In tennis, each player uses a tennis racket to strike a ball over a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play 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.

The Tennis competition at Baku 2017 will take place at the Baku Tennis Academy, a venue which has previously hosted a number of international events. Tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century.

Facts and figures:

  • In the past, the strings of the tennis racket were made of cow and sometimes of sheep's guts
  • Tennis balls were originally white. Yellow balls were first used at Wimbledon in 1986
  • The longest match on record took place in 2010 at Wimbledon, when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut went gladiator on the courts in a ridiculously epic 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 win for Isner that spanned three days and lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes

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