Tennis originated from the Romans. Tennis originated in Europe in the late 1800s.
As with any sport, individuals play what they enjoy; tennis enjoys the benefit of requiring no special clothing, need no other players to practice (i.e., players may practice their serve on an otherwise empty court, or hit against a flat backboard or similar surface), and need only one other player to play against.
Three top female tennis players during the early 1970s were Linda Tuero, Billie Jean King, and Karen Krantzcke. Wendy Turnbull was one of the top female tennis players during the late 1970s and the early 1980s.
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