Tennis is a racquet sport played by individuals (singles) or pairs (doubles)
Tennis is a racquet sport played on a court of two halves, separated by a net. It is played by individuals (singles) or pairs (doubles) who hit the ball over the net with the aim of preventing their opponents from hitting it back.
Players use a stringed racquet to strike a small ball over a net into the opponent's court.
Tennis is now an Olympic sport played at various levels and ages around the world. Millions of tennis fans follow the major Tennis Opens, which have become huge draw cards for sponsors and players. Tennis rules have remained remarkably unchanged since the 1920s, although improved racquet design has vastly increased the speed of the game. Technology has also played a part in the sport's development, with electronic sensors often used to judge line calls.
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"Much of today's tennis terminology has French roots and the word 'tennis' comes from the French word 'tenez', which means 'to hold'. 'Racquet' comes from the word 'raquette', from the Arabic word 'rakhat', meaning the palm of the hand."
Credit: Doha 2006
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