Today is Play Tennis Day. Tennis has been around since the mid-1800s when two friends Harry Gem and Augurio Perera developed the game on Perera’s lawn in England. The origins of the sport can be traced back to twelfth-century France, where it was played by hitting the ball with the hands instead of a racket. King Louis X was a big fan of the game that was then called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”).
The first tennis club was created in 1872, and only had 4 members at the beginning of its existence. Since then, tennis has evolved into the incredible competition as we know today. Hats off to some of our All-Stars!
Althea GibsonSerena WilliamsJohn McEnroeBillie Jean KingRod Laver
Stefan EdbergBobby RiggsDavid FerrerMats WilanderEugenie Buchard
Venus WilliamsMonica SelesMaria SharapovaRoger FedererRafael Nadal
Andre AgassiMartina NavratilovaPete Sampras
Caroline WozniackiLleyton Hewitt Ivan Lendl
Kim ClijstersAna IvanovićRoy Emerson
Victoria AzarenkaSania MirzaJo-Wilfried Tsonga
Steffi GrafChris EvertArthur AsheBoris Becker
Agnieszka RadwańskaKei NishikoriHelen WillsKen Rosewall
Jimmy ConnorsAndy MurrayNovak DjokovicAndy Roddick, Björn Borg
Margaret CourtBill TildenJennifer CapriatiAngelique KerberDon Budge
Fred PerryStan WawrinkaMartina HingisJim CourierJuan Martin del Potro