How did tennis originate?
Ball games can be traced back to ancient times and the earliest
representations can be found in carvings in Egyptian temples dating
from 1500BC. The Ancient Egyptians and the people that followed
actually played ball games as part of their religious ceremonies.
These traditions and the whole concept of the ball game spread into
Europe in the 8th century, the influence spread by the Moors whose
Empire reached into Southern France. Christian Monks became
interested in the religious rites of the Moors and were the first
Europeans to play the ball game that was to become tennis. The
earliest version of the game was called 'La Soule' where players
would hit a ball to each other using either their hands or a
Tennis originated from the Romans.
Tennis originated in Europe in the late 1800s.