- a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players equipped with rackets, in which a ball is driven back and forth over a low net that divides the court in half.
Origin of tennis
Examples from the Web for tennis
Ask any tennis journalist (myself included) or public relations representative if they have a good Li Na story and they do.
I'm sure there will be a huge down fall in the next two to three years for women's tennis in China.
Tennis dignitary Chris Evert stands behind her, forced into rapturous laughter along with 14,000 others inside the arena.
The Hamptons was once described on Gossip Girl as “Park Avenue but with tennis whites and Bain de Soleil.”The Hell of the Hamptons: Why the Exclusive Hotspot Is a Mind-Numbing Drag
August 18, 2014
Something stung my elbow and it blew up to the size of a tennis ball.Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Woody Allen, Shrinkage, and Live-Texting ‘Bridget Jones’
July 21, 2014
"There was one around last night," the tennis champion insisted.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
And all because I had refused to pay for a tennis racket and a few other things.
His calls and invitations for rides and tennis and golf were more frequent than ever.
I don't know what your taste in tennis flannels may be, but I hope it is good.
He does not play outdoor games; no golf, tennis, but little walking.Herbert Hoover
Word Origin and History for tennis
mid-14c., most likely from Anglo-French tenetz "hold! receive! take!," from Old French tenez, imperative of tenir "to hold, receive, take," which was used as a call from the server to his opponent. The original version of the game (a favorite sport of medieval French knights) was played by striking the ball with the palm of the hand, and in Old French was called la paulme, literally "the palm," but to an onlooker the service cry would naturally seem to identify the game.
The use of the word for the modern game is from 1874, short for lawn tennis, which originally was called sphairistike (1873), from Greek sphairistike (tekhne) "(skill) in playing at ball," from the root of sphere. It was invented, and named, by Maj. Walter C. Wingfield and first played at a garden party in Wales, inspired by the popularity of badminton.
The name 'sphairistike,' however, was impossible (if only because people would pronounce it as a word of three syllables to rhyme with 'pike') and it was soon rechristened. ["Times" of London, June 10, 1927]