Tennis


The Yellow Eye of a Red Fish, originally uploaded by Becem.

Today’s tag search was ‘tennis’ in light of Wimbeldon having started. I thought this was an interesting pic compositionally.

Wiki has some nice stuff on tennis. I was surprised to see how old its origins are, at least according to this fairly comprehensive-looking entry:

Tennis can be traced as far back as the ancient Greek game of sphairistike (Greek: Σφαιριστική), and is mentioned in literature as far back as the Middle Ages in The Second Shepherds’ Play, in which shepherds gave three gifts, including a tennis ball, to the newborn Christ.[1] Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur‘s round table, plays tennis with a group of giants in The Turke and Gowin.[2] Another mention came in the late 16th century, when William Shakespeare mentions “tennis balles” in his play Henry V, when a basket of them is given to King Henry as a mockery of his youth and playfulness.[3] Major Walter Wingfield borrowed the name of this Greek game, in order to name the recreation he patented on February 23, 1874.[4] It was soon converted into a three-syllable word rhyming with “pike” and afterwards abbreviated either to sticky or the mock-French stické.[5] At the suggestion of future British prime minister Arthur Balfour, Wingfield eventually decided on “lawn tennis,” a name that he had also patented for the game.[6]

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