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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 mentions of tennis in various pieces. In one of the best- known Aurtharian stories, we find Sir Gawain plays tennis against 17 giants on his way to kill the Green Knight. Poet John Grower in ‘Praise of Peace’ penned, “Of the tenetz to winne or lese a chase, Mai no lif wite er that the bal be ronne”. (Whether a chase is won or lost at tennis, nobody can know until the ball is run). Even William Shakespeare in Henry V mentioned ‘tennis balles’, when a basket of them is given to King Henry as a mockery of his youth and playfulness.

As the game became famous among Englishmen, Thomas Henry Gem and Juan Bautista Augurio Perera created a new set of rules by playing on the croquet lawn at Perera’s Edgbaston home in 1865. In 1872 both Gem and Perera moved to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and there they established the world’s first lawn tennis club.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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