5 FAST FACTS FRIDAY: TENNIS
It was only a matter of time before Team 30Fifteen decided to make a 5 Fast Facts post about our favorite sport: tennis. The sport has such a rich history, that five facts isn't NEARLY enough to include all of the unique details, but we did our best to supply you with the most interesting facts we could find.
1) Lawn tennis was first patented by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield in 1874, under the name "Sphairistike," meaning "skill in playing at ball."
2) Wingfield's game was played with a net that was 4ft and 8in high! (Modern tennis nets are just 3ft high at the center)
3) There are 4 Grand Slam tennis events: Wimbledon (of course), the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open.
4)There are 5 different types of tennis court surfaces: clay, hard, grass, carpet, and wood.
5) Tennis used to be played with white balls, and yellow balls were not introduced until Wimbledon 1986.
There are so many other interesting facts and stories, surrounding the game of tennis, but those are stories for another day - another blog post. In the meantime, leave us a comment! What are some of your favorite tennis fun facts? Maybe you'll see them in a future post!