Tennis originated from 2 possible places that had a matter of dispute, but the one majority historians credit comes from the 11th or 12th century French monks. They began playing crude handball against a wall or over a rope. They called it the games of the hand. Also many dispute that tennis came from a French word, which meant, "take this." The other place that it could have originated from was that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans played a game of tennis. Historians found that a few Arabic words coming from ancient Egyptian times are used as evidence. They say that the name tennis comes from the Egyptian town of Tinnis, and the word racket came from an Arabic word or "palm of the hand."