There are only a handful of individual sports that are held in high regard such as tennis. For those of you who are a bit unfamiliar with sports, tennis is a racket sport that can either be played individually or in doubles. This means you can play the game either against one opponent or you can play it with one teammate against 2 opponents.
It started out around 1859 to 1865 in England. Within a couple of years, the sport quickly gained traction. In 1877, the first of the four major tournaments was founded. Wimbledon was held in London for the best in the world. By 1881, popularity had grown even more and the US Open was founded. The first French Open game was technically played in 1891 but it wouldn’t be known as the “French Open” until 1925. The last of the four majors is the Australian Open, which was first held in 1905 at Melbourne. Tennis also joined the roster of Summer Olympics games in 1896. The next biggest stages are the ATP Tour for men and the WTA Tour for women.
Grand Slam Tour
There are a lot of international major tournaments in the world of competitive tennis, but the biggest of them all have to be the four major tournaments in the Grand Slam Tour. These tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. These tournaments are the top ones mainly because these tournaments have the highest prize money, the most media coverage, and offer the highest amount of ranking points.
One of the most impressive things an athlete can achieve in the world of competitive tennis is achieving a calendar-year Grand Slam, which means winning all 4 of the majors within one year. It has only ever been done six times, and the last time it was done was in 1988 by a German female powerhouse named Steffi Graf.
ATP & WTA Tours
The ATP and WTA Tours are the next biggest tournaments in professional tennis. These tours hold both singles and doubles tournaments and are held by separate organizations. The ATP is for men and WTA is for women.
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