How Did Tennis Get its Name, Where Did the Game Come From, and What Does Tennis Mean in French?

In the eleventh century, French monks started playing a game by batting a crude handball around the monastery.

It was a kind of handball with a rope strung across a courtyard.

The game progressed and became popular with royalty before catching on in England in the thirteenth century.

how did tennis get its name where did the game come from and what does tennis mean in french scaled

When returning a ball over the net, the French players shouted, “Tenez,” which, roughly translated, means, “Take that!”

The English did the same, only “tenez” became “tennis.”

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