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Lawn Tennis

Tennis is one of the most popular individual sports in the world. Players uses a racquet to hit a felt covered rubber ball over a net into the opponents court. The ball must be kept in play and can only bounce once before the opponent must strike the ball back over the net. The game is either played individually (singles) or with a partner (doubles).

The origin of tennis traces back to 12th century France. Louis X of France used to play a game in which it later evolved to Real Tennis. The modern tennis, which we call, lawn tennis, originated in Birmingham, England.

Tennis may be played indoor or outdoors, the common surfaces are hardcourt, grass and clay. The standard size of a tennis court is 23.77 meters x 8.23 meters for singles, and 23.77 meters x 10.97 meters for doubles.

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