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Roger Federer hitting a backhanded shot in 2012

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as lawn tennis. It had close connections both to various field (lawn) games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport today called real tennis. During most of the 19th century, in fact, the term tennis referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis.

The rules of modern tennis have changed little since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tiebreak in the 1970s. A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point-challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point, a system known as Hawk-Eye.

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Radio Wimbledon was the official radio station to the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the AELTC in Wimbledon. Their contract finished in 2011. It has now been replaced by the similar Live@Wimbledon station. Read more...
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Henri Cochet 1922.jpg Henri Cochet, winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles and member of The Four Musketeers, in 1922.

Upcoming tournaments in October

Week Month Tour Points Tournament Surface Town Country
41 October ATP 500 Japan Open Hard Tokyo Japan
41 October ATP 500 China Open Hard Beijing China
42 October ATP 1000 Shanghai Masters Hard Shanghai China
43 October ATP 250 Stockholm Open Hard (i) Stockholm Sweden
43 October ATP 250 Kremlin Cup Hard (i) Moscow Russia
44 October ATP 500 Vienna Open Hard (i) Vienna Austria
44 October 250 Open Sud de France Hard (i) Montpellier France
44 October ATP 250 St. Petersburg Open Hard (i) St. Petersburg Russia

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Kim Clijsters in 2011

Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters (Dutch pronunciation: [kɪm ˈklɛistərs] (About this soundlisten); born 8 June 1983) is a Belgian professional tennis player. Clijsters has been a world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, having held both rankings simultaneously in 2003. She has won a total of six Grand Slam tournament titles, four in singles and two in doubles.

Clijsters has competed professionally from 1997 in an era in which her primary rivals were compatriot Justine Henin and 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams. Coming from a country with limited success in men's or women's tennis, Clijsters became the first Belgian player to attain the No. 1 ranking. Together with Henin, she established Belgium as a leading force in women's tennis as the two of them led their country to their first Fed Cup crown in 2001 and were the top two players in the world in late 2003. Individually, Clijsters has won 41 singles titles and 11 doubles titles on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. She was a three-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships. Between singles and doubles, she has been a champion at all four Grand Slam tournaments, winning the US Open and the Australian Open in singles and Wimbledon and the French Open in doubles with Ai Sugiyama. Her success at majors has been highlighted by winning three consecutive appearances at the US Open. Read more...
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