Who Invented Tennis?

Who Invented Tennis?

Amongst the top sports today, one of the most popular and exciting is tennis. Governed by the International Tennis Federation, it is truly fun and entertaining to watch, thanks to its highly interesting rules and other fundamental aspects. The popularity of the sport is highly attributed to its rich television exposure, particularly in the coverage of major tennis events like the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open. In addition, the Australian Open is also part of the Grand Slam tournaments of the sport. Learn more about the game by looking back at its colorful history including who invented tennis. The Invention of Tennis Who invented tennis? According to many sports historians, Walter Clopton Wingfield invented the modern version of the game. Some time in December 1873, he created the design and patented the sport referred to as sphairistike, which shares many similarities with the modern-day form of the game. By 1877, the first Wimbledon championships were held in London, England. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information Tennis is played basically with tennis balls and tennis racquets. In terms of play, it is important to take note of the different important aspects involved in the game such as the scoring, single point plays and lines. Likewise, it is important to become familiar with the different parts and limits of a tennis court in order to become great players of the game. Generally, the game is played in four different types of surfaces, namely carpet, grass, hard and clay. Major events like the U.S. Open and the Australian Open use hard surfaces. On the other hand, Wimbledon events use grass as surface, while the French Open games are usually set on clay courts. Players can execute eight different kinds of...
Who Invented Bowling?

Who Invented Bowling?

There are those who wonder who invented bowling. Bowling is a sport that brings various health benefits. It is basically an anaerobic type of exercise that is comparable to lifting free weights and walking. This popular sport is older than you might think. Let’s go over the history of the game to figure out who invented bowling. Earliest History There are those who believe that you can trace the history of bowling all the way to the stone age. Flinders Petrie, a British anthropologist found evidence of this game in ancient times. Along with a team of archaeologists, he found evidence of a game that resembles bowling in Egypt in a find they made in the 1930’s. Among the unearthed objects from a grave of a small child they found a somewhat primitive form of the game. This is an interesting evidence to point to the Egyptians to be those who invented bowling. Of course, this discovery will not go on without any challenges. There are those who went on to argue that the game didn’t actually begin in Egypt but in some other place some time later. Other Possible Origins The argument against crediting the creation of bowling to the Egyptians is contested. A German historian by the name of William Pehle claims that the game of bowling actually originated in Germany. He gives 300 AD as the date of the game’s origin. The claim that the Germans are to be credited as the ones who invented bowling is not too far fetched. The game takes origins as a religious ceremony that was used to determine if one has no sin. German monks introduced the game to the populace as a way to test the people’s faith. English...
Who Invented Baseball?

Who Invented Baseball?

Baseball is definitely one of the most exciting and fun sports today. Because of its different interesting aspects, it is even considered as the national sport of the U.S. Furthermore, it has become a highly anticipated event in other places such as East Asia, the Caribbean and South America. One of the leading international sports organization involved in the game today is Major League Baseball, where outstanding players from all over the world converge and compete against each other. The Invention of Baseball Who invented baseball? Because of his major contributions in the establishment of some of the most important rules and aspects of the sport, the invention of the game was credited to Alexander Cartwright. In fact, on June 3, 1953, the U.S. Congress even recognized him as the inventor of modern baseball. The game was invented some time in 1845. In addition, he was also recognized as the founder of the pioneer baseball organization called the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club. Additional Facts and Other Important Information Unknown to baseball fans, a myth once emerged that the person who actually invented the game first was named Abner Doubleday. According to the details of the story, he was able to invent the sport in 1839, when he was in Cooperstown, New York. However, due to numerous inconsistencies, sports historians were able to see loopholes in that story. These inconsistencies eventually led to the debunking of such myth. When playing this game, there are necessarily three basic tools, namely the glove, bat and ball. The glove serves the purpose of holding and catching the ball. Meanwhile, the bat is basically made out of solid wood, the purpose of which is to hit the ball. In terms of measurement, the ball...
Who Invented Drag Racing?

