Tennis Day 2014 is making its way to the tennis court this Feb. 23, which marks the unofficial holiday to celebrate this popular sport still played around the world. While tennis may not have the notoriety that more commercialized sports like basketball, football, or baseball often receive, it nonetheless has historic roots that date back to 19th century England and is still a sport surrounded by high competition involving players everywhere. National Whatever Day News honors this special holiday this Sunday, Feb. 23, and provides new details on why we celebrate Tennis Day every year.
In what has become known as an annual tradition, Tennis Day is a time for players to take a moment to pause and put their rackets up in tribute for this special sports holiday. Tennis is a sport often played between two individual players (in a singles match) or between two opposing teams of two players (a doubles match). The players use a device known as a racket to hit a hollow rubber ball enclosed in felt (hence the tennis ball) over a long net and into the competitor’s court lines.
For those who wish to know this Tennis Day 2014, the primary object of this great game is to hit the ball in a specific way that the opposing player is unable to “play,” or hit, a solid return and make the tennis ball bounce back over the net. This Olympic sport is not just for children or the elderly, either, and is played at all ages and levels of society. It is frequently enjoyed by those who wish to move but not interested or willing to be in a close contact sport, yet still wish for a challenging, skillful, and athletic game. All one needs is a racket, and even those in wheelchairs have the opportunity to play on the court.
In order to properly celebrate Tennis Day around this world this Feb. 23, 2014, a little history might be helpful. The modern sport of tennis first began in Birmingham, England, sometime in the late 19th century. Initially called “lawn tennis,” the interesting game bore some striking similarities to previous field sports, including croquet and bowls, and even the older “racquet” sport. While rackets may have since been updated, a majority of the 19th century players in fact termed “tennis” to refer to actual tennis, not the burgeoning lawn game.
Tennis is enjoyed by literally millions of recreational players across the globe, is extremely popular in terms of garnering professional spectators — especially during the Grand Slam “Major” tournaments like the Opens — and remains a fun sport to enjoy this unofficial holiday for all people. So to honor Tennis Day 2014 this year, pull your rackets out of the garage and consider stepping out to play some tennis this Feb. or when the weather gets warmer!