Definitely the most classy and ultimately stylish form of recreation. Dated back to thousands of years ago, first beloved by the monks, then aristocracy, to become the ultimate favorite of movie stars and then Federers and Nadals of the world, making its way to our local pitch. Here are a few words on the history of tennis.
First enjoyed indoors, in a form hardly similar to contemporary one, tennis experienced its first revolution in 1850, witch the process of vulcanization, which made the balls possible to use outside, mainly on the grass. In 1874 first the game gained popularity in the USA and then later in Russia, Canada, India and China. In 1877, the first Wimbledon took place. The game turned out to be the most prestigious tennis tournament, held yearly till today. Interestingly, not much has changed rules-wisely since then. Yellow balls were used in 1986, to make them more visible for the TV and tennis tournaments such as the Grand Slam were established. Other miracles came along, like phenomenal Venus Williams with her record 205 km/hour serve and Boris Becker, who won Wimbledon aged 17.
The Grand Slam is the oldest and most prestigious tennis event, composed of Australian Open in January, French Open in May, Wimbledon in July and the US open in September. Each of those ‘components’ lasts for two weeks. The longest game ever took place in 2010 and lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes and the fastest serve belongs to Australian Samuel Groth, with 263 km/h. Quite impressive for a sport which first used animal guts for the strings of the rackets.