Grand Slam Events

Every year, there are different tennis events and tournaments happening all over the world. However, the Grand Slam events mean a lot to all players. The most important tournaments include the U.S. Open, French Open, Australian Open, and Championships Wimbledon.

These four events are significant to players who want recognition. Other things that make them attractive include the awarded prize, historical significance, and tour ranking points. Each tennis player gets the chance to evaluate his or her strengths and weaknesses. A player wins the Grand Slam title after winning seven straight matches.

The U.S. Open

The first U.S. Open Grand Slam event was in 1881, in the state of Rhode Island. Currently, it is the second-oldest tournament. In addition, the US Open, held in the Big Apple, Queens or New York, is the final grand slam of the year. In the months of September and August, you can attend the grand slam event for a period of two weeks. In the past, the event has been played on three different surfaces including grass, clay, and hard court.

The main tennis tournaments in the U.S. Open are the singles and doubles games, which are for men and women. Other events include wheelchair tourneys, mixed doubles, senior tourneys, and junior tourneys. During the early days of the tournament, only men were allowed to compete. Furthermore, only men could become members of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association.

French Open

Also known as, Roland Garros, the French Open grand slam tournament is one of the most prominent tennis events.  It started in 1981, and the women tournament began in 1987. Paris, the city of love, hosts the event every year. The French Open has been held in four different venues since its establishment.

It was officially recognised as a grand slam event in 1925 when it was known as the French Championship. The French Open happens every year around late May to early June. It runs for two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros. The players play on clay courts, which makes them, slide and glide on the slippery court. The tournament possesses the highest number of broadcast viewership worldwide.

Australian Open

The first Grand Slam event held each year is the Australian Open. In January, it is held in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Park.  Since it started in 1905, the Australian Open has been held in seven different locations. The Australian Open was not a grand slam until the year 1924. The grand slam has a high number of attendance of more than 77,000 people.

Championships Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a unique and special grand slam. It is played on 8 millimeters of mowed grass. The event is held in Wimbledon in London, England. It is the oldest event in tennis history. The Championships Wimbledon is sometimes referred to as SW19. Considered as the most prestigious event in the tennis world, it is held in late June to early July. Its year of inception was 1877, and the first tennis event held was the men’s singles.

Grand Slam events are the most prestigious events and mean a great deal to the players. The events also have a great history, which is worth learning.

History of Tennis – How the Game of Kings Started

The history of tennis spans many cultures over thousands of years. Different cultures since the Neolithic times have played games involving rackets and balls. There are indicators that ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks played some type of tennis. Mesoamerican ruins showed that ball games were important in their culture. However, court tennis originated from game French monks played in the eleventh century.

Modern History of Tennis

The origin of the modern sport of tennis is paume, which is French for palm. Paume was a French court game in which players hit the ball with their palm. The game developed into jeu de paume and players used rackets to hit the ball.

Jeu de paume arrived in England, and both Henry VII and Henry VIII became fans of the sport. The sport spread like wildfire, and there were thousands of indoor courts built in the country. The Pope attempted to ban the sport but failed to do so. By 1500, gut and wood rackets were invented, and players used balls made of leather and cork.

However, the sport played by Henry VIII is different from the modern tennis played today. They played it indoors, and the objective of the game is to hit the ball into an opening in the roof of an indoor court. The net was three feet high in the centre and five feet high on both ends.

Evolution of Outdoor Tennis

The fame of indoor tennis declined in the 1700s. The next major milestone in the history of tennis came in the year 1850 with the development of vulcanised rubber, which resulted in the hard rubber ball that allowed tennis to be played on grassy surfaces.

Major Walter Wingfield created a game he called Sphairistike in 1873. The name is the Greek term for playing ball. He published the first book of rules and applied a patent for the game. This is the where the present day outdoor tennis came from. However, the game was initially played on a court with an hourglass shape. It became popular in Europe and spread to the US and China.

Croquet clubs adopted Wingfield’s game, and they played it on manicured lawns. That’s why outdoor tennis is now played on rectangular courts, instead of hourglass shaped ones. The All England Club Croquet organised its inaugural tennis tournament in Wimbledon in 1877 as a fundraiser. The rules made for the tournament became the rules for modern-day tennis.

However, it was only in 1884 when women were allowed to participate in Wimbledon. Rules required players to wear ties and hats, and only allowed underhand serves.

That’s the history of tennis. At present, players of all ages enjoy playing the sport. From a simple game of hitting the ball to the other side of the court, it now involves exploiting technical weaknesses and angles with strokes of various spins and speeds. Tennis has become a major sport that tournaments offer millions of dollars in prizes each year.

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