Tennis is one of the more popular and, in a manner of speaking, one of the most high-profile sports played worldwide. The game can be played between two individual players or two opponent teams, with two players in each team, and the match is touted as ‘singles’ and ‘doubles,’ accordingly.
Played with a racket, the objective of the game is to hit the felt-covered ball into the opponent's court in such a way that they are unable to hit it back properly. In doing so, the hitter gains a point while the opponent does not score.
Tennis - A Game of Stamina
Since the game's objective is to hit the ball in such a way that the opponent cannot hit it back properly, the players have to make the best use of the tennis court, and it takes a great deal of stamina to do so and hit the ball in return.
The ball might get stuck in the net or might go out of court, and it is one of the most exciting games ever to be able to see who gets the better of the other.
Tennis - A Gentleman’s Game
Tennis can be played on a grass court, a hard court as well as the clay court. The highest honors of tennis are to win the Grand Slams- there are four in total. Wimbledon is held in Britain, played on the grass court, the US Open on hard court, the French Open on red clay court, and the Australian Open on hard courts.
Tennis is also considered a gentleman's sport as apart from the rules of the game, there are specific rules of etiquette that should be maintained on and off-court. One of the most popular ones is that both the players should shake hands at the end of the game.
Notable Tennis Players who Inspire
Over the years, several notable players have made their mark on tennis. Men’s tennis has seen the likes of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, among others. Women's tennis also has a bevy of stalwarts- Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams.
If you have never watched a tennis match Live, you have no idea what you are missing. There are several major tennis tournaments held around the year and since it is a worldwide spectator sport, meaning that it draws huge crowds, watching the matches is quite a different experience.