The Greatest Tennis Player of All Time
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Until the mid-1950s, Bill Tilden was generally considered the greatest player ever, his only rivals being Vines, Budge, and Kramer. For much of the 1950s and 1960s, many thought Gonzales had claimed that title. Since then, first Laver, then more … Read More

Great tennis players
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Great Players Numerous great players played in the days before tennis’s Open era, many of whom are unknown by modern sports fans. Among them, chronologically, are: “Big Bill” Tilden – winner of 21 amateur Grand Slam titles, 7 consecutive Davis … Read More

History of tennis
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Tennis has a long history (deriving from the ‘jeu de paume’), but its establishment as the modern sport can be dated to two separate roots. In 1856, Alex Ryden, a solicitor, and his friend Batista Pereira, a Spanish merchant, who … Read More

Tennis shots
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A competent tennis player has eight basic shots in his or her repertoire: the serve, forehand, backhand, volley, half-volley, overhead smash, drop shot, and lob. Serve A serve (or, more formally, a “service”) in tennis is a shot to start … Read More