The very first lawn tennis tournament took place in 1874 in the USA - which was the start of tennis as we know it today. Before then, 'Real Tennis' was played indoors on wooden courts during the 16th century.
Tennis has changed as a sport over the years with the introduction of different surfaces, bringing an added dimension to the sport. Tennis is now played on grass, clay, and hard court, with different players more adept at playing on some surfaces than others. For example, Roger Federer is seen as the 'King of Grass', while Rafael Nadal excels on clay. Serena Williams is just brilliant everywhere.
While tennis is played year-round, there are four tournaments which take centre stage on an annual basis. These are the majors. Both men and women take part in these tournaments, with singles, doubles, and mixed doubles the variations of tennis on show.
- US Open
- Australian Open
- French Open
Tennis has had many superstars over the years. In the past, Andre Agassi, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, Stefan Edberg, and Boris Becker have all starred in the men's game, while Tracy Austin, Jana Novotna, Hana Mandlikova, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Kim Clijsters, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Margaret Smith Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf have all raised the profile of the women's game.
In modern times, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, and Naomi Osaka have all left fans in awe of their skill on the tennis court.
Betting on Tennis
While there are many options when it comes to placing bets on tennis, there are four which are extremely popular:
- Games Handicap
- Set Betting
- Total Games
We suggest you look at what your online bookmaker of choice offers when it comes to tennis and the various tournaments, as they will more than likely run specials, promotions, and boosted odds leading up to big tennis events.
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