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Roger Federer hitting a backhanded shot in 2012

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.

The rules of modern tennis have changed little since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tiebreak in the 1970s. A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point-challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point, a system known as Hawk-Eye. ( Full article...)

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The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon or The Championships, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely regarded as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts, since 2009 with a retractable roof over Centre Court, and since 2019 over No. 1 Court.

Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass, which is the traditional tennis playing surface. ( Full article...)
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Tennis Amsterdam Roy Emerson in aktie, Bestanddeelnr 922-4531.jpg Australian tennis player Roy Emerson at a tournament in The Netherlands in 1969.

Upcoming tournaments in June

Week Month Tour Points Tournament Surface Town Country
23 June ATP 250 Rosmalen Open Grass 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands
23 June ATP 250 Stuttgart Open Grass Stuttgart Germany
24 June ATP 500 Queen's Club Championships Grass London United Kingdom
24 June ATP 500 Halle Open Grass Halle Germany
24 June WTA 470 Birmingham Classic Grass Birmingham United Kingdom
24 June WTA 280 Mallorca Open Grass Mallorca Spain
25 June ATP 250 Eastbourne International Grass Nottingham United Kingdom
25 June WTA 470 Eastbourne International Grass Eastbourne United Kingdom
26, 27 June ITF 2000 Wimbledon Grass Wimbledon, London United Kingdom

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Tiafoe at 2017 Eastbourne

Frances Tiafoe Jr. ( /tiˈɑːf/ tee-AH-foh; born January 20, 1998) is an American professional tennis player. He has been ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as high as No. 29 in the world. Tiafoe won his first ATP title at the 2018 Delray Beach Open.

The son of Sierra Leonean immigrants, Tiafoe was raised at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), a USTA regional training center, in Maryland where his father worked as the head of maintenance. His unique background and success as a teenager led him to be widely regarded as a great prospect to become one of the next tennis stars for the United States. Tiafoe first broke into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings in 2016. With his victory at the 2018 Delray Beach Open, he became the youngest American title-holder on the ATP Tour since Andy Roddick in 2002. Tiafoe's best performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 2019 Australian Open, where he reached the quarterfinals. ( Full article...)
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