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He tennis is a sport which is practiced with rackets and a small ball . It can be played by two individuals (one against one) or two couples (two people against the other two). The goal is to impact the ball so that it passes over the net that divides the court in half, trying that the opponent fails to return it.

It is believed that tennis emerged in the XII century in french territory. In those early versions of game , the ball was hit with the hands. From century XVI , began to use rackets.

A match begins with a player's serve. You must hit the ball so that it bounces off a square that is diagonally, on the side of the field that your opponent occupies. From then on, both players have to pass the ball over the net alternatively. When a player fails to return it to the other side, his opponent adds a point.

The score in tennis is divided into points , games (games ) and sets . By adding four points, you get a game. These points are counted successively as follows: 15 , 30 , 40 and game . In case the competitors match in 40, they must win two consecutive points to keep the game . Then, when a player wins six games, he gets a set . The winner of the match is the one who wins two or three sets, according to the characteristics of the tournament.

Other interesting information about tennis we can say that are the following:
-When it began to expand across the European continent, it was achieved as a sport that only the upper classes of society practiced.
-From the Olympic Games in Athens held in the year 1896 is considered Olympic sport.
-Among the most relevant and most prestigious international competitions in this discipline are Roland Garros and Wimbledon, for example.
-The record of the longest tennis game in history is held by John Isner and Nicolás Mahut in the Wimbledon Championship of 2010. Specifically, it came to last a whopping 11 hours and 5 minutes, being the first player who finally won.
-The male tennis player with the highest number of Grand Slam titles is Roger Federer while the female athlete with that record is held by Margaret Court.
-The only tennis player who has won the four Grand Slams in the same year and the Olympic medal is Steffi Graff
-The fastest take-off mark has it in the masculine scope the Australian Samuel Groth, with 263 Kilometers per hour, and in the feminine scope the American Venus Williams with 209 kilometers per hour.
-Another significant curiosity about this sport is that the tennis player who has the record of having been able to win the same Grand Slam nine times is not the other than the Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who has become the undisputed king of Roland Garros.

The Association of Professional Tennis Players (organization known as ATP ) is the most important body of men's professional tennis. The entity organizes a world tour (the ATP Tour ) which leads players to compete in different countries, adding points for a ranking (the ranking of the ATP ). In the case of women, the governing body of tennis is the Wta .

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