-- Bill Tilden
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