Tennis is an Olympic sport which was originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as lawn tennis. Tennis is played between two players (singles) or two teams of two players each (doubles). The four Grand Slam tournaments (also known as the Majors) are especially popular: the Australian Open played on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played on grass courts, and the US Open also played on hard courts.
Between 1859 and 1865, both Harry Gem and his friend Augurio Perera generated a game that combined elements of the Basque ball and racquets game pelota, which played on Perera’s croquet lawn in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. From that time, that game (tennis) became so popular around the world. The first Grand Slam started from Australia (Australian Open) and ended to United States of America (US Open) in a year.
There are so many great players like Roger Federer, Swiss player currently ranked No. 2 who holds a record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles and another great player: Rafael Nadal, Spanish currently ranked world No. 1 as known as “The King of Clay” who won 16 Grand Slam singles titles. Serena Williams, American women tennis player who hold the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles with record of 39 Grand Slam titles.
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