One of the oldest sports still being played today, tennis first appeared as a concept in the medieval era, with the early form of the game called ‘Real Tennis’. Way before rackets were developed, this game involved hitting the tennis ball with bare hands, a type of game I once played at school in London just a few years ago. When the game adopted rackets in the 16th-century, it quickly became popular amongst European royalty.
Tennis played on the grass courts made so famous by Wimbledon today was born out of the 1800s. Thinly cut grass played host to matches for the first time, enabling the ball to bounce quickly the way we see and play in the game today. The first Wimbledon was hosted by the famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 1877, with the sport quickly becoming popular in the USA and France too.