British Colleges Sport runs Tennis events at our National
Championships for our full member Colleges. Each region will have
participants representing them in the following events:
- Men's and Women's
- Men's and Women's
- Mixed Doubles
FE Colleges have the opportunity to represent their region in
the National Championships run by British Colleges Sport.
Please visit: http://champs.bcsport.org -
our micro site which covers all things in relation to our Regional
and National championships events.
THE ORIGINS OF TENNIS
Tennis - The Beginnings
The idea of two people hitting a ball back and forth across some
obstacle, with their hand, feet or some implement, has probably
been acted out for centuries. Indeed, tennis historians who have
looked hard enough claim to have found evidence of tennis in
ancient Greece. But the first recognisable form of what we think of
as tennis came in the 13th century, and the game we know today
dates from the second half of the 19th century.' - The Book of
Tennis by Chris Bowers (JWM, 2002)
1316 - The French king Louis X dies after a strenuous game of
tennis (the form we know today as Real Tennis, Royal Tennis, Court
Tennis or Jeu de Paume), but the blow does nothing to dampen the
popularity of the pastime.
1530s - The English king Henry VIII builds a tennis court at
Hampton Court Palace. It no longer exists, but a similar court
built there in 1625 survives and is used today.
1870 - The All England Croquet Club is founded in the Wimbledon
district of London. Tennis isn't even thought of and is somewhat in
decline, as it is still an indoor game played only where royal and
rich benefactors have built a court.
1873 - An English army major Walter Clopton Wingfield designs,
patents, manufactures and markets a version of Real Tennis that can
be played outdoors on a lawn. He calls it 'Sphairistike' (from the
Greek word for ball games), offering the term 'lawn tennis' as a
helpful explanation. Wingfield sells Sphairistike in boxes that
feature two net posts, a net, rackets, and India rubber balls, plus
instructions about laying out the court and actually playing the
game. They cost five guineas (5.25 British pounds), a lot of money
at the time. Wingfield's boxes kickstart the modern form of tennis,
though the one thing that doesn't work is the name, and Wingfield
soon realises that his subtitle 'lawn tennis' is much better than
1875 - The All England Croquet Club's members vote to give one
of the croquet lawns over to tennis. The following year four more
are converted as the club considers staging a formal
1877 - The first Wimbledon tournament is staged at the (by now)
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The first winner is
1896 - Tennis is one of the core sports in the first modern
1900 - A Harvard university student Dwight F. Davis decides to
stage a team challenge match between the USA and the British Isles.
He has the cup engraved as the 'International Lawn Tennis Challenge
Trophy', but it soon becomes known as the Davis Cup.