Who Invented Drag Racing?...

Drag racing is deemed to be the most spectacular of all motor sports because both the drivers and spectators actually feel the rush of adrenaline as they anticipate who will be victorious in the event. Since it is a thriving sport in many countries including America, UK, and Europe, some people may have probably been curious to know who invented drag racing before it became a multi-million dollar sport in various countries. A Little Known History of Drag Racing Much speculation still surrounds the idea of the real creator of the drag racing sport. Many say that this particular motor sport has actually been practiced ever since the second automobile was created. However, there are some who can be given credit for their own contributions to this sport. One of them is Leslie Long. Long was considered to be among those early Southern California hot rodders who has a love for this sport. Long participated at the dry lakes matches before World War II. And still continued to be a regular in the racing matches after the war in Santa Ana (which was considered as the first commercial dragstrip in the world). Another of the famous contributors to this sport is Wally Parks, the editor of the Hot Rod magazine, who was said to be the person who invented drag racing. Parks had written an article in the April issue of the magazine in 1950 about “controlled drag races” which may act as a particular alternative to the more common lakes racing during that time. After a year, together with trusted associates, Parks invented this motor sport virtually. They were able to organize the NHRA (the National Hot Rod Association), made the procedures for the sport, and established the...
Who Invented Hockey?

Who Invented Hockey?

Based on the history of hockey, James Creighton of McGill University in Canada invented the rules in 1875. However the rules he set up were for the modern ice hockey game. The basic concept of the sport has been around for thousands of years. Possible Origins of Hockey Archaeologists have determined that a hockey type game was being played in ancient Egypt 2,000 years ago. Much of the evidence was found in the village of Beni Hasan. There, archaeologists found a depiction on the tomb of Kheti. Two men were illustrated holding curved sticks with a ball between them. Studies on the early history of hockey also prove that Hellenistic civilizations played a similar game called Keritizin. The game looked very similar to field hockey. There are also records showing the Romans playing a sport called paganica. It revolved around a ball and sticks. Variations of the stick and ball game have been found in other civilizations as well. The Persian, Aztec, Arabian and Ethiopians all played a game like field hockey. Given this fact, it may prove impossible to determine the sport’s rue origin. The Medieval Age The Medieval Age produced other hockey like games. The Scots played a game called shinty and the French termed it crosse. The Irish developed a game called hurling and it bore resemblance to hockey. While the history of hockey is old, the word first appeared in 1527. The French used the word hoquet to refer to the curved stick. The word hockie also appeared in Ireland Statues. In fact historians assert that the modern game started in Ireland. Field hockey also became popular in England during the 1600 to 1700s. The game proved so popular that entire villages would hold tournaments....
Who Invented Basketball?

Who Invented Basketball?...

Without a doubt, basketball is one of the most popular sports worldwide. The success of international sports groups and organizations like the National Basketball Association or NBA as well as the International Basketball Federation or FIBA has contributed to the overall popularity of the game. Likewise, the emergence of the Women’s National Basketball Association or WNBA gave women the opportunity to participate in this well-loved sport. In order to know the game more, it is good to know who invented basketball. The Invention of Basketball Who invented basketball? James Naismith was credited for the invention of this team sport some time in December 1891. He was at that time a YMCA Training School instructor in the City of Springfield in Massachusetts. His primary purpose for inventing the game was to give his students a vigorous indoor game to play especially during the extremely cold winter season. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information At first, the game of basketball was played exclusively indoors. Before, a peach basket was nailed 10 feet high. Players usually shot the ball inside the basket in order to score. When a goal was made, the ball was to be retrieved manually. They solved this problem by cutting a hole under the basket in order for the ball to pass directly through it. The use of peach basket lasted until 1906. After that, it was replaced by backboards and metal hoops, just like in the basketball as it is today. The first official basketball game took place on January 20, 1892, which was held right inside the YMCA gymnasium. The playing field used then only measured half of the current regulation-size basketball court. The official score after that game was 1-0. After the game was invented,...
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