The most primitive form of tennis is called Real Tennis. Most historians believe that this movement originated from a game in the 12th century in northern France where missionaries hit the ball in the church corridor. In the middle of the 14th century, a French poet introduced this ball game to the French court as a pastime for the royal family. At that time, playing this kind of game, the venue was the hall in the court. There was no net and no racket. The ball was rolled into a circle and tied with a rope. In the middle of the field, a rope is used as the boundary. Using both hands as rackets, the ball is thrown away from the rope. French is called Tenez, and English is called “Take it! Play”, which means: “Catch! Throw in the past”. Today, the term “Tennis” comes from this. In the 16th century, a wooden racket was used instead of two hands. The original tennis ball was made only from two hemispheres filled with grass, leaves or hair. Later, with the continuous development of tennis, the ball was made more and more elaborate.
At the beginning of the 16th century, this ball game was discovered by French nationals. It began to follow the curiosity and quickly spread to major cities and improved utensils. The ball is made more durable, the racquet is changed from wood to sheepskin, the area of the racquet is enlarged, and the handle of the grip is lengthened. The rope in the middle of the field increases the number of short ropes hanging down to the ground. When the ball passes under the rope, it can be clearly noticed. It was later banned by King Louis of France and stipulated that this was a privileged game in the court.
At the beginning of the 17th century, the rope curtain was no longer used in the middle of the field, and the small square grid was used. The net was better than the curtain. The beat was changed to the threaded net racket, which was flexible and light and convenient. When playing this game in the French court, a golden container is placed next to the court. After each match, the audience puts the money into the dish as a winner’s prize. This method was very good at first, and it gradually evolved into a kind of gambling. At the beginning, the number was still small. The longer the gambling, the more gambling, and even some people went bankrupt. As a result of the dispute, the French King ordered that the game be banned. This is the main reason for the decline of tennis in the early 18th century.