Women's tennis at White City Stadium (Sydney) during Country Week
|Highest governing body||International Tennis Federation|
|First played||Between 1859 and 1865, Birmingham, England|
|Team members||Single or doubles|
|Mixed gender||Yes, separate tours & mixed doubles|
|Equipment||Tennis ball, tennis racket|
|Venue||Indoor or outdoor tennis court|
|Country or region||Worldwide|
|Olympic||Yes, part of Summer Olympic programme from 1900 to 1924|
Demonstration sport in the 1968 and 1984 Summer Olympics
Part of Summer Olympic programme since 1988
|Paralympic||Yes, part of Summer Paralympic programme since 1992|
Women's tennis is one of the most popular sports for women. It is one of the few sports where women command fame and popularity that equals men's sporting counterparts. Women's Tennis Association is the main organisation which runs female tennis.
Women's tennis is present from the first Olympic Games in 1900 in Paris and 1908 in London, but the women's doubles only appeared in 1920 at the Antwerp Games.
One of the first superstars of women's tennis is Suzanne Lenglen, who after six titles won at Wimbledon and the Internationaux de France leaves the amateur tennis to achieve a first professional tour in North America in 1926-1927. It is then considered a " Diva " 2.
Features of women's tennis
In women's tennis matches the ball is usually played without effect (less than lift) and games tend to play more from the baseline; typing is generally less powerful than men. The game is made in a more tactical speed and anticipation. The service is also less powerful; it is relatively less important than for men. However, there has been a noted evolution in this field since the 1990s.
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