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September 02, 2010
With the US Open underway, I thought it time to ask ourselves why doesn't tennis get the love it deserves?
After all, it doesn't require an interpreter to understand. Or keep score.
It's a pure sport.
Mano a mano.
Unlike golf, there is defense and you have to be in shape. Since you occasionally get out of a brisk walk.
It's also one of the few, maybe the only sport, where women are equals. Get the same prize money. Even though they don't play as many sets, which means women are good lobbyers.
Some even lob as well.
And, finally, when the trophy is hoisted in the US Open, they'll be one winner for each gender. No teams tromping through the White House. No ticker tape parades.
Who do we have to thank for all of this?
We do know games of racquet and ball originated from a 12th century French handball game called jeu de paume, which translates into "game of the palm."
Sphairistikè, and you've been patient, is Greek for "playing ball" and was invented by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield in 1873, which evolved into the modern game.
Since it actually used a kind of racquet.
According to a 1927 article in The Times of London, the name was dropped because it was so difficult to pronounce.
There are a few theories for the name, "tennis," itself.
Did it derive from the ancient Egyptian city of Tinnis alongside the Nile?
The French claim that "tennis" derived from the French word, "Tenez," which means, "Look here."
And if you "look here" at this year's Open field, you have the excitement of watching two of the greatest of all time: Federer chasing history. Nadal chasing his first US Open title.
The women's field is wide open, since Serena Williams stepped on "a piece of glass" in a German restaurant at Wimbledon and is out of the tournament.
(Who knew German restaurants were such a minefield?)
Anyway, let's hit the ball around.
How do the modern greats compare to the old timers? Like Hoad, Laver, Budge, Gonzales, Borg and McEnroe, Navratilova and Graf? How has modern equipment affected the game? What's love got to do with it?
There must be a few "Sphairistikè" fans out there.
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Favorite mano a mano sport?