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23rd Feb each year

What better way could there be to keep your body fit than to do sports? There are hundreds of sports, both team and individual, guaranteeing that everyone can find something that is just right for him or her. Tennis has been a favorite sport of many since the 19th century, so if you haven’t yet, it is high time you tried it!

The History of Play Tennis Day

As we know it, tennis has been around since the mid 1800s, when two friends Harry Gem and Augurio Perera developed the game on Perera’s lawn in England. The first tennis club was created soon after, in 1872, and had just 4 members at the beginning of its existence. However, the origins of the sport of tennis can be traced back to twelfth century France, where it was played by hitting the ball with the hands instead of a racket. In fact, King Louis X was a big fan of the game that was then called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), and is considered the world’s first tennis player known by name. Since then, tennis has of course evolved greatly into the competition we know today, played by thousands and followed by millions of fans from around the world. Because of this, it is likely that the origins of Play Tennis Day can be traced back many hundred years.

How to Celebrate Play Tennis Day

The best way to enjoy Play Tennis Day is, of course, to pick up a few balls, a racket that’s relatively light and easy to hold, and head down to the local court. Bring a friend or loved one along for an added bonus and enjoy a sunny afternoon of serves and volleys. However, if you are not yet overly familiar with this sport or have never even picked up a racket, don’t worry! Play Tennis Day is also a great way to become introduced to the sport itself. Tennis is a fun but extremely intense game that pits you against your opponent one on one, with no team members to support you and nobody to rely on but yourself, and it is both physically and psychologically demanding. This is why it is generally considered a good sport for especially those with a strong sense of independence and plenty of drive and determination. Sign up for lessons with a qualified instructor to learn the basics and prepare yourself for the intensity of a real game. Alternately, you could celebrate this day by simply sitting down and watching a professional match, which can prove to be much more exciting than you may be anticipating—tennis is nothing like golf, to be sure. It is especially inspiring to watch the disabled play tennis and vanquish their disabilities at every turn by racing to and fro across the court in order to make it to that ball on time. If you ever have the chance to do so, it is a huge eye-opener to play a disabled opponent as well, as he or she will definitely shock you with agility and skill and force you to step up your game to avoid losing every single set. Whatever way you choose to celebrate it, Play Tennis Day is indeed a fun way to pay tribute to such a fast-paced sport.

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