By most accounts, tennis was first played by French monks in the 11th or 12th century, and the first "racquets" were made of human flesh! No, this wasn't some medieval horror. It was more like handball, played first by hitting against a wall, then later over a crude net. While not gruesome, hitting a ball with one's hand proved a little too uncomfortable after a while, so players began using gloves.
The very first tennis racket was made in 1874 in London by Major Walter C. Wingfield. The racket was the first one made of solid wood, meaning McEnroe could have done some serious damage back in ...
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Tennis rackets were invented in the middle of the 18th century. Monks in France created a very similar game to tennis, but they didn’t use rackets. The monks started out using their bare hands to hit the ball back and forth over something similar to a net, but then it shifted into the monks wearing leather gloves.
The Open era in 1968, when professionals and amateurs began competing together for cash prizes, was probably a key driver behind the development of racquets. Thomas Allen, The Conversation. Jan 22...
Developed as one of the first carbon tennis rackets, the Pro Staff line was actually our third venture into the carbon tennis racket space, following our “Galaxy” and “Sting” racket lines. In fact, when Pro Staff first debuted in 1983, we were selling wood, steel, and carbon tennis rackets.
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The Origin of Tennis Rackets. Tennis has a rich history, the origins of which date back to the 12th century. However, the first tennis racket was not made until 1874. It was made entirely of wood so that John McEnroe could have done severe damage at the time.
Players used solid wooden paddles until the invention or introduction of what we today call a racked in the 14th century. These rackets featured a teardrop shape with a long wooden handle. These rackets were used to hit the ball over a net-type structure.
Tennis rackets weren’t used until around the 14th century, in a game called Real or Royal Tennis. You can find out more about the games origin in our piece – The History of Tennis. These very basic rackets were made with strings made of gut, bound together in a wooden frame.