HISTORY OF TENNIS COURTS HISTORY OF TENNIS COURTS There are many theories as to the origins of tennis but many believe that the early form of tennis can be dated back to the 11th century when monks used to play hand ball around the cloisters of monasteries. The game gradually evolved to the game of Real Tennis, the precursor of the modern
Following the opening of the court in Boston in 1876, the next one in the U.S. was built in 1880 at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island, where the first championship of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association was also held, a year later. A second court was built in Boston in 1888 at the Boston Athletic Association.
In 1874, Major Walter C. Wingfield came up with the idea of tennis that we are all familiar with today. He laid down the simplified rules of “lawn” tennis. Players and the general public did not readily accept the rules and the concept of lawn tennis; especially the court. The initial courts of lawn tennis were constructed in the United States.
Overall clay tennis courts are just one of the many types of surfaces that I will be discussing throughout the course of this blog and we will examine the history behind these amazing creations.
History of the Tennis Court. The earliest games of tennis where played in the courtyards of monasteries in Europe. As the game evolved into Real Tennis, popular among European nobility, the game was played on rectangular indoor courts with hard floors of wood or stone.
In December 1873, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield designed an hourglass-shaped tennis court in order to obtain a patent on his court (as the rectangular court was already in use and was unpatentable). A temporary patent on this hourglass-shaped court was granted to him in February, 1874, which he never renewed when it expired in 1877.
Through the history,tennis became very popular,especially in France, where was accepted by the royal family. Later on,King of England Henry VIII builds a tennis court at Hampton Court palace about 1530s. The very first World Tennis Championship ever was held at Worple Road in Wimbledon, London(UK).
A tennis court is the venue where the sport of tennis is played. It is a firm rectangular surface with a low net stretched across the centre. The same surface can be used to play both doubles and singles matches. A variety of surfaces can be used to create a tennis court, each with its own characteristics which affect the playing style of the game.