One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A game in which two or four players strike a ball with rackets over a net stretched across a court. The usual form (originally called lawn tennis) is played with a felt-covered hollow rubber ball on a grass, clay, or artificial surface.See also real tennis
- ‘It was not creative tennis but it was enthralling nonetheless.’
- ‘Once upon a time, any old canvas plimsoll would do for a spot of tennis or a jog around the park.’
- ‘She fits in a gentle game of tennis every week.’
- ‘After a short break, I was playing tennis again.’
- ‘He has some unexpected spare time and challenges me to a game of tennis.’
- ‘Getting the ball over the net is important in tennis.’
- ‘Fishing and tennis are available nearby.’
- ‘For so long tennis was a sport that only mattered for a couple of weeks every year.’
- ‘Her father had never played tennis but had been impressed by Boris Becker on television.’
- ‘She has the best backhand in tennis, of both men or women.’
- ‘At one stage he thought he might give up tennis and take up football instead.’
- ‘He prides himself on being in shape, playing tennis and running on the treadmill to keep fit.’
- ‘We don't play tennis at school much these days.’
- ‘People no longer had time to spare to play tennis all day.’
- ‘It's a wonder he managed to concentrate on any tennis with so many other things on his mind.’
- ‘He was a great lover of country life and enjoyed tennis and golf.’
- ‘The club is hoping that this year will see more people than ever taking up tennis and joining the club.’
- ‘His tennis is so good that no-one can touch him.’
- ‘He is playing grass-court tennis of such perfection that it is hard to believe it will last.’
- ‘She does sports twice a week, such as tennis or swimming.’
Late Middle English tenetz, tenes ‘real tennis’, apparently from Old French tenez ‘take, receive’ (called by the server to an opponent), imperative of tenir.
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