- tennessee valley authority,
- tennessee walking horse,
- tennessee warbler,
- tenniel, sir john,
- tennis ball,
- tennis bracelet,
- tennis elbow,
- tennis shoe,
- tennis thumb
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.
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’|Marlow Stern|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Back in Paris at Roland Garros for the French Open tennis tournament.
Her voice died in a musical little note, and she seemed to be scrutinizing the tennis with an absorbed interest.Marriage|H. G. Wells
In front were two large lawns, an upper one used for croquet and a lower one for tennis.The Third Class at Miss Kaye's|Angela Brazil
Sir Richmond astonished the doctor by going to his room, reappearing dressed in tennis flannels and looking very well in them.The Secret Places of the Heart|H. G. Wells
They live in standardized brick bungalows in their own area which is equipped with tennis courts and a library.An African Adventure|Isaac F. Marcosson
Two frowning boys sat in their tennis flannels beneath the glare of lamp and gas.Philosophy 4|Owen Wister
Word Origin 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]