Originating in England in the late 19th century as "lawn tennis," with its roots going back to the ancient game of real tennis, tennis spread first throughout the English-speaking world, particularly among the upper classes. Tennis is now once again an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society, by all ages, and in many countries around the world. It can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including people in wheelchairs. In the United States, there is a collegiate circuit which is organized by the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
Australian OpenThe Australian Open takes place in Melbourne Park, Melbourne at the Rod Laver arena. In 2009 it finishes on the 1st of February.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) was built to be a "home" for British tennis.
In high school and college teams, there are about 20 (this is an estimate) players. However, only a select few of those 20 can be placed in the competition. Here's a rough outline of the draw:
In doubles, there are 2 players against 2 players. In singles, there is 1 player against 1 player. I've played singles and doubles, so I for sure know this part. In team competitions, the school that wins the most matches wins. If there is a tie, I believe they add up the games (actual games, compared to points).
It is hard for one school to dominate, though it is certainly possible. You have to not only have a strong player, but many strong players. If your #1 singles player is ready to go pro, good for you! But if the rest are horrible, the coach might as well toss the keys in the trash and give up hopes for winning.
The 2011 US golf open was won by Rory Mcilroy and the 2011 US tennis open, was won in the mens by Novak Djokovic and in the womens by Samantha Stosur.