From a polite lawn game played by the well-to-do, tennis has evolved a century later into a major sport worldwide attracting millions of fans a year.
Today, Roland Garros in Paris and the leafy green London suburbs of Wimbledon are known across the planet as famous "grand slam" venues for pro matches featuring tennis superstars.
Just up ahead, get the tennis bug at major sites devoted to improving your game,
with tips on equipment, how to play like the pro's, picture galleries of your favorite stars, and major tennis open championships:
BBC SPORT | Tennis - Complete and up-to-the minute tennis
news, feature stories, men's and women's tours and current rankings,
Tennis Hall of Fame - Take a virtual tour of the museum
located in Newport, Rhode Island with exhibits devoted to the
history of the game plus separate galleries devoted to champions
of the Roaring 20's, tennis stars of the 50's and 60's on up to
a tribute to Billy Jean King, and more, with membership and contact
info, directions and related links.
- The cyber edition of the print publication offering up the latest
news, features stories on tennis gear, books and travel, story
archive, online tennis instruction and tips of the day, plus current
tennis rankings, schedules and TV listings.
ATP World Tour
- The official site of professional tennis, with more bells
and whistles, multimedia coverage and photos than you can shake
a racket at, supplemented by strong news content, rankings, game
schedules, and links to fan sites and social communities
Tennis Server - One-stop browsing for news, regular columns
featuring interviews, improving your game, gearing up mentally
and physically, plus tips on tennis equipment, a directory of
tennis clubs and organizations, related links.
Canada - Quick, flashy opening leads to the latest results,
teams and programs, national and international news, profiles
of new female stars, Rogers Cup and Tennis Masters Canada coverage.
In French and English.
of Tennis - The sport of kings, as played by Henry VIII
at Hampton Court, with an illustrated overview and a naturally
British focus, related links.
History of Tennis - From DiscoverFrance.com with an illustrated
two-pager beginning in a French medieval monastery to the 18th
century, and on up to the Birth of the French Open.