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A tennis match at Wimbledon's Centre Court (2007)

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as lawn tennis. It had close connections both to various field (lawn) games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport today called real tennis. During most of the 19th century, in fact, the term tennis referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis: for example, in Disraeli's novel Sybil (1845), Lord Eugene De Vere announces that he will "go down to Hampton Court and play tennis."

Upcoming tournaments in July

Week Month Tour Points Tournament Surface Town Country
28 July ATP 250 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Grass Newport United States
28 July ATP 250 Swedish Open Clay Båstad Sweden
28 July ATP 500 German Open Hamburg Clay Hamburg Germany
28 July WTA 270 Bucharest Open Clay Bucharest Romania
29 July ATP 500 Washington Classic Hard Washington, D.C. United States
29 July ATP 250 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad Clay Gstaad Switzerland
29 July ATP 250 Austrian Open Clay Kitzbühel Austria
29 July ATP 250 Croatia Open Umag Clay Umag Croatia

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A line umpire focuses on his assigned line
In tennis, an official is a person who insures that a match or tournament is conducted according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Rules of Tennis and other competition regulations.

At the highest levels of the sport a team of up to ten officials may be on court at any given time. These officials are broken up in to categories based on their responsibility during the match. Contrastingly, many tennis matches are conducted with no officials present.

The Chair Umpire "is the final authority on all questions of fact during the match." Questions of fact include whether or not a ball was in, the calling of a service let or the calling of a foot-fault.

The Line Umpire "calls all shots relating to the assigned lines." Line umpires work on court as part of a team of between three and nine line umpires. Each line umpire is assigned by the chair umpire to one line or, in the case of a short handed crew, a position in a system. For example, a line umpire on the receiver's side may have to cover the center service line then, following the serve, move to one of the sidelines.

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Rodney George Laver.jpg
Rod Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian former tennis player and was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970. He is the only tennis player to have twice won the Grand Slam (all four major singles titles in the same year) — first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969. He is also the only male player and first player, male or female, to have won the Grand Slam during the open era. He is the 3rd male player to win all four Grand Slams in his career after Fred Perry and Don Budge.

Laver was ranked as the best professional player in the world during the five-year period he was excluded from the Grand Slam tournaments. Rod Laver is the second and last male player to win each major title twice in his career. Only Roy Emerson and Margaret Court had won all four Grand Slam tournaments twice before Laver in the history of tennis. In 1967 he also won the Professional Grand Slam (only Ken Rosewall did the same in 1963). Laver is universally regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

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  • April 1, 2018 - Sloane Stephens won the title at the Miami Open, defeating Jeļena Ostapenko in straight sets. It was Stephens' sixth career singles title, first Premier Mandatory title, and first title since winning the US Open in September 2017. On the men's side, John Isner won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, defeating Alexander Zverev in three sets.

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