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Tennis Description Essay

 

Tennis the Sport No matter what age you are, tennis is a compatible sport made for anyone who wants a goodworkout and a fun experience. People of all walks of life have come to enjoy this sport. Althoughtennis had began as an aristocratic sport it has grown to be a pleasurable activity for all. The moderngame of tennis originated in the 19

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century in the UK. Only upper-class Englishmen could play thegame but now anyone who can hold a racket is eligible to play. Even men and women in wheelchairsare capable of playing this sport. Also, millions of spectators from around the globe come and watchthe games played in the Grand Slam tournaments.Surprising no rules have been changed since the 1890's except for the addition of the tie breaker.The rules in tennis are simple and vary by the amount of people you have in the game. “A legal servicestarts a

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, in which the players alternate hitting the ball across the net.” If you are playing a singlesmatch (one person on each side of the net) then allies, which are the 11.89 meters on the end of eachside, is in. When a ball is in, then the point counts against the person on that side. If you are playingdoubles (two people on each side of the net) then the allies are considered out. To begin the game of tennis the players are designated as either a server or a receiver. The servers starts of with the ball andmakes the first move for each point. The ball needs to land from the server into the opposite service box. There are two service boxes on each side of the court. When the ball reaches the other side, thereceiver must be able to hit the ball back over the net within one drop on the ground. If the ball hits theground more than once then the point goes to the server. Later the roles switch and the receiver  becomes the server while the server must be able to intercept the fast moving ball. However, if you are playing doubles then the four players take turns serving. When a team member is serving then the player must move forward toward the net and volley the shots. When someone volleys the shots itmeans that they try to intercept the ball before it touches the ground. Often times, the receivers shootthe ball cross court which makes it harder for the player to volley. When they receiver has no choice

Tennis is a sport played with a felt-covered rubberball, a racket, and a court.

First, early in the 11th century, players in France played this sport with their hands. It was called “Jeu de Paume”. In the 15th century the sport came to Poland and the players played with rackets. Now it is called “tennis”. It became popular in England and France. King Henry III was a big fan of the game.

There are many different kinds of courts, like grass, clay or hard court. The goal of tennis is to hit the ball over the net into the other player’s court. When the other player cannot return the ball, a point is won. The game is played with two or four people. When it is played with two people, it is called “singles”, and when it is played with four people, it is called “doubles”. The court has "alleys" on each side, which are "fair" territory when playing doubles.

A tennis game has a number of sets. Each set has a number of games, and each game has points. The points are counted love (0, after the French l'oeuf), fifteen (15), thirty (30), and forty (40). If both players get to forty, the score is deuce from which 2 more points are needed to win the game. When one player reaches six games, it is one set. If it is a three-set match, the player who wins two sets first is the winner. If the game count reaches 5–5, the set must be won with two more games than the other player, like 7–5 or 8–6. If the game count gets to 6–6, a "tiebreaker" is played. In a tiebreak, players have to get at least seven points while getting two more points than the other player to win the set. In tiebreak points are called “one,” “two,” etc.

The game started in Germany during the 1700s. Tennis is now a sport that is played at the Olympics. They also have big tournaments like the U.S. Open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. These four are known as Grand Slam events. Tennis’s official name is "lawn tennis".[source?] Since 1998, every September 23 has been called "Tennis Day".

There is also soft tennis. Soft tennis is different from regulation tennis. For example, the racket, ball and rules are much different. Soft tennis is popular in Japan. Thousands of people play soft tennis. Tennis is quite a popular sport which lots of people enjoy watching.

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There are many different "shots" and "strokes", ways to hit the ball, in tennis. A stroke is the way the body is moved to hit the ball. A shot is how the ball is hit. These include:

Strokes
  • The backhand is a type of stroke hit by swinging the racquet away from the body. The stroke begins with the arm holding the racquet held across the body. It is then moved in front of the body to hit the ball. For a right-handed player, a backhand begins on the left side of his body, continues across his body as the ball is hit, and ends on the right side of his body. It can be either a one-handed or a two-handed stroke.
  • The forehand is the opposite of the backhand. It starts with the arm outside of the body and moves across the body. For a right handed player, the arm starts on the right side of the body and moves across the body to the left side. The forehand is hit with one hand (most commonly the hand the player uses to write).
Shots
  • A serve (sometimes called a service) is a shot to start a point. The serve is usually started by tossing the ball into the air and hitting it across the net. The serve may be done underhand or overhead. The overhead serve the most common form. The serve is done from behind the baseline (the line at the back of the court). The serve must land on the inside of the service line and center service line on the other side of the net to call it good. The serve that is set has to be in the box diagonal to where the server serves.
  • A volley is a shot that is hit before the ball bounces on the ground. Usually, a player hits a volley while standing near the net. It is sometimes done farther back, in the middle of the court or even near the back.
  • A drop shot is tapping . A good drop shot travels just far enough that the opponent cannot run fast enough to get to it.
  • A lob is a shot that can use backhand or forehand swings. For a lob the person has to swing through, but make the tennis ball go up. When the ball goes up the goal is for the ball to land in between the baseline (the line at the back of the court) and the service line.

Four Grand Slams[change | change source]

Winning all four Grand Slams in the same year is called a Calendar Slam. They are the most important tennis tournaments of each season (year). This is because of the world ranking points, tradition, prize-money, and public attention.[source?]

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