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Tinnis to Tenez, and then Tennis

A group of historians believe that the the name Tennis originated from an Egyptian town on the Nile called Tinnis (in Arabic). Some other historians believe that the word came from Old French, via the Anglo-Norman term Tenez which means ‘hold, receive or take. Ancient and Medieval European literature has …

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English ‘Soccer’ became American

This is the American term of Football. But if we look into its history, Soccer is not conceptualized in America but it was very much a British import in America. In the 19th century football was quite popular in England but there were two forms of it-one played with foot …

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Olympic day on 23rd June

In 1947 during the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm, Doctor Gruss, IOC member in Czechoslovakia, presented a report on a World Olympic Day celebration which would primarily be a day of promoting the Olympic idea. The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were given the responsibility to choose …

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11 hours and 5 minutes of Isner- Mahut

On 22nd June 2010, in a first round match of Wimbledon singles American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut played the longest match in tennis history that stretched 11 hours and 5 minutes over 3 days and consisted of 183 games. On the first day, Isner took the first set …

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Tug of War between Sun and Moon

In a school’s Annual Sports Day, Tug of War is often included as the most entertaining event of the day. But did you ever think that this simple sport has a long history? The sport was practised in ancient Egypt, Greece and China, where it was believed that the Sun …

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Zerao at Zero Degree

A football match in remote Estádio Milton Corrêa at Macapa in Brazil attracts local people as it is not to the standard of international matches. But this soccer stadium has a very unusual centre line. The stadium is located at the centre of the Earth with the Equator running through its …

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It is ‘Dugout’ in Baseball

 For Indian cricket lovers, Dugout refers to the benches just behind the boundary line allowing players to enter and exit the field quickly to keep in pace with the speed of 20-20 matches. But the term has its originality not in cricket but in . Dugout probably started in 1844 …

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Tennis ‘Love’

In a game of tennis the word Love is used to represent the score of a player who has not scored any point. But it is quite mysterious about why the term Love is used. It is most commonly referred that Love represents the French word L’oeuf meaning an Egg …

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